Spring 2021 Virtual Seminar Series

Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. via Zoom

January 28

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

Host: Dr. Anjel Helms

February 4

Dr. Peter Armbruster, Department of Biology, Georgetown University
Title: “Life history and molecular physiology of climatic adaptation in the invasive vector mosquito, Aedes albopictus

Host: Dr. Kevin Myles

February 11

Dr. Jen Pechal, Department of Entomology, Michigan State University
Title: “Applications of Insect-Microbiome Interactions”

Host: Dr. Aaron Tarone

February 18

Graduate Student Recognition & Award Seminar

February 25

Dr. Patricia Scaraffia, Department of Tropical Medicine, Tulane University
Title: “Application of mass spectrometry-based metabolomics for uncovering metabolic interactions in mosquitoes”

Host: Dr. Zach Adelman

March 4

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

Host: Dr. Patricia Pietrantonio

March 11

Aggie Women in Entomology Invited Speaker

Dr. Deane Bowers, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado
Title: “Causes and Consequences of Caterpillar Chemical Defense”

Host: Jaclyn Martin (Aggie Women in Entomology)

March 18

No Seminar  – Spring Micro-Break

March 25

Entomology Graduate Student Organization Invited Speaker

Dr. Anurag Agrawal, Department of Entomology, Cornell University
Title: “Insect herbivores drive plant evolution through a successional cycle”

Host: EGSO (M. Thompson)

April 1

Dr. Will Wetzel, Department of Entomology, Michigan State University
Title: “Plant-insect interactions in a variable and changing world”

Host: Dr. Micky Eubanks

April 8

Dr. Aaron Gassman, Department of Entomology, Iowa State University
Title: “Resistance to Bt corn by western corn rootworm: effects of pest biology, the pest- crop interaction and the agricultural landscape on resistance”

Host: Dr. Spence Behmer

April 15

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 Control”

Host: Dr. Patricia Pietrantonio


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