Spring 2020 Seminar Series

January 23

Dr. Mary Jane Epps, Department of Biology, Mary Baldwin University
Title: “When butterflies beat the birds and the bees: Cryptic specialization in a pollination mutualism”

Hosted by Joanie King on behalf of the EGSO

January 30

Graduate Recruiting Event

    • Pierre Lau – Title “Honey bee macronutrient regulation: A rational approach on honey bee ecology and physiology”
    • Xiaotian Tang – Title “Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum’ inhibits apoptostis in Bactericera cockerelli gut to facilitate its acquisition and colonization”
    • Jennifer Rhinesmith – Carranza – Title “Inter- and intraspecific effects on carrion volatile emissions and attraction of two primary colonizers, Nicrophorus vespilloides (Herbst) (Coleoptera: Silphidae) and Lucilia sericata (Meigen) (Diptera: Calliphoridae)

February 6

Dr. Jiaxin Lei, Department of Entomology, TAMU
Title: Circadian clock and plant defense

Hosted by Keyan Zhu-Salzman

February 13

Dr. Alisa Huffaker, Division of Biological Sciences, UC San Diego
Title: Identifying components of Panicoid defense responses using association mapping

Hosted by Ada Szczepaniec

February 20

No Seminar

February 27

Dr. Hsiao-Hsuan (Rose) Wang, Department of Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology, TAMU
Title: Death (Cochliomyia macellaria), disease (Phlebotomus argentipes), quarantine (Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus), and bankruptcy (Melanaphis sacchari): A systems ecologist’s perspective on complex socio-environmental problems involving spineless creatures

Hosted by Aaron Tarone

March 5

Dr. Pierre-André Eyer, Department of Entomology, TAMU
Title: Colony structures and mating strategies of different invasive ant species

Hosted by Ed Vargo

March 12

Spring Break

March 19

Dr. Monika Gulia-Nuss, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Nevada, Reno
Title: Cas9-mediated gene-editing in the black-legged tick, Ixodes scapularis, by embryo injection and ReMOT

Hosted by Patricia Pietrantonio

March 26

Dr. Will Wetzel, Department of Entomology, Michigan State University
Title: Plant diversity and the ecology of plant-insect interactions

Hosted by Micky Eubanks

April 2

Dr. Aaron Gassman, Department of Entomology, Iowa State University
Title: TBA

Hosted by Spence Behmer

April 9

Dr. Felicity Muth, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin
Title: “New insights into the cognitive ecology of pollination”

Hosted by Anjel Helms

April 16

Dr. M. Deane Bowers, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado
Title: “Caterpillars and chemistry:  Host plant consequences for insect defense”

Hosted by Alex Payne on behalf of the Aggie Women in Entomology

April 23

Dr. Wulfila Gronenberg, Department of Neuroscience, University of Arizona
Title: Social insects – social brains?

Hosted by Patricia Pietrantonio

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