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Entomology Seminar Archive

Fall 2021 Series

These seminars in a previous semester and their recordings can be viewed by clicking on the link in their title. 

Date Speaker Affliation Host Title*
September 9th Eric Day Virginia Tech Entomology Department of Entomology At a Crossroad, Recent Invasive Arthropods Threatening Virginia
September 16th Brendan Hunt University of Georgia

Roger Schürch

Supergene Mediated Social Polymorphism in the Fire Ant S. invicta
September 23rd

Isabell Kingori

Kenyatta University Gillian Eastwood Cohort Study of Infection and Treatment of Primary School Children with Mixed Schistosoma mansoniSchistosoma haematobium In Taveta Sub Country Kenya. 
September 30th

Graduate Student Proposals

- Sally Taylor -
October 7th Graduate Student Proposals - Margaret Couvillon -
October 14th Stefan Jaronski Virginia Tech Entomology & USDA ARS Department of Entomology Expect the Unexpected or You Will Miss it. Beauveria, a Pathogen of Wheat Stem Sawfly, as an Endophyte in Wheat
October 21st Christine Carrington University of the West Indies Jonathan Auguste Genomics of SARS-CoV-2 in the Caribbean
October 28th ESA Practice talks - - -
November 4th

No Seminar - ESA

- - -
November 11th Kevin Loope Georgia Southern University Margaret Couvillon TBD
November 18th Tracey Leskey USDA ARS Chris Bergh Developing Sustainable Management Tactics for an Invasive Species in a Vulnerable Cropping System: The Story of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
November 25th Thanksgiving - No Seminar - - -
Dec 2nd Graduate Student Proposals - Roger Schürch & Scotty Yang -

*Recorded seminars are found by using the link on the title if the recording is available.

** Speaker requested the seminar not be recorded.

Spring 2021 Series

These seminars in a previous semester and their recordings can be viewed by clicking on the link in their title. 

Date Speaker Affliation Host Title*
January 28th Maria Sharakhova Virginia Tech Entomology Igor Sharakhov A journey from America to Europe: evolutionary history of the Holarctic malaria mosquitoes
February 4th Stephen Whitehead National Institutes of Health (NIH) Jonathan Auguste
Arbovirus pathogenesis and vaccine development
February 11th Tracey Leskey USDA-ARS Chris Bergh CANCELLED
February 18th Kris Silver University of Kansas Aaron Gross Unraveling Systemic RNA Interference Responses in Insects
February 25th Spring Break Day - No Seminar - - -
March 4th Shannon LaDeau Cary Institute of Ecosystem Science Mary Loften (EEB) Identifying and managing riskscapes of vector-borne disease in urban ecosystems**
March 11th Sven-Erik Spichiger WA State Dept Agriculture Entomology Graduate Students Invasive species management - Asian giant hornet in WA state
March 18th Assa Balayara Senegal Plant Protection Directorate Doug Pfeiffer Invasive pest species (oriental fruit fly and fall army worm) in Senegal/Africa
March 25th Ellen Lake USDA-ARS Scott Salom Biological Control of insects using insects against non-native plants**
April 1st Graduate Student Proposals Virginia Tech Entomology - -
April 8th Chris Fettig USDA Forest Service Scott Salom Small pests, big problems: Why bark beetles are chewing their way through western forests and what we can do about it
April 15th Natalie Clay Louisiana Tech Sally Entrekin Salted soil and salty leaves: Impacts of NaCl on detritivores in riparia
April 22nd Graduate Student Proposals Virginia Tech Entomology - -
April 29th Alexandra Cumbie Virginia Tech Entomology Gillian Eastwood Tick-borne rickettsial pathogens

*Recorded seminars are found by using the link on the title if the recording is available.

** Speaker requested the seminar not be recorded. 

Fall 2020 Series

These seminars in a previous semester and their recordings can be viewed by clicking on the link in their title. 

Date Speaker Affliation Host Title*
September 10th Kirby Stafford Connecticut Ag. Exp. Station, & State Entomologist of CT Gillian Eastwood Strategies and Challenges to Tick-Borne Disease Prevention: It’s More Than Just Lyme Disease
September 17th Graduate Student Proposals -

Dini Miller/

Jonathan Auguste

Graduate Students: Dakotah Todd and James Carver
September 24th Michael Hoffman Cornell University Thomas Kuhar Our changing menu: What climate change means to the foods we love and need
October 1st Robert Puckett Texas A&M Dini Miller Red Imported Fire Ant management
October 8th Claudia Rückert University of Nevada James Weger Antiviral responses of Culex spp. mosquitoes – capacity building in understudied arbovirus vector mosquitoes.
October 15th Fred Gould NC State University Sally Taylor How Eugenics Impacted Agricultural Biotechnology
October 22nd Jenny Jandt University of Otago, New Zealand Maggie Couvillon Vespula wasps show consistent differences in colony-level aggression over time and across contexts
October 29th Daniel Hasegawa USDA-ARS Alejandro Del-Pozo Epidemiology of plant virus-insect vector interactions
November 5th Cerruti Hooks University of Maryland Daniel Frank Ecological-based management of insect pests
November 12th Brian Lovett West Virginia University Stefan Jaronski Insect-killing fungi and their potential as versatile biotechnology
November 19th ESA - No Seminar - - ASTMH & Entomology 2020 (ESA) Nov 16-19th
November 26th Thanksgiving - No Seminar - - -
Dec 3rd Graduate Student Proposals Virginia Tech Entomology - -

*Recorded seminars are found by using the link on the title if the recording is available. 

** Speaker requested the seminar not be recorded. 

Spring 2020 Series

These seminars in a previous semester and their recordings can be viewed by clicking on the link in their title. Due to COVID-19 all in person seminars were canceled after March 5th.

Date Speaker Affliation Host Title*
January 23rd Megan Meuti Ohio State University Aaron Gross Uncovering the underpinnings of seasonal responses in mosquitoes
January 30th Mary Salcedo Virginia Tech Biomedical Engineering Sally Entrekin Circulation of hemolymph in the wings of the North American grasshopper
February 6th

Kathijo Jankowski

University of WI Sally Entrekin Linking land and water in a large river: Understanding the distribution and role of large wood in the Upper Mississippi River**
February 13th

Coby Schal

NC State University Dini Miller Chemical ecology in and around homes: Semiochemicals used right under our noses**
February 20th Graduate Student Proposals Virginia Tech Entomology - -
February 27th Takao Sasaki University of Georgia Maggie Couvillon Psychology of animal groups: when and how collective intelligence emerges from individual cognition
March 5th Adrian Smith NC State University Entomology Graduate Students From Social Insect Communication to Science Communication Online
March 12th Spring Break - No Seminar - - -

*Recorded seminars are found by using the link on the title if the recording is available. 

** Speaker requested the seminar not be recorded. 

Fall 2019 Series

These seminars in a previous semester and their recordings can be viewed by clicking on the link in their title. 

Date Speaker Affliation Host Title*
September 12th Dr. Igor Sharakhov VT, Entomology Dr. Dini Miller Basic and applied aspects of mosquito cytogenetics and genomics
September 19th Dr. Gina Angelella VT Eastern Shore AREC Dr. Megan O'Rourke Implications of agricultural intensification for ecosystem services & disservices: insect-vectored pathogens, pest suppression, & pollination
September 26th Dr. Liz Gleim Hollins University Dr. Gillian Eastwood Ticks & Fire: Can long-term prescribed fire be used to reduce tick-borne disease risk? 
October 3rd Dr. Mike Weaver Virginia Tech Extension Dr. Tim Kring Alwood - The Bug House Legacy
October 10th Dr. Stefan Jaronski USDA, VT Dr. Tom Kuhar Entomopathogens - Managing insect pests with fungi - Where are we going? Where should we be going? 
October 17th Dr. Luis Escobar VT, Fish and Wildlife Dr. Gillian Eastwood Vector-borne disease in the face of climate and land-use change invasive species, fleas, ticks, and mosquitos
October 24th Dr. Doug Pfeiffer VT, Entomology Dr. Dini Miller Spotted Lanturnfly in Virginia: Establishment, expansion, and challenges
October 31st Dr. Megan O'Rourke VT, SPES Dr. Tom Kuhar Cancelled
November 7th Dr. Claire Rittschof University of Kentucky Dr. Maggie Couvillon Busy bees: integrative approaches to behavior and health
November 14th ESA Practice Talks - - -
November 21st ESA - No Seminar - - -
November 28th Thanksgiving - No Seminar - - -
Dec 5th Graduate Student Proposals - Dr. Aaron Gross Graduate Student: Morgan Roth

*Recorded seminars are found by using the link on the title if the recording is available. 

** Speaker requested the seminar not be recorded. 

Spring 2019 Series

These seminars in a previous semester and their recordings can be viewed by clicking on the link in their title. 

Date Speaker Affliation Host Title*
January 31st Dr. Paul Marek VT, Entomology Dr. Maggie Couvillon Appalachian millipede diversity and the evolution of bioluminescence
February 7th Dr. Kelly Maloney USGS Dr. Sally Entrekin Predicting and forecasting biological condition of streams in the Chesapeake Bay watershed using benthic macroinvertebrates 
February 14th Dr. V. Bruce Steward CORTEVA Agriscience Dr. Scott Salom Uncertainty is certain in industry: a perspective from and entomologist in corporate agri-sciences
February 21st

Mr. Greg Pond

US EPA Region III Dr. Sally Entrekin Macroinvertebrates at the source: indicators of flow in extreme headwaters**
February 28th Dr. Jeff Bloomquist University of Florida Dr. Aaron Gross New bioassay methods and chemistries for vector control
March 7th ESA EB Practice Talks - - -
March 14th ESA EB – No seminar - - -
March 21st Dr. Kasie Raymann UNCG Dr. Maggie Couvillon The impact of the gut microbiome on honey bee health**
March 28th Dr. Chloé Lahondere VT, Biochemistry Dr. Roger Schürch Thermal biology, eco-physiology and neuroethology of disease vector insects  
April 4th Dr. Susan Fahrbach Wake Forest University Dr. Maggie Couvillon Impacts of fipronil on honey bee brain development
April 11th Dr. Philip Tipping USDA-ARS Dr. Scott Salom / Jeremiah Foley Canceled
April 18th Student Proposals - - -
April 25th Student Proposals - - -
May 2nd Student Proposals - - -
May 9th Dr. Roberto Galizi Imperial College Dr. Igor Sharakhov Genetic tools for the control of human malaria mosquitoes

*Recorded seminars are found by using the link on the title if the recording is available. 

** Speaker requested the seminar not be recorded.