Spring Seminar Series Announced: April 4 through May 23
March 26, 2012
|Ian Pearse, who just finished his doctorate (major professor Rick Karban) will be the first speaker in the spring seminar series. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)|
DAVIS--The UC Davis Department of Entomology has announced its list of speakers for the spring seminars.
Coordinators Louie Yang and Joanna Chiu, assistant professors, said the seminar series will take place on Wednesdays from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in 122 Briggs Hall. The series will begin April 4 and continue through May 23. In a webcast project coordinated by professor James R. Carey, the seminars will be videotaped and can be accessed at a later date on UCTV.
The first speaker is researcher Ian Pearse, who just finished his doctorate with major professor Rick Karban of UC Davis. His topic: "The Use of Non-Native Plants by Native Herbivores."
Pearse studies the ecology of plants and herbivores. He received his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois, Urbana.
Abstract: As human-aided range expansions and climate change alter the distributions of both plants and their herbivores, novel interactions between organisms will become some of the most pressing issues that can be addressed by modern ecologists. It would be very useful to have a strong theoretical framework for predicting novel herbivore-plant interactions before they happen and to have a mechanistic understanding of why some interactions occur while others do not. I outline a theoretical framework for predicting plant-herbivore interactions, and I illustrate examples of plant traits and relationships that affect the colonization of non-native oak trees by herbivores. I show that, in the oak genus, phylogenetic relationships between plant species drive herbivore interactions, and that this trend is governed by subtle plant traits that are often overlooked as defenses.
The list of speakers
April 4: Ian Pearse, who just finished his doctorate, working with major professor Rick Karban lab, UC Davis, will speak on "The Use of Non-Native Plants by Native Herbivores."
Host: Rick Karban, professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology
April 11: James Harwood, graduate student, James R. Carey lab, UC Davis,"Biodemography of Reproductive Senescence in Fruit Flies (Tephritidae): The Influence of External Conditions on Age Specific Reproduction and Lifespan"
Host: James R. Carey, professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology
April 18: Bryony C. Bonning, professor, Iowa State University, "Novel Toxin Delivery Strategies for Management of Pestiferous Aphids"
Host: Bruce Hammock, distinguished professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology
April 25: Vince Jones, professor, Washington State University. "How a 'Perfect Storm' of Technology, Legislation, and Applied Ecology is Finally Leading to IPM in Western Orchards"
Host: Michael Parrella, professor and chair, UC Davis Department of Entomology
May 2: Susan Cobey, bee breeder-geneticist at UC Davis and Washington State University, "Importation of Honey Bee Germplasm to Increase Genetic Diversity in Domestic Breeding Stocks"
Host: Eric Mussen, Extension apiculturist, UC Davis Department of Entomology
May 9: Sonia Altizer, professor, University of Georgia, "Infection and Immunity in Migratory Species: Monarchs as a Global Case Study"
Host: Louie Yang, assistant professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology
May 16: James C. Nieh, professor of biology, University of California, San Diego, "Role of Negative Signaling in a Superorganism: the Honey Bee Stop Signal"
Host: Brian Johnson, assistant professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology
May 23: Tara Thiemann, postdoctoral Scholar at UC Davis, William Reisen lab, "Survey of Culex Bloodfeeding Patterns in California"
Host: William Reisen, research entomologist, Center for Vectorborne Diseases, and adjunct professor, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology (PMI), School of Veterinary Medicine
--Kathy Keatley Garvey
UC Davis Department of Entomology