Rob Page Named Recipient of Thomas and Nina Leigh Distinguished Alumni AwardRobert Eugene (“Rob”) Page Jr., who received his doctorate in entomology from UC Davis and served as a professor and chair of the UC Davis entomology department before capping his academic career as the Arizona State University provost, is the 2018 recipient of the Thomas and Nina Leigh Distinguished Alumni Award.
Steve Nadler, chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, will present the award at Page's seminar 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."
Page, provost emeritus of Arizona State University (ASU) and Regents Professor since 2015, continues his research, teaching and public service in both Arizona and California and has residences in both states. -more-
Groundbreaking Case of Exploitation, Deception: What UC Davis-UC Riverside Scientists Learned About Parasitic Blister Beetles and Digger Bees
Los Angeles Times
A parasitic blister beetle thrives in digger bee nests through intricate exploitation and deception, adapting to different hosts in multiple geographic locations, according to groundbreaking research headed by evolutionary ecologist Leslie Saul-Gershenz of the University of California, Davis.
The scenario begins when aggregations of beetle larvae of Meloe franciscanus emit chemical signals that mimic the sex pheromones of female bees luring male digger bees to make contact. The Meloe larvae then attach to males bees on contact, Habropoda pallida, from California's Mojave Desert and H. miserabilis from the coastal dunes of Oregon.
During subsequent copulations, the larvae transfer from males to females, hitching a ride on female bees to their nests, where the larvae feed on the provisions and the bee egg, and emerge as adults the following winter, said Saul-Gershenz. The research paper, “Deceptive Signals and Behaviors of a Cleptoparasitic Beetle Show Local Adaptation to Different Host bee Species,” appears in the current edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). -more-
Meet Jason Bond, Schlinger Endowed Chair in Insect SystematicsJason Bond, the newly selected Evert and Marion Schlinger Endowed Chair in Insect Systematics in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, does.
Indeed, spiders rank high on Americans' phobia list, often fifth in line behind fear of snakes, public speaking, heights, and small space confinement (claustrophobia). While arachnophobians cringe at the very sight of a spider, these eight-legged critters excite, enthrall and engage Professor Bond, an international arachnid authority whose research spans nearly three decades.
“Spiders are an incredibly diverse group with more than 50,000 species described with probably another 200,000 remaining to yet be discovered,” said Bond, who joined the department in July from Auburn University, Alabama. -more-
Emily Bick: ESA Student Certification AwardChristian Nansen lab, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, is the recipient of the Entomological Society of America’s 2018 student certification award, which recognizes outstanding entomology students interested in the mission of the ESA certification program.
Bick is one of 19 recipients of the ESA’s Professional and Student Awards, which recognize scientists, educators, and students who have distinguished themselves through their contributions to entomology.
The awardees will be honored Nov. 11-14 at “Entomology 2018,” the joint meeting of the entomological societies of America, Canada and British Columbia, to take place in Vancouver, B.C. -more-
Meadow Spittlebugs Declining Along California Coastline: Karban/Huntzingernewly published research in the journal Ecology.
Professor Karban of the Department of Entomology and Nematology, who has maintained a study site at Bodega Marine Reserve in central California since 1982, links the decrease to temperature. -more-
Naoki Yamanaka Seminar on 'Membrane Transporter for Drosophila'Naoki Yamanaka, assistant professor at UC Riverside, will speak on "A Membrane Transporter Is Required for Steroid Hormone Intake in Drosophila" at the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology seminar from 4:10 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, in 122 Briggs Hall. Host is seminar coordinator Geoffrey Attardo, assistant professor of entomology.
Yamanaka was just awarded a $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program to study the role of steroid hormone transporters in insect development and reproduction. He will translate that knowledge into new ways to combat the spread of mosquitoes, which are among the deadliest animals on the plant," according to a UCR news release.
"Steroid hormones are a group of lipophilic hormones that are believed to enter cells by simple diffusion to regulate diverse physiological processes through intracellular nuclear receptors," Yamanaka says. "We recently challenged this model in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster by demonstrating that a membrane transporter that we named Ecdysone importer (Ecl) is involved in cellular uptake of the steroid hormone ecdysone. Eci encodes an organic anion transporting polypeptide of the evolutionary conserved solute carrier organic anion superfamily. Results of our study may have wide implications for basic and medical aspects of steroid hormone research." (See more on Bug Squad)
Watch the UC Davis Museum Biodiversity Day Video
Watch the newly published UC Davis Museum Biodiversity Day video on YouTube. UC Davis undergraduate student Alexander Fisher-Wagner filmed and edited the video. UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day, free and open to the public, is a celebration of the vast diversity of life on Earth, both past and present, said coordinator Tabatha Yang, education and outreach coordinator at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. This year's event, the seventh annual, took place Saturday, Feb. 17 and was an opportunity to explore 13 different biodiversity-related collections on the UC Davis campus, many of which are not usually open to the public. The 2019 event is scheduled Feb. 16.
UC Davis Entomology Ranked Among Best in the WorldTimes Higher Education World University Rankings.
The rankings show UC Davis as No. 7 globally, scoring 89.88 of a possible 100. Of the top 10, two are in California. UC Riverside is ranked as No. 2.
Performance indicators are grouped into five areas: Teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation); citations (research influence); international outlook (staff students and research) and industry outcome (knowledge transfer). -more-
In the Spotlight
- Department News
- Fall Quarter Seminars
- Shirley Luckhart: ESA Founders' Memorial Award
- James R. Carey's Presentation at ICE
- Listen to Kent Daane Seminar on Spotted Wing Drosophila
- Why War on Cancer Is Winnable: Jay Rosenheim
- Bohart Museum Open Houses
- Center for Population Biology Seminars
- UC Davis Entomology Seminars Posted on UCTV
- Order a EGSA T-Shirt!
- Watch UC Davis Bee Symposium Presentations on YouTube
- Eric Grissell: Giving Back
- History of Our Bee Garden
- 'I Wanna Be an Entomologist' by Heather Wilson
Blogs, Books, and Other Connections
- Ecology 180 Blog; class led by Louie Yang
- Rick Karban's Plant Communication Book
- Alex Wild's Compound Eye Blog: Some of Best Nature/Science Photographs
- UC Davis Department of Entomology (Facebook)
- Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility (Facebook)
- Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven (Facebook)
- E.L. Niño Bee Lab (Facebook)
- Bug Squad blog (Kathy Keatley Garvey)
- Robbin Thorp Co-Author of California Bees and Blooms
- Robbin Thorp Co-Author of Bumble Bees of North America
- Apiary newsletter, from the UC apiaries (Elina L. Niño)
- Apiary newsletter, from the UC apiaries (archived, Eric Mussen)
- New Ant Book (free): Photos by Alex Wild
- Insect Note Cards, Benefitting UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center
|Arnaud Martin Seminar||10/19/2018|
|9th International Oak Society Conference||10/21/2018|
|Sensory Evaluation of Honey Oct. 26-28||10/26/2018|
|Entomological Society of America Meeting Nov. 11-14||11/11/2018|
|Thomas and Nina Distinguished Alumni Seminar||11/29/2018|
Bee Biology Website, the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility is under construction. (See archives. See history of bee garden)
Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven Also see Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven Annual Report
Apiary Newsletters (archived copies, Eric Mussen)
How to Write Like a Professor (James R. Carey)
What's This Bug? (CDFA)