Unnatural Selection: How Humans Affect Insect Evolution Without Even Realizing It
Thursday, February 7, 2020 | 7 p.m.
Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom
Duquesne Power Center
Dr. May Berenbaum - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department of Entomology
May Berenbaum, Ph.D. is devoted to teaching and fostering scientific literacy through formal and informal education and has been on the faculty of the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1980, serving as head since 1992 and as Swanlund Chair of Entomology since 1996.
Known for elucidating chemical mechanisms underlying interactions between insects and their host plants, including detoxification of natural and synthetic chemicals, Dr. Berenbaum also applies ecological principles in developing sustainable management practices for natural and agricultural communities. Her research, supported primarily by NSF and USDA, has produced over 230 refereed scientific publications and 35 book chapters.
Join Dr. Berenbaum as she discusses her research into how humanity has affected insect evolution.
"Humans have obliviously exerted selection pressures on insects in diverse orders and changed their distributions, abundances, life histories, and physiology, with consequences ranging from increasing their ability to cause us harm to bringing their populations to the brink of extinction."
Free and open to the public with a reception to follow.
Sponsored by the Dean's Office of the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences.
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