CAES Seminar Series

2018-2019 SCHEDULE

  1. Wednesday, September 26, 2018--Dr. Theodore Andreadis, Center for Vector Biology & Zoonotic Diseases, CAES Director, "Reflections on the Ecology and Epidemiology of Mosquito-Borne Viruses in Connecticut: An Analysis from 20 Years of Research and Surveillance

  2. CANCELED--Friday, October 12, 2018--Lockwood Lecture--tea at 10:30 a.m., lecture at 11:00 a.m., Dr. Mathews Paret, University of Florida, North Florida Research and Education Center, Qunicy, FL, "Nanotechnology and Bacterial Disease Suppression in Florida Tomatoes"

  3. Wednesday, October 24, 2018-- Dr. Scott Williams, Department of Forestry and Horticulture, "Tick-Borne Disease Ecology Research Update and Future Direction"  

  4. Wednesday, November 7, 2018-- CANCELED AND RESCHEDULED TO TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11. Dr. Kendra Maas, Microbial Analysis, Resources, and Services (MARS); UConn CORE; title TBA

  5. Thursday, November 15, 2018--Dr. Abigail Maynard, Department of Forestry and Horticulture, "Composting and Utilization of Compost"

  6. Wednesday, November 21, 2018--CANCELED AND RESCHEDULED TO THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15. Dr. Abigail Maynard, Department of Forestry and Horticulture, "Composting and Utilization of Compost"

  7. Wednesday, December 5, 2018--Michael Rickenbach, CT Dept. of Emergency Services and
    Public Protection, Chemical Analysis Section, “An Overview of Programs from the
    Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Chemical Analysis

  8. Tuesday, December 11, 2018-- Dr. Kendra Maas, Microbial Analysis, Resources, and Services (MARS); UConn CORE, “Microbial Community Analysis: Combining Advances in Next-Gen Sequencing and Ecological Theory to Explore the Microbial Black Box

  9. Wednesday, December 19, 2018--Dr. James LaMondia, Valley Laboratory, “Connecticut Cigar Wrapper Tobacco: The Result of Practical Research and 380 Years of Tobacco

  10.  Wednesday, January 9, 2019--Dr. Josie Hyde, Department of Environmental Sciences, “The Ecology of Australian Diving Beetles: A Subterranean Pool Party, B.Y.O.G.”

  11. Wednesday, January 16, 2018--Dr. Hannah Reynolds, Biology Department, Western Connecticut State University; “Evolutionary Genomics of Psychedelic and Pathogenic Fungi

  12. Wednesday, January 23, 2019--Dr. Zhouqi Cui, Department of Plant Pathology and Ecology,
    Bacterial pathogen Dickeya dadantii differentiates into functional units
    during the invasion of plants

  13. Wednesday, February 6, 2019--Dr. Gale Ridge, Department of Entomology, “The Devil’s Bait: The Chaos of Delusionary Infestations, Where Lives Are Ruined and Occasionally Lost

  14. Wednesday, February 20, 2019-- Dr. Kirby Stafford, Department of Entomology, “CAES
    History Part 2: 109 Years of “Field Day” at Lockwood Farm

  15. Wednesday, March 6, 2019--Dr. Melody Keena, Forest Service Northern Research Station,
    Hamden, “A Tale of Two Anoplophora, Which Poses the Greater Threat?”

  16. Thursday, March 21, 2019--Ms. Deborah Surabian, State Soil Scientist, Connecticut and Rhode Island, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, “Subaqueous Soils – It’s Not Just Mud

  17. Wednesday, April 3, 2019--Dr. Nubia Zuverza-Mena, Department of Analytical Chemistry,
    Emerging Contaminants: Not New Pollutants, but Current Concerns

  18. Tuesday, April 9, 2019--Dr. Pam Marrone, Founder and CEO, Marrone Bio Innovations, “The History, Status and Potential of Biologicals for Pest Management and Plant Health”

  19. Wednesday, April 17, 2019--Dr. Elisha Allen-Perkins, Valley Laboratory, “Reintroducing Hops to Connecticut: Varietal Testing and Integrated Pest Management”

  20. Friday, April 26, 2019--Dr. Tania Maria Guardado Alvarez, TGA Scientific Consulting and Co-Owner of Xotramorphic LLC, “Surface Functionalization of Nanoparticles for Applications from Drug Delivery to Nanoproteomics

  21. Wednesday, May 1, 2019--Dr. Yi Yang, Department of Environmental Sciences, “Peroxymonosulfate-based Oxidation Processes for Pollutant Degradation in Water”

  22. Wednesday, May 22, 2019--Dr. Daniel Cooley, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, “Using Decision Support Systems to Guide Fungicide Spray Programs and Management of Apple Scab”
2017-2018 SCHEDULE


1.   Thursday, October 12, 2017--Dr. Charles Vossbrinck, Department of Environmental Science, CAES, “Genomic Ecology of the Microsporidia” (PDF Format)


2.   Wednesday, November 1, 2017-- Dr. Jeffrey Ward, Department of Forestry and Horticulture, CAES,  

Crop Tree Management in Fully and Poorly Stocked Stands

3.   Tuesday, November 7, 2017-- Dr. Jie Wang, Department of Plant Pathology and Ecology, Michigan State University, “Population Genetics and Disease Management of the Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome Pathogen, Fusarium virguliforme

4.   Wednesday, November 29, 2017--Dr. Kirby C. Stafford III, Department of Entomology, CAES, “The Lone Star Tick in Connecticut: A New Tick and Associated Diseases on the Horizon

5.   Wednesday, December 6, 2017--Henry Talmage, Executive Director, CT Farm Bureau Association, “CT Agriculture in 2018: A Discussion of Trends and Analysis by Sector” 

6.   Wednesday, December 20, 2017--Juli Gould, USDA, “Progress Towards Biocontrol of Emerald Ash Borer”


7.   Wednesday, January 3, 2018--Dr. Wade Elmer, Department of Plant Pathology & Ecology, CAES, “Nanoparticles for Plant Disease Control” 

8.   Wednesday, January 17, 2018--Dr. Joseph Pignatello, Department of Environmental Science, CAES, "Roles of Biochars and Other Carbons in Agricultural and Environmental Management" 

9.   Wednesday, January 31, 2018--Dr. Carole Cheah, Valley Laboratory, CAES, “Climate Impacts on Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in the Northeast” 

10.   Wednesday, February 14, 2018--Dr. Martin Gent, Department of Forestry & Horticulture, CAES, "Modeling Translocation and Metabolism in Plants" 

11.  Wednesday, February 21, 2018--Yangchao Luo, UConn, “Nanoscale Oral Delivery Systems Made from All Natural Ingredients and Their Potential Applications in Functional Foods

12.   Wednesday, February 28, 2018--Dr. DeWei Li, Valley Laboratory, CAES, “Update on Ethnomycology: fungi and human beings

13.   Thursday, March 15, 2018--Dr. Kimberly Stoner, Department of Entomology, CAES,  “Tracking Sources of Pesticides in Pollen Trapped from Honeybees

14.   Wednesday, March 28, 2018--Dr. Scott Williams, Department of Forestry & Horticulture, CAES, "Tick-borne disease ecology: Concerns for forest and public health alike"

15.   Wednesday, April 11, 2018 --Prof. Julia Kuzovkina, Department of Analytical Chemistry, UConn, “Willows Beyond Wetlands: Uses of Salix L. Species for Ecosystem Services

16.   Wednesday, April 25, 2018--Dan Gage, Department of Plant Pathology and Ecology, UConn, “Soil Protists - Enhancing the Growth of Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria

17.  Thursday, May 10, 2018--Dr. Teja Shidore, Department of Plant Pathology and Ecology, CAES, "Bacterial Toxin-Antitoxin Systems: Implications for Plant Disease"


18.  Wednesday, May 23, 2018--Dr. Christina Robb, Department of Analytical Chemistry, CAES, “Select Agent Analysis at CAES

19.  Wednesday, June 20, 2018--Ms. Clarisse Liné, Ecolab, Toulouse, France, "Impacts and Detection of Carbon Nanotubes on Plants

2016-2017 SCHEDULE
1.  Wednesday, September 28, 2016--Dr. Jeffrey Ward, Department of Forestry and Horticulture, CAES, "Roadside Forest Management: Tree-by-Tree"
2.  Wednesday, October 19, 2016--Mr. Gregory Bugbee, Department of Environmental Sciences, CAES, "Invasive Aquatic Plants-The State of the State" 
3.  Thursday, October 27, 2016--Dr. Leslie Brandt, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Sciences, U.S. Forest Service, "A Framework for Adapting Forests and Agricultural Resources of Climate Change"
4.  Wednesday, November 2, 2016--Dr. Claire RutledgeDepartment of Entomology, CAES, “Biosurveillance, Detecting an Alien Invasive Beetle Using a Native Wasp” 
5.  Wednesday, November 9, 2016--Dr. Jeffrey Powell, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, "Population Genetics to Understand and Control Vectors: Aedes aegypti, a Case Study" 

6.  Wednesday, November 17, 2016--Dr. Katja Maurer, Valley Laboratory, CAES, “Hops – A New Crop for Connecticut” 
7.  Wednesday, December 7, 2016--Dr. Lindsay Triplett, Department of Plant Pathology & Ecology, CAES, "American Heirloom: Looking to a Heritage Crop for Solutions to Modern Agricultural Problems" 
8.  Wednesday, December 21, 2016-- Prof. Baoshan Xing, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, University of Massachusetts, “Engineered Nanomaterials in the Environment” 
9.  Wednesday, January 4, 2017--Dr. Nichole Broderick, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, The Institute of Systems Genomics at the University of Connecticut, “The Microbiome in Health and Disease: Using a Fly Model to Understand Host-microbe Interactions” 
10.  Wednesday, January 18, 2017--Dr. Robert Marra, Department of Plant Pathology & Ecology, CAES, "Accounting for decay and carbon loss in trees: a novel and nondestructive approach using tomography" 
11.  Wednesday, February 1, 2017--Dr. Lawrence F. Gall, Head, Computer Systems Office and Entomology Collections Manager, Peabody Museum of Natural History, “Of Moths, Museums, and Digitization” 
12.  Wednesday, February 15, 2017--Dr. Richard Cowles, Valley Laboratory, CAES, “Neonicotinoids and Honeybees” 
13.  Wednesday, March 1, 2017--Dr. Donald Aylor, Department of Pathology and Ecology, CAES, "A Biophysical Framework for Modeling Aerial Dispersal of Plant Pathogens" 
14.  Wednesday, March 15, 2017--Dr. Walter Krol, Department of Analytical Chemistry, CAES, “Pesticide Residues in Food Sold in Connecticut: The Road to Gaining ISO Accreditation” 
15. Friday, March 17, 2017--Comm. Steven Reviczky, Connecticut Department of Agriculture, "Agriculture in Connecticut" 
16. Wednesday, March 29, 2017--Prof. Beth Lawrence, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, Center for Environmental Science & Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, "Impacts of Invasive Cattail (Typha x glauca) Management on Wetland Ecosystems Services" 
17.  Wednesday, April 12, 2017--Dr. Gale Ridge, Department of Entomology, CAES, “The Maligned Human Bed Bug: A Masterpiece in Adaptation and Survival” 
18.  Wednesday, April 26, 2017--Dr. Zheng Wang, Yale University, “Traffic lights to fungal sex–toward systems biology of the asexual-sexual switch in fungi” 
19.  Wednesday, May 10, 2017--Dr. Craig Brodersen, Assistant Professor of Plant Physiological Ecology, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, "Using 3D X-ray Imaging to Study the Vulnerability of Plant Vascular Systems to Drought and Pathogens"
20.  Wednesday, May 17, 2017--Dr. Ben Niu, Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, "After the Plant-Root Microbiome...What Next?"
21.  Wednesday, May 24, 2017-- Dr. Nubia Zuverza-Mena, Department of Analytical Chemistry, CAES, “The Good/Bad and the Unknown about Nanotechnology” 

2015-2016 SCHEDULE

1.—Wednesday, October 7--Dr. Quan Zeng, Dept. of Plant Pathology and Ecology, CAES, "Using comparative genomics approaches to understand an emerging turf grass disease: what questions can we ask and what do we learn?" 

2.—Wednesday, October 21--Dr. Luca Pagano, Dept. of Life Sciences, University of Parma, Parma, Italy, "Functional toxicogenomics of metal-based nanoparticles in model organisms" 
3.—Wednesday, November 4--Dr. Lili He, Dept. of Food Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, "Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy: a next generation analytical tool for detection and characterization of nanoparticle contaminants" 

4.—Wednesday, November 25--Dr. Neil Schultes, Dept. of Plant Pathology and Ecology, CAES, "Purine and pyrimidine transporters in plants and select microbes"

5.—Wednesday, December 9--Dr. Elizabeth Roberts, Southern Connecticut State University, “Fungi, fescue, and a tripartitemicrobial mutualism” 


6.—Wednesday, January 6--Dr. Victoria L. Smith, Dept. of Entomology, CAES, “Inspection, registration, and early detection:activities of the Office of the State Entomologist”

7.—Wednesday, January 13--Dr. Kirby C. Stafford III, Dept. of Entomology, CAES, "The birth of an idea: a history of the first agricultural experiment station--CAES" (Flyer) (Full Presentation)

8.—Wednesday, January 27--Dr. Peter J. Krause, Senior Research Scientist, Dept. of Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale School of Medicine, “Emerging tick-borne infections: Babesiosis and hard tick relapsing fever”

9.—Wednesday, February 17--Dr. Jeffrey Ward, Dept. of Forestry and Horticulture, CAES, “Mixing applied and basic research—crop tree management” 

10.—Wednesday, March 9--Dr. Adriana Arango-Velez, Dept. of Forestry and Horticulture, CAES, “Environmental challenges and trees…who wins the battle?” 

11.—Wednesday, March 30--Dr. Richard Cowles, Valley Laboratory, CAES, “Against the wind: challenges in applying behavioral manipulation to manage spotted wing drosophila”

12.—Wednesday, April 13--Dr. Sam Telford, Tufts University, “Emergence, expansion, and changes in the frequency of vector-borne diseases in the US” 

13.—Wednesday, April 20--Dr. Anthony DeNicola, White Buffalo, “Can tick-associated disease risks be mitigated through deer management?”

14.—Wednesday, April 27--Dr. Doug Brackney, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, CAES, “Genetic bottlenecks, RNAi-mediated diversification and selective constraints collectively influence the evolution of Powassan virus"

15.—Tuesday, May 10-- Dr. Blaire Steven, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, CAES, A microbial ecological perspective on sudden vegetation dieback in coastal wetlands”

16.—Wednesday, May 25-- Paula Schenck, M.P.H., Director, Indoor Environments and Health Programs, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, UConn Health Center, “Mold Exposure and health: Why has it become more of a concern? What does exposure mean to health? What have we learned about added risks, as communities recover from catastrophic weather?"