Essig Brunch

A weekly seminar series run by the Entomology Students Organization featuring local and visiting researchers presenting a wide range of entomology topics. Open to the public. Fridays at 10am in room 1101 of the Valley Life Science Building.

Spring 2017 Schedule

January 13, 2017
Coffee Social

January 20, 2017
Speaker: Dr. Carolina Reisenman, Associate Researcher, MCB, UC Berkeley
Title: “Kissing bugs and risk of Chagas Disease transmission in southwestern USA, and tools for monitoring and control ”

January 27, 2017
Speaker: Dr. Daniel Thompson, Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Title: “Endemic butterflies of the Spring Mountains, Nevada: habitat selection, phylogeography, and responses to fire”

February 3, 2017
Speaker: Dr. Javier Ceja Navarro, Post Doc, Earth & Environmental Sciences, UC Berkeley
Title: “Arthropod-microbiome interactions and their role in the host’s environmental adaptation”

February 10, 2017
Speaker: Dr. Fang Ouyang, Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Title: “Population dynamics of an insect (Cotton Bollworm: Helicoverpa armigera), their driving factors and management strategy in a biologically-diversified landscape ecosystem”

February 17, 2017
Speaker: Aaron Pomerantz, Graduate Student (Patel Lab), UC Berkeley
Title: “Accidental Amalgamation – Science Communication, Field Entomology, and Ecotourism”

February 24, 2017
Speaker: Philipp Brand, Graduate Student (Ramirez lab), UC Davis
Title: “Evolution of chemical communication systems in orchid bees”

 March 3, 2017
Speaker: Dr. Josh Gibson, Post Doc (Tsutsui lab), UC Berkeley
Title: “Aggression and metabolism in hybrid honey bees”

March 10, 2017
Speaker: Dr. Tue Jorgensen, Post Doc (Stillman lab), UC Berkeley
Title: TBA

March 17, 2017
Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Cash, Post Doc (Tsutsui lab), UC Berkeley
Title: TBA

March 24, 2017
Speaker: Dr. Durrell Kapan, Senior Research Fellow, California Academy of Sciences
Title: “Mosquitoes & vector-borne disease in Hawaii”

March 31, 2017
** Spring Break – no Essig Brunch **

April 7, 2017
Speaker: Dr. Elina Niño, Cooperative Extension Apiculture Specialist, UC Davis
Title: TBA

April 14, 2017
Speaker: Tim O’Connor, Graduate Student (Whiteman lab), UC Berkeley
Title: TBA

April 21, 2017
Speaker: Rachel Thayer, Graduate Student (Patel lab), UC Berkeley
Title: “Genetic control of structural coloring in buckeye butterflies”

April 28, 2017
Speaker: Natalie Stauffer-Olsen, PhD candidate (O’Grady & Resh labs), UC Berkeley
Title: (finishing talk) TBA

May 5, 2017
Speaker: Maddie Girard, PhD candidate (Rosemblum lab), UC Berkeley
Title: “Evolution of complex signalling in peacock spiders (Salticidae)”


Fall 2016 Schedule

September 2, 2016
Speaker: Dr. Katharina Ullman, Xerces Society – Integrated Crop Pollination
Title: “Working with researchers and stakeholders to support invertebrate conservation”

September 9, 2016
Speaker: Dr. Noah Whiteman, Associate Professor, Integrative Biology – UC Berkeley
Title: “Adaptive evolution of an ancient detoxification pathway in an herbivorous insect”

September 16, 2016
Speaker: Dr. Jan Buellesbach, Post doc (Tsutsui lab) – UC Berkeley
Title: “Sex pheromone variation and speciation – from phenotypic to genetic architecture”

September 23, 2016
Speaker: Dr. Adam Zeilinger, Post doc (Almeida lab) – UC Berkeley
Title: “Using museum specimen occupancy data to understand and predict insect pest outbreaks in California”

September 30, 2016
No Seminar (due to the International Congress of Entomology 2016 in Orlando FL)

October 7, 2016
Speaker: Dr. Krushnamegh Kunte, Asst. Prof., National Centre for Biological Sciences, India
Title: “Ecological/evolutionary dynamics in mimetic communities”

October 14, 2016
Speaker: Dr. Aman Gill, Post doc (Will lab) – UC Berkeley
Title: “The evolution of chemical defense in ground beetles: genetic basis, biosynthetic pathways and molecular evolution of carabid quinone production”

October 21, 2016
Speaker: Dr. Sarah Crews, Post doc (Esposito lab) – California Academy of Sciences
Title: “Biomechanics of hunting in selenopid spiders”

October 28, 2016
Speaker: Dr. Malcolm Rosenthal, Post doc (Elias lab) – UC Berkeley
Title: “Mating in a variable world: the implications of environmental variation for male and female mating behavior in a wolf spider.”

November 4, 2016
Speaker: Dr. Zachary Stahlschmidt, Assistant Professor, University of the Pacific
Title: “Phenotypic plasticity in insects: integrating tradeoffs and the environment.”

November 11, 2016
No Seminar – Veterans Day

November 18, 2016
Speaker: Dr. Nick Keiser, Postdoc – Rice Academy (Houston, TX)
Title: “Group composition begets conflicting dynamics of collective behavior and bacterial transmission in social spiders.”

November 25, 2016
No Seminar – Thanksgiving break

December 2, 2016
Speaker: Allan Cabrera, Graduate Student – O’Grady lab, UC Berkeley
Title: “Lush forests and dark caves: Systematics of a harvestman subfamily and landscape genomics of a cave obligate species.”

December 9, 2016
Speaker: Dr. Francis Ratnieks, Professor of Apiculture & Social Insects, University of Sussex
Title: “How can we help bees via research? The Sussex plan for honey bee health and well being.”



Spring 2016 Schedule

January 15, 2016

     Speaker: Dr. Samia Elfekih, CSIRO
Title: “Genome-wide SNPs decipher global invasion pathways in the sweetpotato whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) species complex”

January 22, 2016

     Coffee Social

January 29, 2016

     Speaker: Prof. Miquel Arnedo, University of Barcelona
Title: Hidden doors, remote worlds: Spiders as model organisms in biodiversity research

February 5, 2016

     Speaker: Prof. Darko Voncina, UC Berkeley
Title: TBA

February 12, 2016


February 19, 2016

     Speaker: Prof. Gabriele Uhl, Universität Greifswald
Title: TBA

February 26, 2016

     Speaker: Prof. Matt Cover, Cal State Stanislaus
Title: TBA

March 4, 2016


March 11, 2016

     Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Clark, UC Berkeley
Title: TBA

March 18, 2016

     Speaker: Kevin Roberts, UC Berkeley
Title: TBA

March 25, 2016

     No Essig Brunch: Spring Break

April 1, 2016

     Speaker: Prof. Nathan Rank, Sonoma State University
Title: TBA

April 8, 2016

     Speaker: Erika Garcia, SF State University
Title: TBA

April 15, 2016

     Speaker: Natalie Stauffer, UC Berkeley
Title: TBA

April 22, 2016

     Speaker: Lisa Hunt, UC Berkeley
Title: TBA

April 29, 2016

     No Essig Brunch

May 6, 2016

     Speaker: Rakim Turnipseed, UC Berkeley
Title: TBA