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Department of Entomology

Department of Entomology
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1603 Old Claflin Place
Kansas State University
Manhattan KS 66506-4004

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Entomology Seminar Series

The Department of Entomology sponsors a seminar series covering a wide range of topics and speakers. Seminars are normally held on Tuesdays of the spring and fall semesters from 4 -5 pm.  Please join us!

In addition to maintaining a high caliber of speakers, each year the department recognizes alumni and other scientists for their contributions to the science of entomology via the Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Theodore L. Hopkins Distinguished Colloquium Award. The students of the Popenoe Entomology Club also select the Popenoe Speaker each year and sponsor his or her visit to the department.

All seminars will be conducted remotely by Zoom. Please refer to weekly email announcements for Zoom link or contact entomology@ksu.edu or tkim@ksu.edu for Zoom information.

Graduate student research proposal seminar evaluation form.

 * Preceding the seminar, there will be a Question and Answer session with our out-of-town speakers for graduate students and postdocs from 3:30-3:55 pm.


Entomology Virtual Seminar Schedule
Kansas State University
Fall 2020




Speaker/Presentation Title

Hosted by

Aug 18:

Dr. Xuming Liu (USDA-ARS adjunct faculty), “Molecular Determinants for Host Resistance/Susceptibility to Parasites”

Tania Kim

Aug 25:

Dr. Bethany McGregor (USDA-ARS adjunct faculty), “The Messy Ecology of Vector-borne Disease”

Tania Kim

Sept 1:

Jessica Butters (MSc Student Seminar), “Providing for pollinators: integrating and conserving natural habitats”

Tania Kim

Sept 8:

Dr. Jessica Kansman* (Penn State), “Stressful times call for stressful measures: How are tritrophic interactions affected by drought?”

Rob Morrison

Sept 15:

Hannah Stowe (MSc Student Seminar), “Dietary Diversity and Continuity Improve Fitness and Energetic Reserves and Alters Flight Capacity of Native Coccinellid Predators”

Tania Kim

Sept 22:

Ivan Grijalva (PhD Student Seminar), “Automated Recognition of Sugarcane Aphid and Coccinellids using Machine Learning Strategies”

Brian McCornack

Sept 29:

Dr. Brett Blaauw* (University of Georgia), “Developing sustainable pest management programs for southeastern fruit production”

Rob Morrison

Oct 6:

Cameron Osborne (PhD Student Seminar)  “Enhancing RNAi efficiency in the biting midge Culicoides sonorensis (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae)”

Kris Silver

Oct 13:

Dr. Duane McKenna* (University of Memphis), “The Evolution and Genomic Basis of Beetle Diversity”

Erin Scully

Oct 20:

Valerie Nguyen (MSc Student Seminar), “Population Genetics and Resource Utilization of the Lesser Grain Borer in Manhattan, KS”

Erin Scully

Oct 27:

No seminar


Nov 3:

Dr. Sheina Sim* (USDA-ARS-Hilo, HI), “Insect genomics and its applications to protecting what's for dinner”

Erin Scully

Nov 10:

Dr. Matthew McCary* (Yale University). “Unraveling soil community dynamics in the face of global change"

 Tania Kim

Nov 17:

No seminar (Entomological Society of America Meetings)


Nov 24:

No seminar (Thanksgiving)


Dec 1:

Marco Ponce (PhD Student Seminar), "The interaction between storage microbes and stored product insects on insect behavior, dispersal, growth, and grain quality of durable commodities" 

Rob Morrison




Streaming Video

Some Seminars are available LIVE via streaming video (using windows media player). Go to video page before the start of seminar . Archived seminars are available the week following seminar.

Other Seminars

Check out a list of seminars in other departments