UC Davis Seminars: From Earwigs to Fruit Flies to Nematodes

UC Davis Seminars: From Earwigs to Fruit Flies to Nematodes

A fantastic line-up awaits those eager to attend the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology's in-person and virtual seminars. Topics include earwigs, green roofs, fruit flies and nematodes.  

Nematologist and plant pathologist Shahid Siddique, assistant professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology and coordinator of the department's seminars for the 2021-22 academic year, has announced the list of fall quarter seminars, which begin Sept. 29 and conclude Dec. 1.  

All will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, Pacific Time, and will include both in-person and virtual seminars. 

"We we have an exciting list of seminars that includes both national and international speakers," Siddique said. 

The in-person seminars will take place in Room 122 of Briggs Hall, located off Kleiber Hall Drive. These seminars will be recorded for later viewing.

Three of the seminars will be virtual. "Virtual seminars will be accomplished using the Zoom meeting software package," Siddique related. A Zoom link will be provided a week before the seminar.

First on tap will be the exit seminar of doctoral candidate Hanna Kahl of the lab of UC Davis distinguished professor Jay Rosenheim. She will speak on "Herbivory of Citrus Fruit by European Earwigs in California" at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29. This will be an in-person seminar.

No seminar will be held Nov. 3, which conflicts with the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), set Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in Denver, Colo. Many faculty attend the annual meeting.

The seminars are open to all interested persons.

Siddique joined the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology in July 2019 after serving as a research group leader for several years at the University of Bonn, Germany. Research in the Siddique lab focuses on basic as well as applied aspects of interaction between parasitic nematodes and their host plants. "The long-term object of our research is not only to enhance our understanding of molecular aspects of plant–nematode interaction but also to use this knowledge to provide new resources for reducing the impact of nematodes on crop plants in California."

For further information on the seminars, contact Siddique at ssiddique@ucdavis.edu.