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Department of Entomology

ISU Entomology

Keri Carstens (nee Henderson), Regulatory Science, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Ankeny, IA
Tyasning Nusawardani, Department of Entomology, ISU
Kevin Johnson, Department of Entomology, ISU
PhD dissertation seminar
Royce Bitzer, Department of Entomology, ISU
Fan Tong, Department of Entomology, ISU
PhD dissertation seminar; Toxicology major
Nick Schmidt, Department of Entomology, ISU
PhD dissertation seminar
Aaron Gross, Department of Entomology, ISU
Abstract: A pursuit for alternative control measures to combat both economically and medically important arthropods has increased due to the phasing out of conventional insecticides. Octopamine, a biogenic amine, has significant physiological functions in insects, and signals through G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). This receptor is a preferential target because of its minimal expression in mammalian tissues. Essential oils are complex mixtures composed of a variety of compounds, in particular various forms of terpenes and phenols.
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MS thesis seminar
Jessica Petersen, Department of Entomology, ISU
Abstract: Our ability to delineate species is of critical importance during the current biodiversity crisis. Although incredibly diverse, the crane flies (Diptera, Tipuloidea) have been paid little attention by modern taxonomists. Inferring species boundaries is not straightforward and requires that multiple aspects of separation such as evolution, ecology and morphology be addressed. My work attempts to bring some clarity within this little known group of flies through modern revisionary systematics and multiple cutting edge methods to delineate species.
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PhD dissertation seminar: Entomology / EEB co-major
Nick Behrens, Department of Entomology, ISU
MS thesis seminar
Susan J. Brown, Division of Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
IG Workshop: http://www.genetics.iastate.edu/ws10.html
Co-sponsored by Advance, and Interdepartmental Genetics Workshop
Marla Spivak, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN
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Brian A. Federici, Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside, CA
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Brian A. Federici, Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside, CA
Michael E. Adams, Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside, CA
Abstract: Molting and ecdysis are among the most distinctive and characteristic features of arthropod physiology and are vital for growth and metamorphosis from juvenile to the winged, reproductive adult. The programming of these events is under the control of steroid and peptide hormones. We are interested in how hormones initiate and schedule the ecdysis sequence, a series of innate behaviors that allows escape from the old cuticle to terminate the molt.
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Rebecca Sam, Department of Entomology, ISU
PhD dissertation seminar