Departmental Seminars

The Entomology Department regularly hosts seminars during the spring and fall teaching semesters. For the 2023/24 academic year, seminars will alternate between guest speakers (noon-1pm in Russell Labs 150) and department faculty (3-4pm in Russell Labs 243, preceding Friday Swarm). For each seminar listed below, note the time and that the format may be in-person or online only. For in-person seminars, a virtual option will be provided and the seminar will be recorded. Use this link to join the recurring Zoom meeting for online attendance. Links to view recordings of past seminars will be placed in the schedule when available.

2024 Spring Colloquium

Please note the time and location for each seminar alternates weekly.
Date/TimeSpeakerTitleAffiliationLocation
Fri, Jan 26, 3pmSusan PaskewitzLab TalkUW EntomologyRL 243
Fri, Feb 2, 12pm (noon)Linda OforkaLab TalkUW EntomologyRL 150
Fri, Feb 9, 3pmSean SchovilleLab TalkUW EntomologyRL 243
Fri, Feb 16, 3pmClaudio GrattonLab talkUW EntomologyRL 243
Fri, Feb 23, 3pmShawn SteffanLab TalkUW EntomologyRL 243
Fri, Mar 1, 3pmAdela Olivia-Chavez Lab TalkUW EntomologyRL 243
Fri, Mar 22, 3pmPJ LieschNOW That's What I Call Diagnostics! 10UW EntomologyRL 243
Fri, Mar 29 Spring Break - No Colloquium
Fri, Apr 5, 12 pm (noon)Dominic EvangelistaPhylogenetics of the strange and unknown (Blattodea)University of Illinois - Urbana ChampaignRL 150 - Watch recording
Fri, Apr 12, 3pmChristelle GuedotLab TalkUW EntomologyRL 243
Fri, Apr 19, 12pm (noon)Stephen KellsExperiences in the “Let’s Beat the Bug” Campaign to counter societal resurgence of bed bugs (Cimex lectularius)University of MinnesotaRL 150 - Watch recording
Fri, Apr 26, 12pm (noon)UW Entomology DEITown HallUW EntomologyRL 243
Fri, May 3, 3-5pmRussell Labs picnicOutside behind RL
Fri, May 9-10 (TBD)Silvia RondonPest Monitoring and Climate and Weather-Based Decision Support Tools: Predicting the UnpredictableOregon State UniversityRL 150 - Watch recording
Fri, May 17, 12:00pm (noon)Ebony TaylorM.S. DefenseUW EntomologyRL 150

Doane Lecture Series

The Department of Entomology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison hosts a special seminar series, entitled “The Charles Chesley Doane Distinguished Lecture.” Typically held during the fall semester, the event includes a main lecture of broad interest to the entire campus community plus a smaller, more specialized lecture or discussion to a narrower audience of mostly entomologists. For more information on the Department’s annual Doane Lecture Series and to view past and future speakers, please click here.

Past Seminars

Recordings of many past seminars are available below. Click any of the seminar series buttons below to expand the content.

+2023 Fall Colloquium

2023 Fall Colloquium

Please note the time and location for each seminar alternates weekly.
Date/TimeSpeakerTitleAffiliationLocation
Fri, Sep 8, 3pmRuss GrovesChair's UpdateUW EntomologyRL 150 - Watch recording
Thu, Sep 14, 4:30pmLars ChittkaThe Mind of a BeeQueen Mary University of LondonUW Biotech Center Auditorium - Not recorded
Fri, Sep 15, noonLars ChittkaBrown Bag TalkQueen Mary University of LondonRL 147 - Not recorded
Fri, Sep 22, 3pmEmily BickLab talkUW EntomologyRL 243 - Not recorded
Fri, Sep 29, noonKirsten BiefeldCommunicating with Plant PestsWI-DATCPRL 150 - Watch recording
Fri, Oct 6, 3pmJames CrallLab talkUW EntomologyRL 243 - Not recorded
Fri, Oct 13, noonSiyuan Feng and John PoolFly genomes through space and time illuminate adaptation to novel environmentsUW Madison GeneticsRL 150 - Watch recording
Fri, Oct 20, 3pmRuss GrovesLab talkUW EntomologyRL 243 - Not recorded
Fri, Nov 17, noonMonique RiveraUnderstanding and using insect biology to develop biorational techniques to mitigate insect vector transmitted plant pathogensCornellRL 150 - Watch recording
Fri, Dec 1, 3pmRuss GrovesCelebration of Dr. Tom GermanUW EntomologyPlant Pathology Library
Fri, Dec 8, noonDEI / Community Building - Dr. Melina Packer"Doing Science Differently: Critical Contributions from Queer, Feminist, and Postcolonial Science Studies"UW EntomologyRL 150 - Watch recording
Fri, Dec 15, noonJillian SchatPhD DefenseUW EntomologyRL 150 - Watch recording
+2023 Spring Colloquium

2023 Spring Colloquium

DateSpeakerTitleAffiliationFormat
Feb 3Molli PauliotThe Emerald Ash Borer’s Impact on Ho-Chunk Black Ash BasketsUW-Madison AnthropologyWatch recording
Feb 10Jennifer ZaspelIntegrating collections, research, education, and exhibits to advance biodiversity science and STEM learningVP/Academic Dean, Milwaukee Public MuseumWatch recording
Feb 17Jay WatsonWI DNR's Terrestrial Insect Conservation & Management ProgramWI Department of Natural ResourcesWatch recording
Feb 24Jared AliCANCELLED: Chemical Ecology of Plant Defense and Multi-trophic Interactions: Bad Bugs, Pungent Parasites and Toxic TravelersPenn StateCancelled due to weather
Mar 3Seth DonougheEggshells and wings: How developing tissues build complex materials, and what this reveals about predictability in evolutionUniversity of ChicagoWatch recording
Mar 10Olivia BernauerGlobal change and pollinators: Functional diversity and resilienceUW-Madison EntomologyWatch recording
Mar 17No ColloquiumSpring Break
Mar 24PJ LieschTales from the Insect Diagnostic Lab: Trends and other Stories from 2022UW-Madison EntomologyWatch recording
Mar 31Miriam Kishinevsky
Parasitoids in the field: what do we assume and what do we know?UW-MadisonWatch recording
Apr 7Allee HochmuthCommunication and Conflict Transformation 101: A Cross-Disciplinary ApproachUW-MadisonWatch recording
View slides
Apr 14August Easton-CalabriaMS defenseUW-Madison EntomologyWatch recording
Apr 21Quinn McFrederickThe weird world of pathogens, microbes, and meat-eating beesUC RiversideWatch recording
Apr 28Ben IulianoPh.D. defense: Ecological and social dimensions of insect natural enemy conservation in Wisconsin agricultural landscapesUW-Madison Entomology, Integrative BiologyWatch recording
Tue, May 2, 1pmKristina LopezPh.D. defense: Evaluating adult mosquito control and insecticide resistance in a West Nile virus hot-spotUW-MadisonRussell A228 or via zoom
May 5Skye Bruce (Harnsberger)Ph.D. defense: Landscape ecology & conservation of grassland butterflies in WisconsinUW-Madison EntomologyWatch recording
Tue, May 9, 2-3pmDr. Marilia GaiarsaSpecial SeminarUC-MercedIn-person, Russell 594
May 12Matt HetheringtonPh.D. defense: Exploring the sensory ecology and behavioral management of two North American Lygus speciesUW-MadisonIn-person or via zoom
+2022 Fall Colloquium

2022 Fall Colloquium

DateSpeakerTitleAffiliationFormat
Sep 16Berry BrosiEffects of experimentally induced community-level phenological mismatches on plant pollination and fecundityUniversity of WashingtonWatch recording
Sep 23Rick LindrothThe butterfly effect: highlights, lowlights, and insights from my 37-year career at UW-MadisonUW-MadisonWatch recording
Sep 30Shawn Steffan and Allee HochmuthDepartmental Codes and Policies etc.UW-MadisonWatch recording
Oct 7Ainsley SeagoEvolution of beetle iridescenceCarnegie Museum of Natural History (Pittsburgh, PA)Watch recording
Oct 14Russ GrovesDepartmental awards and recognitionUW-MadisonWatch recording
Oct 21Prarthana DharampalMicrobes within food webs--the invisible dark matter that mattersUW-MadisonWatch recording
Oct 28Bobbi PeckarskyEffects of climate change on stream insectsUW-MadisonWatch recording
Nov 4Ignacio Escalante MezaMechanisms and evolutionary implications of behaviors: biomechanics and communication in an arachnidUW-Milwaukee/University of Illinois at ChicagoWatch recording
Thu Nov 10Victoria LasonCharacterizing Insect Feeding Behaviors Which Enhance Epiphytic Salmonella enterica Bacterial PopulationsUW-MadisonWatch recording
Nov 11Zeyaur KhanAn Adventure in Applied Entomology:
A History of Three Decades of Research and Future Directions of Push-Pull Agriculture in Africa
International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, KenyaWatch recording | View slides
Nov 18Xia LeeZuam thiab Hmoob (Ticks and the Hmong)WI DHS + UW EntomologyWatch recording
Nov 25No ColloquiumThanksgiving Break
Thu, Dec 1, 4-5pmDr. Laura FigueroaBees, bugs & beyond: one researcher's story to understand and promote pollinator health and inclusivity in scienceUniversity of Massachusetts-AmherstWatch recording
Dec 9Anurag AgrawalDoane LectureCornell EEBWatch recording
Thu, Dec 15Mitchell LannanMS Exit Seminar: Impact of attract-and-kill on Popillia japonica (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) and survey of bee abundance and diversity in Wisconsin vineyardsUW-Madison Entomology
+2022 Spring Colloquium

2022 Spring Colloquium

DateSpeakerTopic/TitleAffiliationFormat
Jan 28Celso OliveiraPhytochemical diversity and plant-insect interactionsUW-MadisonWatch recording
Feb 4Dr. Shalene JhaPlant-animal interactions and ecosystem services in the face of global changeUniversity of Texas, AustinWatch recording
Feb 11Dr. Lynn AdlerFloral traits mediating bee-pathogen interactionsUniversity of Massachusetts, AmherstWatch recording
Wed, Feb 16Dr. Emily BickDigital Entomology: Approaches in precision pest ecologyUniversity of CopenhagenNot recorded
Feb 18No seminar---
Feb 25Dr. Punya NachappaWild wild west: emerging viruses and viroids of hemp in ColoradoColorado StateWatch recording
Mar 4No noon seminar---
Wed, Mar 9Dr. Sara EmeryBig data, conservation biological control and precision pest ecologyUC DavisNot recorded
Mar 11Dr. Art WoodsThermal ecology of aspen leaf minersUniversity of Montana, MissoulaWatch recording
Mar 18SPRING BREAK---
Mar 25PJ Liesch2021's Trends and Highlights from the UW Insect Diagnostic LabUW-MadisonPJ Liesch
Thu, Mar 31Dr. Diana SixFrom little to big: Bark beetle-fungus symbiosis effects at the landscape levelUniversity of Montana, MissoulaNot recorded
Apr 1Dr. Diana SixForests, bark beetles and a changing climate: Finding trees that have what it takes to persist in the face of severe outbreaksUniversity of Montana, MissoulaWatch recording
Apr 8Dr. Amelia LindseySymbiont-mediated losses of sex in parasitoid waspsUniversity of MinnesotaWatch recording
Apr 15Dr. Lora RichardsCaterpillars, chemistry, and plants: A story of diversity and scaleUniversity of Nevada, RenoWatch recording
Apr 22Dr. Emily Poppenborg MartinArthropod biodiversity and ecosystem services in farmland: pathways to prediction, pathways to enhancement?University of HannoverWatch recording
Apr 29Yi-Ming WengEvolution in sky islands: how alpine beetles respond to glacial cyclesUW-MadisonWatch recording
May 6Erin LoweDissertation defenseUW-MadisonWatch recording
+2021 Fall Colloquium

2021 Fall Colloquium

DateSpeakerTitleAffiliationFormat
Fri, Sep 10EGSA-hosted picnicIn person 
Fri, Sep 17Dr. Matt SmithThe mechanisms and ecological impact of individuality in insect behaviorUW-Madison (from Harvard)In person + Virtual
Fri, Sep 24Dr. Genevieve PugesekThe cryptic life cycle stages of bumble bees: using natural history to guide conservationUW-Madison (from Tufts)In person + Virtual
Fri, Oct 01Dr. D. André Green IIMonarch migration as an integrative model of complex trait evolutionUniversity of MichiganVirtual
Fri, Oct 08Dr. Joe LouisRegulation of plant defense responses to sap-sucking aphidsUniversity of NebraskaVirtual
Fri, Oct 15Dr. Mary JamiesonUnderstanding drivers of plant-insect interactions: from landscapes to moleculesOakland UniversityIn person + Virtual
Fri, Oct 22Dr. Lynette StricklandVariation in nature: maintenance, control and benefitsUniversity of MemphisVirtual
Fri, Oct 29Dr. Lora RichardsPhytochemical diversity, plant-insect interactionsUniversity of Nevada-RenoIn person + Virtual
Fri, Nov 05No colloquium (Entomology Society of America Meeting)
Tue, Nov 9Dr. Gebbiena Bron - Research SeminarFrom plague to Rift Valley fever: exploring vector-borne pathogen invasion, persistence, and controlWageningen UniversityIn person (Rm 150)
Wed, Nov 10Dr. Gebbiena Bron - Teaching SeminarZoonotic vector-borne diseases: How they stay with us and how to control themWageningen UniversityIn person (Rm 216)
Fri, Nov 12Dr. Anurag AgrawalConvergence and divergence in the diversity of insects feeding on a toxic plantCornell UniversityIn person (Doane Lecture) + Virtual
Mon, Nov 15Dr. Andrew MacDonaldInfectious disease in a changing world: Land use and climate change impacts on vector-borne diseaseUniversity of California, Santa BarbaraIn person (Rm 150) + Zoom
Tue, Nov 16Dr. Andrew MacDonaldPlanetary health impacts of land use
and land cover change
University of California, Santa BarbaraIn person (Rm 216) + Zoom
Fri, Nov 19Dr. Anthony VaudoBee nutritional ecology: unifying behavior, communities, and conservationUniversity of Nevada-RenoZoom
Fri, Nov 26No colloquium (Thanksgiving)
Mon, Nov 29Dr. Jean Tsao - Research SeminarDistribution of Lyme disease risk in the eastern US: it's not just about the ticks....or is it?Michigan StateIn person (Rm 150) + Zoom
Tue, Nov 30Dr. Jean Tsao - Teaching SeminarEmerging infectious diseases and spillover events: Cats, mink, deer, oh my!Michigan StateIn person (Rm 216) + Zoom
Fri, Dec 03DEI Committee
Fri, Dec 10Martin VenturaStudent DefenseUW-MadisonIn person + Zoom