Coordinated by assistant professor and community ecologist Rachel Vannette, the seminars will take place at 4:10 p.m., every Wednesday in Room 122 of Briggs Hall through Dec. 5 except on Nov. 20 (no seminar due to the Entomological Society of America meeting in St. Louis, Mo).
James Nieh, professor, Section of Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, Department of Biological Sciences, UC San Diego
Topic: "Animal Information Warfare: How Sophisticated Communication May Arise from the Race to Find an Advantage in a Deadly Game Between Honey Bees and their Predators" (See lab website)
Host: Brian Johnson, associate professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology
Nathan Schroeder, assistant professor, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Topic: "Stem Cells and Neurobiology of Nematodes"
Host: Shahid Saddique, assistant professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology
John Mola, doctoral candidate, Neal Williams lab, Graduate Group in Ecology
Exit seminar: "Bumble Bee Movement Ecology and Response to Wildfire." Mola specializes in bee biology, pollinator ecology and population genetics.
Host: Neal Williams, professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology
Rebecca Irwin, professor of applied ecology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.
Topic: "The Role of Floral Traits in Pollination and Bee Disease Transmission." She specializes in the ecology and evolution of multiple-species interactions, pollination biology, and species invasions
Host: Rachel Vannette, assistant professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology
Julián Hillyer, director of the program in career development and associate professor of biological sciences, Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation, Nashville, Tenn.
Topic: "Not So Heartless: Functional Integration of the Immune and Circulatory Systems of Mosquitoes"
Host: Olivia Winokur, graduate student, Chris Barker lab
Takato Imaizumi, professor, Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle
Topic: Circadian Timing Mechanisms in Plant-Pollinator Interaction"
Host: Joanna Chiu, associate professor and vice chair of the Department of Entomology and Nematology
Brock Harpur, assistant professor, Department of Entomology, Purdue University
Topic: "Beekeeping in the 21st Century: Can We Incorporate Genomics into Beekeeping?"
Host: Santiago Ramirez, associate professor, UC Davis Department of Evolution and Ecology, College of Biological Sciences
Don Cippollini, director of environmental sciences and professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Wright State University
Topic: "The Potential for Host Switching via Ecological Fitting in the Emerald Ash Borer-Host Plant System"
No seminar (meeting of Entomological Society of America in St. Louis, Mo.)
Jackson Audley, doctoral candidate who studied with the late Steve Seybold
Topic: "Semiochemical Interruption of Host Selection Behavior of the Invasive Walnut Twig Beetle, Pityophthorus juglandis."
More information on the fall seminars or schedule is available from Vannette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coordinator Geoffrey Attardo, assistant professor and medical entomologist said that the seminars will take place on Wednesdays at 4:10 in 122 Briggs Hall, located on Kleiber Hall Drive. Exception: Arnaud Martin will speak on Friday, Oct. 19 at noon in 122 Briggs Hall.
Robert Page, provost emeritus of the University of Arizona and emeritus professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, has been selected the recipient of the Thomas and Nina Leigh Distinguished Alumni Award. He will give a seminar on on Thursday, Nov. 29 at the International House, 10 College Park, Davis. A reception begins at 3 p.m., followed by his 4 p.m. seminar, titled "In Search of the Spirit of the Hive: a 30-Year Quest."
The seminars for the fall quarter:
4:10 p.m., Wedneday, Sept. 26
Mark Hoddle, Extension entomologist and director of the Center for Invasive Species Research, University of California, Riverside, will speak on “Protecting California Agriculture from Invasive Pests: Biocontrol of Asian Citrus Psyllid in Urban Southern California."
Host: Geoffrey Attardo
4:10 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3
Daniel Karp, assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology: "Harmonizing Biodiversity Conservation with Agricultural Production Across Working Landscapes"
Host: Jay Rosenheim, professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology
4:10 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10
Geoffrey Attardo, assistant professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology: "Comparative Genomic Anaylsis of the Tsetse Fly: The Genetics of Lactation, Seminal Proteins and Other Unique Adaptations"
Noon, Friday, Oct. 19 (change from initial schedule of 4:10 p.m., Oct. 17)
Arnaud Martin, assistant professor of biology, George Washington University: "Do Butterflies Dream of Genetic Tattoos? Exploring the Genotype-Phenotype Map Using CRISPR"
Host: Geoffrey Attardo
4:10 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24
Naoki Yamanaka, assistant professor, UC Riverside: "A Membrane Transporter Is Required for Cellular Uptake of Ecdysone"
Host: Geoffrey Attardo
4:10 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31
Fred Wolf, assistant professor, UC Merced: "Drinking Drosophila and Drunk Drosophila: Genes and Circuits for Simple Behaviors"
Host: Joanna Chiu, associate professor and vice chair, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology
4:10 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7
Lark Coffey, assistant professor in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine: "Zika Virus in Macaques, Mice and Mosquitoes: Contrasting Virulence and Transmissibility in Disparate Hosts"
Host: Geoffrey Attardo
Wednesday, Nov. 14
(No seminar; Entomological Society of America's annual meeting takes place from Nov. 11-14 in Vancouver, B.C.)
Wednesday, Nov. 21
(No seminar; Thanksgiving week)
Wednesday, Nov. 28
4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29: Thomas and Nina Leigh Distinguished Alumni Seminar, Nov. 29
Recipient is Robert Page, Provost emeritus of the University of Arizona and emeritus professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. He will give a seminar on on Thursday, Nov. 29 at the International House, 10 College Park, Davis. A reception begins at 3 p.m., followed by his 4 p.m. seminar, titled "In Search of the Spirit of the Hive: a 30-Year Quest."
4:10 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5
Cindy Preto, recent graduate (master's degree in entomology from UC Davis, Frank Zalom lab) "Behavior and Biology of the Three-Cornered Alfalfa Hopper in Vineyards."
Host: Frank Zalom, distinguished professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology
For more information on the seminars, contact Attardo at email@example.com.
All will take place on Wednesdays from 4:10 to 5 p.m. in 122 Briggs Hall, Kleiber Hall Drive.
Coordinator Rachel Vannette, assistant professor of entomology, has announced the following:
Sept. 27: “Bug Smell: Evolution of Communication” by Zain Syed of the University of Notre Dame, formerly of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology
Oct. 4: “Genomic Signatures of Social Evolution in Social Insects” by Tim Linksvayer, University of Pennsylvania
Oct. 11: “Multitrophic Mediation of Plant Perception of Herbivores” by Gary Felton, Pennsylvania State University, who received his doctorate in entomology from UC Davis
Oct. 18: Exit seminar by Leslie Saul-Gershenz, doctoral candidate, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology
Oct. 25: "Ecoinformatics and the Curious Case of Katydids in California Citrus" by Bodil Cass, UC Davis
Nov. 1: “Mating Distruption of Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter by Playback of Natural Vibrational Signals in Vineyard Trellis” by Rodrigo Krugner of the U.S,. Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS)
Nov. 8: Exit seminar by doctoral candidate/ecologist Ash Zemenick, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology
Nov. 15: “Revelations from Phasmatodea Digestive Track Transcriptomics” by Matan Shelomi, National Taiwan University, who received his doctorate in entomology from the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology
Nov. 22: Thanksgiving week; no seminar
Nov. 29; “Ant Social Parasites Repeatedly Evolved Reproduction Isolation from Their Hosts in Sympatry” by Christian Rabeling, Arizona State University
Dec. 6: “Root Knot Nematode and Associated Pathogen Resistance” by Phil Roberts, University of Riverside
Cookies will be provided prior to the seminar. For more information on the seminars, contact Vannette at firstname.lastname@example.org or graduate program coordinator Jessica Padilla at email@example.com.
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All seminars will take place on Wednesdays from 4:10 to 5 p.m. from Sept. 21 through Nov. 30 in 122 Briggs Hall. This is a change from the noon-hour sessions held in previous years. The seminars are open to all interested persons.
Wednesday, Sept. 21:
Rick Karban, professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology
Topic: "Climate Change and Populations of a Herbivorous Moth"
Wednesday, Oct. 5:
Meredith Cenzer, doctoral candidate, Louie Yang lab
Topic: ""Ecological and Evolutionary Interactions Between Soapberry Bugs (Jadera Haematoloma) and Their Host Plants" (exit seminar)
Wednesday, Oct. 12:
Howard Ferris, emeritus professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology
Topic: "Roles of Nematodes in Soil Ecology and Soil Health"
Wednesday, Oct. 19
Justin Whitehill, postdoctoral research associate
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Topic: "Carbon Castles and the Physical Defense of Conifers Against Insect Invaders"
Wednesday, Oct. 26
Marek Borowiec, formerly of the Phil Ward lab and now with the lab of Christian Rabeling, an evolutionary biologist working on ants. The lab is located in Rochester, N.Y., but will be moving in January to Tempe, AZ in January. Borowiec received his doctorate in June from UC Davis.
Topic: "Genomic Data and the Tree of Life: Known Knowns, Known Unknowns, and Unknown Unknowns of Army Ant Evolution" (exit seminar)
Wednesday, Nov. 2
Sandy Olkowski, doctoral candidate, lab of Thomas Scott (now emeritus professor of entomology)
"Temporal Inconsistency of Dengue Fever Surveillance in Iquitos, Peru" (exit seminar)
Wednesday, Nov. 9
Hugh Dingle, emeritus professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology and Mikah Freedman, graduate student, Center for Population Biology
Topic:"Monarchs in the Pacific: Contemporary Evolution or Local Ecology?"
Wednesday, Nov. 16 (this is rescheduled for Jan. 18)
Diane Ullman, professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology
Topic: "Thrips Salivary Glands: The Relevance of Tissue Tropism and Gene Expression to Tospovirus"
Wednesday, Nov. 30
Phil Ward, professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology
Topic: "Exploring the Ant Tree-of-Life"
Wednesday, Dec. 7
Francis Ratnieks, professor of apiculture, University of Sussex, United Kingdom
"How Can We Help Bees Via Research? The Sussex Plan for Honey Bee Health and Well Being."
For further information, contact:
Christian Nansen, seminar coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Padilla, graduate program coordinator: email@example.com
Postdoctoral scholar, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis
Title: Ecology and Management of Crop Pollination and Pest Control
Host: Neal Williams, associate professor
Researcher, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO)
Title: Future Crop Pollination: the View from Down Under
Host: Neal Williams. associate professor
Visiting Professor, University of Oxford
Title: Genetic Control of Pest Insects
Host: Diane Ullman, professor
GS3 seminar speaker, sponsored by the Storer Endowment
Professor of Nematology, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis
Title: Unraveling How Aphids and Associated Microbes Modulate Plant Immunity
Host: Diane Ullman, professsor
Postdoctoral Fellow, Begun Lab, UC Davis
Title: The Adaptive Significance of Natural Genetic Variation in the DNA Damage Response of Drosophila melanogaster
Host: Joanna Chiu, assistant professor
Research Entomologist, USDA
Title: Florida's Melaleuca Invasion: The End of an Error
Host: Michael Parrella, professor and chair of the department
Dec. 2 (Leigh Seminar)
Tim Paine, Tom and Nina Leigh Distinguished Alumni Speaker
Professor of Entomology, UC Riverside
Title: Insect Invasion Biology and California Landscapes
This special event will be held in the evening: more details to be announced.
For further information, contact coordinator Diane Ullman at firstname.lastname@example.org