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Spring 2016 Colloquium Speakers

January 27 – Allan Felsot, “My biased presentation to update everyone on the bees & pesticides issues”

February 3 – Chris Looney (Washington State Department of Ecology), “Gall wasps, DNA, and entomological intuition: Is there a specious species on the Palouse?”

February 10 – Kiwamu Tanaka (WSU Plant Pathology), “Extracellular ATP signaling in plant defense — a damaged-self recognition system”

February 17 – Sanford Eigenbrode (University of Idaho), “Pea aphid host races in the PNW”

February 24 – Scott Villa (Department of Biology, University of Utah), “Local adaptation to different sized hosts triggers reproductive isolation: experimental evolution of feather lice”

March 2 – Katja Poveda (Cornell University), “The power of the insects: effects of local and landscape scale diversity on crop productivity”

March 9 – Jared Ali (Penn State University), “Multi-trophic interactions and the chemical ecology of plant defenses in above and below ground contexts”


March 23 – Laura Burkle, (Montana State University), “Plant-pollinator networks in space and time: a century of climate change and habitat loss”

March 30 – Allen Moore (University of Georgia), “Molecular genetics and evolution of parenting behavior”


April 13 – EXIT SEMINAR: Amanda Meadows (PhD student with Snyder), “Lethal and non-lethal effects of predators on Culex mosquitoes: implications for pathogen transmission”

April 14 – BUGSS SEMINAR: Matthew O’Neil (Iowa State University), “Is there a place for conservation (and bees) in the production of annual crops?”

April 20 – PROPOSAL SEMINAR: Rachel Olsson (PhD student with Crowder), “Assessing bumblebee health in western Washington”

April 28 – E. Paul Catts Memorial Lecture – 6-7 p.m. in Todd 276 – Ruth Hufbauer (Colorado State University), “The paradox of biological invasions”

April 29 – 3-4 p.m. in FSHN T101 – Ruth Hufbauer (Colorado State University) “Small populations in novel habitats: extinction risk, inbreeding depression, and adaptation”