Previous Seminars

Winter QUARTER 2024

January 08, 2024
Dr. Adler Dillman
UC Riverside, Department of Nematology
Title: Nematode Parasitism of Insects with Toxic Cardenolides
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January 22, 2024
Dr. William Ja
The Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation and Technology in Jupiter, Florida
Title: EAT, EXCRETE, & DIE: Regulation of homeostatic behaviors and aging in Drosophila
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January 29, 2024
Dr. Todd Johnson
Louisiana State University, Department of Entomology
Title: Characterizing ecological interactions of arthropods in forests under global change
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February 05, 2024
Dr. Orie Shafer
City University of New York
Title: Circadian and Homeostatic Regulation of Fly Sleep

February 12, 2024
Dr. Peter Piermarini
The Ohio State University, Department of Entomology
Title: Discovery of Novel Chemical Tools for Controlling the Most Dangerous Animals on Earth

February 26, 2024
Dr. Dorith Rotenberg
North Carolina State University, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
Title: Advances and Innovations in the Characterization of Molecular Interactions Between Frankliniella occidentalis, Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus and the Plant Host

March 04, 2024
Dr. Salil Bidaye
Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience
Title: How flies control how they walk by knowing when and how to stop
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March 11, 2024
Dr. Inga Zasada
USDA-ARS Horticultural Crops Research Laboratory, Corvallis, Oregon
Title: How an Applied Nematologist Uses Genomic Tools to Address Plant-Parasitic Nematode Research

Fall QUARTER 2023

October 02, 2023
Dr. Paul CaraDonna
Chicago Botanic Garden and Northwestern University
Title: Understanding the dynamics of plant-pollinator interactions in a changing world
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October 09, 2023
Dr. Geoffrey Attardo
UC Davis, Department of Entomology and Nematology
Title: The Mating Biology of Tsetse Flies – Insights into the Morphological, Biochemical, and Molecular Responses to Mating Stimuli in a Viviparous Disease Vector
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October 16, 2023
Dr. Anthony Vaudo
U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
Title: Pollen Nutritional ecology of Bee-Blower Interactions
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October 23, 2023
Dr. Sascha Nicklisch
UC Davis, Department of Environmental Toxicology
Title: Disarming the Defenses of Resistant Pests: Rational Design of Inhibitors for ABC Transporter Proteins in the Varroa Mite
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October 30, 2023
Dr. Rodrigo Monjaraz-Ruedas
San Diego State University, Department of Biology
Title: Ring Species, Ring Speciation or a Ring of Species? An Example with California Mygalomorph Spiders
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November 06, 2023
Dr. Jason Hong
USDA-ARS, U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory
Title: Managing Soilborne Pathogens and Pests with Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation (ASD)
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November 13 - Virtual Only
Charlotte Alberts
UC Davis, Department of Entomology, Ullman Lab and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Title: EXIT SEMINAR: Assassin Fly (Diptera: Asilidae) Systematics and Predator Ecology

November 20, 2023
Dr. Étienne Danchin
INRAE, Genomics & Adaptive Molecular Evolution
Title: Parasitic Success in the Absence of Sex: What Have We Learned from Nematode Genomes?
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November 27, 2023
Dr. Arnon Dag
Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Institute
Title: Improving Cross-Pollination in Deciduous Fruit Trees
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December 04, 2023
Dr. James Nieh
UC San Diego, Division of Biological Sciences, Department of Ecology, Behavior & Evolution
Title: Danger, Dopamine, and Dance: New Insights from the Magic Well of Honey Bee Communication
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Spring QUARTER 2023

April 05, 2023
Dr. Terry McGlynn
California State University, Dominguez Hills, Department of Biology
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Title: Lessons about thermal ecology from rainforest ants
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April 12, 2023
Dr. Chistopher Mayack
USDA-ARS, Invasive Species and Pollinator Health Research Unit
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Title: Chemical biomarkers and the physiological underpinnings of honey bee health decline
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April 19, 2023
Zachary Griebenow
UC Davis, Department of Entomology and Nematology - Ward Lab
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Title: EXIT SEMINAR: Systematic revision of the ant subfamily Leptanillinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) using reciprocal illumination from phylogenomics and morphology
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April 26, 2023 - Virtual Only
Samuel Jaffe
The Caterpillar Lab
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Title: Telling The Whole Story: Using native caterpillars, their ecological connections, and novel outreach tools to showcase the importance of biodiversity
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May 03, 2023
Dr. John Hargrove
Stellenbosch University, South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis
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Title: Tsetse, trypanosomiasis and climate change: What can we learn from field data collected in the Zambezi Valley of Zimbabwe?
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May 10, 2023
Dr. Irene Newton
Indiana University, Department of Biology
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Title: Friends with benefits: protective microbial symbioses in the honey bee
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May 17, 2023 - Virtual Only
Dr. Paulo Vieira
USDA-ARS, Mycology & Nematology Genetic Diversity & Biology Laboratory
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Title: Beech leaf disease: an emergent threat to beech forest ecosystems in North America

May 24, 2023
Dr. Katie Thompson-Peer
UC Irvine, Department of Developmental and Cell Biology
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Title: Cellular mechanisms of dendrite regeneration after neuron injury
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June 06, 2023
Lindsey Mack
UC Davis, Department of Entomology and Nematology - Attardo Lab
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Title: EXIT SEMINAR: Genetic and molecular factors influencing pyrethroid response in Aedes aegypti from California
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June 07, 2023
Jill Oberski
UC Davis, Department of Entomology and Nematology - Ward Lab
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Title: EXIT SEMINAR: Phylogenetics and biogeography of the pyramid ants
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Winter QUARTER 2023

January 11, 2023 - Virtual Only
Dr. Clément Vinauger
Virginia Tech, Department of Biochemistry
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Title: Neural and molecular basis of mosquito behavior

January 18, 2023
Dr. Quinn McFredrick
UC Riverside, Department of Entomology
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Title: The weird world of pathogens, microbes, and meat-eating bees
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January 25, 2023
Dr. Lisa Chamberland
UC Davis, Department of Entomology and Nematology
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Title: Biogeography and eye size evolution of the ogre-faced spiders
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January 31, 2023 - Special Seminar
Dr. Justin Runyon
US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
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Title: Secrets of a long life: Chemical defense of bark beetles by bristlecone pines
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February 1, 2023
Dr. Chris Fettig
US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station
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Title: Bark beetles: How tiny insects are transforming western forests with a little help from climate change
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February 8, 2023
Dr. Lauren Ponisio
University of Oregon, Institute of Ecology and Evolution
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Title: Disease in plant-pollinator communities
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February 15, 2023
Christine Tabuloc
UC Davis, Department of Entomology and Nematology
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Title: EXIT SEMINAR: Environmental and anthropogenic impact on insect gene expression and physiology
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February 22, 2023
Kyle Lewald
UC Davis, Department of Entomology and Nematology
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Title: EXIT SEMINAR: Using genomic data to understand and prevent the spread of Tuta absoluta
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March 1, 2023
Dr. Dana Nayduch
USDA-ARS Center for Grain & Animal Health Research
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Title: Can surveying microbial communities of house flies help us understand emerging threats to animal and human health?

March 8, 2023
Dr. Amy Worthington
Creighton University, Department of Biology
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Title: A host of hardships: The costs of harboring a long-lived parasite
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March 15, 2023 - Virtual Only
Dr. Sylvain Pincebourde
University of Tours, Insect Biology Research Institute
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Title: The key role of microclimates in modulating the response of ectotherms to climate change
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Fall QUARTER 2022

September 21, 2022
Nicholas Miller
Illinois Tech
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Title: Adaptation in the cornfield, research in the classroom
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September 28, 2022
Nissa Coit
UC Davis Dept. of Entomology and Nematology
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Title: EXIT SEMINAR: Effects of ethyl oleate pheromone on honey bee (Apis mellifera) overwintering Physiology
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October 05, 2022
Olivia Winokur
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
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Title: EXIT SEMINAR: Temperature drives transmission of mosquito-borne pathogens: improving entomological estimates for Aedes aegypti-borne virus transmission risk
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October 12, 2022
Julian Dupuis
University of Kentucky
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Title: Developing genomics-based molecular diagnostic tools for recurrently invading tephritid pests
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October 19, 2022
Dr. Filipa Rijo-Ferreira
UC Berkeley
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Title: Circadian Rhythms in Parasitic Diseases
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October 26, 2022
Yao Cai
UC Davis Dept. of Entomology and Nematology
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Title: EXIT SEMINAR: How do flies tell the time of day?
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November 02, 2022
Dr. Wanhe Li
Texas A&M
Professional Webpage Link
Title: How Time Flies During Lock-down? – Mechanisms Underlying Chronic Social Isolation-induced Sleep Loss in Drosophila

November 09, 2022 - Virtual Only
Dr. Xoaquín Moreira
Biological Mission of Galicia
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Title: Insularity effects on plant-herbivore interactions: searching for biotic and abiotic explanatory variables to promote insular biodiversity conservation
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November 16, 2022
Dr. Cynthia Gleason
Washington State University
Professional Webpage Link
Title: How do we help potato growers combat the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne chitwoodi?
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December 07, 2022 - Virtual Only
Dr. Mônica Ulyssea
Universidade de São Paulo Museu de Zoologia
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Title: Morphology for assessing species diversity and previously unknown biological traits of the ant genus Hylomyrma
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Spring QUARTER 2022

March 30, 2022
Ziad Khouri
UC Davis
Title:Scoliid wasp evolution and some adventures with posterior predictive simulation
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April 6, 2022 - VIRTUAL
Makedonka Mitreva
Washignton University School of Medicine
Title:Multi-omics applications in helminth research
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April 13, 2022
Tobin Hammer
University of Texas Austin
Title:“Mystery of the missing microbes: why do bees keep losing their symbionts?”
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April 20, 2022
Jared Ali
Penn State University
Title:Chemical Ecology of Plant Defense and Multi-trophic Interactions: Bad Bugs, Pungent Parasites and Toxic Travelers
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April 27, 2022 - VIRTUAL
Heather Bruce
Marine Biological Laboratory; University of California, Berkeley;
Title:Evolution and development of arthropod appendages: novelty and homology
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May 4, 2022 - VIRTUAL
Scott McArt
Cornell University
Title:Pesticide risk to pollinators: What we know and what we need to know better
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May 11, 2022 - VIRTUAL
Mostafa Zamanian
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Title:Combing target and whole-organism paradigms for anthelmintic discovery
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May 18, 2022 - VIRTUAL
Corlett Wood
University of Pennsylvania
Title:The conflict beneath your feet: indirect effects in plant-symbiont interactions
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May 25, 2022
James R Carey
UC Davis
Title:“The conceptual sweep of a mathematical discovery in insect demography: From estimation of medfly population age structure to an historical analysis of U.S. Congress incumbency distributions, 1785-2000”
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June 1, 2022
Isgouhi Kaloshian
UC Riverside
Title:Root-Knot nematode perception and immune signaling in Arabidopsis
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Winter QUARTER 2022

January 5, 2022 - VIRTUAL
Randa Jabbour
University of Wyoming
Title:Interdisciplinary collaborations in pest management research - my alfalfa weevil stories
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January 12, 2022 - VIRTUAL
Sylvia Fischer
Universidad de Buenos Aires
Title:Recent expansion of Aedes aegypti distribution¿are the populations adapting to colder climate regions?
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January 19, 2022 - VIRTUAL
Megan Meuti
Ohio State University
Title:How do mosquitoes correctly interpret environmental signals into complex seasonal responses?
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January 26, 2022
Tobin Hammer
University of Texas, Austin
Title:Diversity and dynamism in social bee microbiomes

February 2, 2022
Simon Niels Groen
UC Riverside
Title:Plant toxins and the evolution of host-parasite interactions
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February 9, 2022
Vince D'Amico
Title:Monitoring and Ecological Research in the Forests of the BosWash Megalopolis
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February 16, 2022 - VIRTUAL
Michelle Heck
Boyce Thompson Institute
Title:Challenge-driven innovation in citrus greening disease research
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February 23, 2022
Adam Steinbrenner
University of Washington
Title:Plant immune recognition of insect herbivores
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March 2, 2022
Erica Henry
North Carolina State University
Title:Insect conservation in an uncertain future
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March 9, 2022 - VIRTUAL
Melissa Mitchum
University of Georgia
Title:The tricks phytonematodes use to modulate plant development
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Fall QUARTER 2021

September 29
Hanna Kahl, PhD Candidate
Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis
Title: EXIT SEMINAR: Herbivory of Citrus fruit by European Earwigs in California

October 6 - VIRTUAL
María Silvina Fenoglio
National Scientific and Technical Research Council, Argentina
Title: Do green roofs benefit urban arthropod communities? Evidence from a South American city

October 13
Hans R Herren
Millennium Institute, USA
Title: Why is transforming the food system along the agroecology principles an imperative?
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October 20
Sergio Hidalgo Sotelo
Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis
Title: Using Drosophila melanogaster to understand complex disorders: insights on the pathophysiology of schizophrenia
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October 27
Adler Dillman
Department of Nematology, UC Riverside
Title: Nematode venom contains potent modulators of insect immunity
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November 3

November 10
Fatemeh Ganjisaffar
Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis
Title: Addressing an evolving invasive species crisis: insecticide resistance management and behavioral control of Drosophila suzukii
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November 17 - VIRTUAL
Gabe Zilnik
Temperate Tree Fruit and Vegetable Research, USDA
Title:  Improving Tobacco IPM with Large Data and Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning
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November 24 - VIRTUAL
Monika Egerer
Technical University of Munich, Germany
Title: Entomological investigations in urban gardens
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December 1
Fatma Kaplan
Pheronym, Davis
Title: Conspecific and heterospecific pheromones stimulate dispersal of entomopathogenic nematodes during quiescence
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  • March 31, Bob Peterson - Tigers in Yellowstone National Park: Insect Adaptations to Extreme Environments
  • April 14, Dr. Priya Rajarapu - Insect-plant molecular interactions: stories from invasive insects to disease vectors
  • April 21, Dr. Chris Hamilton - TBD
  • April 28, Dr. Ellen Currano - Ancient bug-bitten leaves reveal the impacts of climate and plant nutrients on insect herbivores
  • May 5, CANCELLED
  • May 12, Dr. Margarita López-Uribe - Ecoevolutionary consequences of crop domestication on plant-pollinator interactions
  • May 19, Dr. Manuela Ramalho - Exploring connections among microbial community, ecology and phylogenetic history of ants
  • May 26, Dr. Javier Ceja Navarro - The complex microbial life and interactions in lilliputian landscapes: from the guts of insects to the rhizosphere
  • June 2, Dr. Alexandra Harmon-Threatt - Beyond flowers; examining the role of soils in bee conservation efforts


  • January 20, Daniel Hasegawa - Landscape and Molecular Approaches for Managing Thrips and Thrips-transmitted Viruses in the Salinas Valley of California
  • January 27, Charissa deBekker - What Makes a Zombie Ant Tick? Connecting Genomes with Behavioral Phenomes in Ants, Manipulated by a Fungal Parasite
  • February 3, Shalene Jha - Plant-Insect Interactions and Ecosystem Services in the Context of Global Change
  • February 10, Estelí Jimenez-Soto - A Complex Cup of Joe: Biodiversity, Pest Control and Political Ecologies in Mexican Coffee Agroforests
  • February 17, Brian Weiss - Metabolic Complementation Between Members of the Tsetse Fly Holobiont
  • February 24, Jessica Kansman - To be an Aphid in a Cruel World: How Abiotic and Biotic Stressors Influence Plant-Insect Interactions
  • March 3, Monika Gulia-Nuss - Pending (Her research program investigates the fundamental questions related to vector biology and vector-parasite interaction. She is particularly interested in aspects of invertebrate reproductive physiology, nutrient allocation, and vector competence and population genomics)
  • March 10, Romina Rader - Pending (Her research deals with community ecology in agroecosystems)