Seminars

Seminar series coordinator Rachel Vannette, assistant professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, has announced the list of seminars for the spring quarter. The seminars begin April 1 and run through June 3. Due to the UC Davis directives on coronavirus outbreak precautions, these seminars will be virtual seminars, online only, until further notice.

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The seminars, coordinated by community ecologist Rachel Vannette, assistant professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, are held on Wednesdays from 4:10 to 5 p.m. 

The schedule:

Wednesday, April 1
Javier Ceja-Navarro, research scientist, Biological Systems and Engineering, Biosciences, Berkeley
Topic: (He researches multitrophic interactions in ecosystems such as digestive tracts of insects and soil)
Host: Rachel Vannette, assistant professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology

Wednesday, April 8 
Reginald “Rex” Cocroft, professor of biology, University of Missouri
Topic: (He researches plants as receivers of insect sound and vibration)
Host: Rick Karban, professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology

Thomas and Nina Leigh Distinguished Alumni Seminar (to be determined)
Michael Hoffmann, emeritus professor, Cornell University
Topic: “Our Changing Menu: What Climate Change Means to the Foods We Love and Need”
Host: Steve Nadler, professor and chair, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology

Wednesday, April 22 
(To be announced)

Wednesday, April 29
Dhruba Naug, professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,  Colorado State University
Topic: (He combines his interests in behavioral and cognitive ecology to understand the functioning of individuals and social groups. His research involves experimental work in behavior and physiology complemented by approaches based on individual based modeling.)
Host: Rachel Vannette, assistant professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology

Wednesday, May 6
Xianhui "Nitrol" Liu, Joanna Chiu lab, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology
Topic: Exit seminar (title pending)
Host: Joanna Chiu, associate professor and vice chair, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology

Wednesday, May 13
Andre Kessler, chemical ecologist and professor Cornell University 
Topic: (He is chemical ecologist whose research focuses on the mechanisms, ecological consequences and the evolution of plant induced responses to herbivore damage)
Host: Rick Karban, professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology

Wednesday, May 20
Shalene Jha, University of Texas, Austin
Topic:  "Plant-Insect Interactions in the Face of Global Change"
Host: Charlie Nicholson, Neal Williams lab, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology

Wednesday, May 27
Rebecca Godwin, doctoral candidate, Jason Bond lab, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology
Topic: Exit seminar (title pending)
Host: Jason Bond, Schlinger Chair in Insect Systematics, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology

Wednesday, June 3
Esther Ngumbi, assistant professor of entomology and African-American studies, University of Illinois
Topic: (Pending)
Host: Elvira DeLange, Christian Nansen Lab, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology

For more information, contact Rachel Vannette at rlvannette@ucdavis.edu. The winter seminars just concluded.