Previous Seminars

Fall QUARTER 2022

September 21, 2022
Nicholas Miller
Illinois Tech
Professional Webpage Link
Title: Adaptation in the cornfield, research in the classroom
Watch Recording

September 28, 2022
Nissa Coit
UC Davis Dept. of Entomology and Nematology
Professional Webpage Link
Title: EXIT SEMINAR: Effects of ethyl oleate pheromone on honey bee (Apis mellifera) overwintering Physiology
Watch Recording

October 05, 2022
Olivia Winokur
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
Professional Webpage Link
Title: EXIT SEMINAR: Temperature drives transmission of mosquito-borne pathogens: improving entomological estimates for Aedes aegypti-borne virus transmission risk
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October 12, 2022
Julian Dupuis
University of Kentucky
Professional Webpage Link
Title: Developing genomics-based molecular diagnostic tools for recurrently invading tephritid pests
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October 19, 2022
Dr. Filipa Rijo-Ferreira
UC Berkeley
Professional Webpage Link
Title: Circadian Rhythms in Parasitic Diseases
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October 26, 2022
Yao Cai
UC Davis Dept. of Entomology and Nematology
Professional Webpage Link
Title: EXIT SEMINAR: How do flies tell the time of day?
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November 02, 2022
Dr. Wanhe Li
Texas A&M
Professional Webpage Link
Title: How Time Flies During Lock-down? – Mechanisms Underlying Chronic Social Isolation-induced Sleep Loss in Drosophila

November 09, 2022 - Virtual Only
Dr. Xoaquín Moreira
Biological Mission of Galicia
Professional Webpage Link
Title: Insularity effects on plant-herbivore interactions: searching for biotic and abiotic explanatory variables to promote insular biodiversity conservation
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November 16, 2022
Dr. Cynthia Gleason
Washington State University
Professional Webpage Link
Title: How do we help potato growers combat the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne chitwoodi?
Watch Recording

December 07, 2022 - Virtual Only
Dr. Mônica Ulyssea
Universidade de São Paulo Museu de Zoologia
Professional Webpage Link
Title: Morphology for assessing species diversity and previously unknown biological traits of the ant genus Hylomyrma
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Spring QUARTER 2022

March 30, 2022
Ziad Khouri
UC Davis
Title:Scoliid wasp evolution and some adventures with posterior predictive simulation
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April 6, 2022 - VIRTUAL
Makedonka Mitreva
Washignton University School of Medicine
Title:Multi-omics applications in helminth research
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April 13, 2022
Tobin Hammer
University of Texas Austin
Title:“Mystery of the missing microbes: why do bees keep losing their symbionts?”
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April 20, 2022
Jared Ali
Penn State University
Title:Chemical Ecology of Plant Defense and Multi-trophic Interactions: Bad Bugs, Pungent Parasites and Toxic Travelers
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April 27, 2022 - VIRTUAL
Heather Bruce
Marine Biological Laboratory; University of California, Berkeley;
Title:Evolution and development of arthropod appendages: novelty and homology
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May 4, 2022 - VIRTUAL
Scott McArt
Cornell University
Title:Pesticide risk to pollinators: What we know and what we need to know better
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May 11, 2022 - VIRTUAL
Mostafa Zamanian
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Title:Combing target and whole-organism paradigms for anthelmintic discovery
Recording Unavailable

May 18, 2022 - VIRTUAL
Corlett Wood
University of Pennsylvania
Title:The conflict beneath your feet: indirect effects in plant-symbiont interactions
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May 25, 2022
James R Carey
UC Davis
Title:“The conceptual sweep of a mathematical discovery in insect demography: From estimation of medfly population age structure to an historical analysis of U.S. Congress incumbency distributions, 1785-2000”
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June 1, 2022
Isgouhi Kaloshian
UC Riverside
Title:Root-Knot nematode perception and immune signaling in Arabidopsis
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Winter QUARTER 2022

January 5, 2022 - VIRTUAL
Randa Jabbour
University of Wyoming
Title:Interdisciplinary collaborations in pest management research - my alfalfa weevil storiesWatch Recording

January 12, 2022 - VIRTUAL
Sylvia Fischer
Universidad de Buenos Aires
Title:Recent expansion of Aedes aegypti distribution¿are the populations adapting to colder climate regions?Watch Recording

January 19, 2022 - VIRTUAL
Megan Meuti
Ohio State University
Title:How do mosquitoes correctly interpret environmental signals into complex seasonal responses?Watch Recording

January 26, 2022
Tobin Hammer
University of Texas, Austin
Title:Diversity and dynamism in social bee microbiomes

February 2, 2022
Simon Niels Groen
UC Riverside
Title:Plant toxins and the evolution of host-parasite interactionsWatch Recording

February 9, 2022
Vince D'Amico
Title:Monitoring and Ecological Research in the Forests of the BosWash MegalopolisWatch Recording

February 16, 2022 - VIRTUAL
Michelle Heck
Boyce Thompson Institute
Title:Challenge-driven innovation in citrus greening disease researchWatch Recording

February 23, 2022
Adam Steinbrenner
University of Washington
Title:Plant immune recognition of insect herbivoresWatch Recording

March 2, 2022
Erica Henry
North Carolina State University
Title:Insect conservation in an uncertain futureWatch Recording

March 9, 2022 - VIRTUAL
Melissa Mitchum
University of Georgia
Title:The tricks phytonematodes use to modulate plant developmentWatch Recording

Fall QUARTER 2021

September 29
Hanna Kahl, PhD Candidate
Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis
Title: EXIT SEMINAR: Herbivory of Citrus fruit by European Earwigs in California

October 6 - VIRTUAL
María Silvina Fenoglio
National Scientific and Technical Research Council, Argentina
Title: Do green roofs benefit urban arthropod communities? Evidence from a South American city

October 13
Hans R Herren
Millennium Institute, USA
Title: Why is transforming the food system along the agroecology principles an imperative?Watch Recording

October 20
Sergio Hidalgo Sotelo
Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis
Title: Using Drosophila melanogaster to understand complex disorders: insights on the pathophysiology of schizophreniaWatch Recording

October 27
Adler Dillman
Department of Nematology, UC Riverside
Title: Nematode venom contains potent modulators of insect immunityWatch Recording

November 3

November 10
Fatemeh Ganjisaffar
Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis
Title: Addressing an evolving invasive species crisis: insecticide resistance management and behavioral control of Drosophila suzukiiWatch Recording

November 17 - VIRTUAL
Gabe Zilnik
Temperate Tree Fruit and Vegetable Research, USDA
Title:  Improving Tobacco IPM with Large Data and Artificial Intelligence Machine LearningWatch Recording

November 24 - VIRTUAL
Monika Egerer
Technical University of Munich, Germany
Title: Entomological investigations in urban gardensWatch Recording

December 1
Fatma Kaplan
Pheronym, Davis
Title: Conspecific and heterospecific pheromones stimulate dispersal of entomopathogenic nematodes during quiescenceWatch Recording


  • March 31, Bob Peterson - Tigers in Yellowstone National Park: Insect Adaptations to Extreme Environments
  • April 14, Dr. Priya Rajarapu - Insect-plant molecular interactions: stories from invasive insects to disease vectors
  • April 21, Dr. Chris Hamilton - TBD
  • April 28, Dr. Ellen Currano - Ancient bug-bitten leaves reveal the impacts of climate and plant nutrients on insect herbivores
  • May 5, CANCELLED
  • May 12, Dr. Margarita López-Uribe - Ecoevolutionary consequences of crop domestication on plant-pollinator interactions
  • May 19, Dr. Manuela Ramalho - Exploring connections among microbial community, ecology and phylogenetic history of ants
  • May 26, Dr. Javier Ceja Navarro - The complex microbial life and interactions in lilliputian landscapes: from the guts of insects to the rhizosphere
  • June 2, Dr. Alexandra Harmon-Threatt - Beyond flowers; examining the role of soils in bee conservation efforts


  • January 20, Daniel Hasegawa - Landscape and Molecular Approaches for Managing Thrips and Thrips-transmitted Viruses in the Salinas Valley of California
  • January 27, Charissa deBekker - What Makes a Zombie Ant Tick? Connecting Genomes with Behavioral Phenomes in Ants, Manipulated by a Fungal Parasite
  • February 3, Shalene Jha - Plant-Insect Interactions and Ecosystem Services in the Context of Global Change
  • February 10, Estelí Jimenez-Soto - A Complex Cup of Joe: Biodiversity, Pest Control and Political Ecologies in Mexican Coffee Agroforests
  • February 17, Brian Weiss - Metabolic Complementation Between Members of the Tsetse Fly Holobiont
  • February 24, Jessica Kansman - To be an Aphid in a Cruel World: How Abiotic and Biotic Stressors Influence Plant-Insect Interactions
  • March 3, Monika Gulia-Nuss - Pending (Her research program investigates the fundamental questions related to vector biology and vector-parasite interaction. She is particularly interested in aspects of invertebrate reproductive physiology, nutrient allocation, and vector competence and population genomics)
  • March 10, Romina Rader - Pending (Her research deals with community ecology in agroecosystems)