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Lab members excel at National Meeting!

Posted: December 7, 2015

Lab members gave eight presentations at the Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America held in Minneapolis, MN from 15-18 November 2015.
Rosie and Anjel enjoying the moment after learning of their 1st place awards!

Rosie and Anjel enjoying the moment after learning of their 1st place awards!

We had a great time at the EntSoc meeting in Minneapolis. Lab members did a wonderful job presenting their research. Of the students entered into the student competition, Anjel Helms won the President's Prize for Best Talk in her section (yet again; she also earned a Monsanto Travel Award to attend the meeting), and Rosie Sowers won the same award in the sole Undergraduate section! Rosie's accomplishment is particularly notable because she is in her first year of undergraduate and was competing against mostly seniors! (Nevermind that she has been working with us for three years already.) 

Here is a list of all of our presentations (all orals presentations but one):

Rosalie Sowers: Candy-cane stems not so sweet: Ducking goldenrod stems have altered chemical defenses against non-galling herbivores. 

Anna Busch: Does Pterostichus melanarius (Coleopera: Carabidae) induce fear in slugs? Relevance for biological control.  

Maggie Douglas: A slug in the system: Unintended effects of neonicotinoid seed treatments in no-till corn and soybeans. (Invited Symposium talk)

Anthony Vaudo: Bee nutrition and floral resource restoration: Integrating nutritional ecology and conservation. 

Anjel Helms: A single compound in the goldenrod gall fly, Eurosta solidaginis, volatile emission primes anti-herbivore defenses in tall goldenrod, Solidago altissima

Kevin Rice: Host plant growth stage influences brown marmorated stink bug development and survival (Invited poster)

Kevin Rice: Laser ablation tomography: Vaporizing insects with 1 million watts to quantify fitness. 

Marion Le Gall: Picky generalists: Nutrient selection influences slug foraging behavior.

During the meeting, we had a great lab dinner at The Local, a great pub in Downtown Minneapolis. Everyone behaved

During the meeting, we had a great lab dinner at The Local, a great pub in Downtown Minneapolis. Everyone behaved. [Counterclockwise from lower left: Eric, Elizabeth, Anjel, Kirsten, Anna, Marion, Bill (a lab groupie), Maggie, Kevin, Rosie, and Anthony.]