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Thirteenth Annual Graduate Student Forum

Thursday, August 26, 2010, Heep Center Room 103

Cymon Kersch
Cymon Kersch- First Place

“Expression Analysis of the Kinin receptor in female mosquitoes of Aedes aegypti (L.).”


Cymon Kersch
Luciano Cosme- Second Place
"The role of miRNAs in the regulation of seeking behavior in Aedes aegypti."



Alison BockovenAllison Bockoven- Third Place

"Colony-level variation in foraging behavior of the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta)"

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. John Westbrook, Meteorologist and Research Leader of the Areawide Pest Management Research Unit at the USDA-ARS Southern Plains Agricultural Research Center, College Station, TX.

Presenters

Cymon Kersch, M.S. – “Expression Analysis of the Kinin receptor in female mosquitoes of Aedes aegypti (L.).”

Kevin Dietz, M.S. – “The population genetic structure of the malaria vector Anopheles melas in West Africa.”

Shawn Hanrahan, Ph.D. - “Genome size diversity in insects and new genome size estimates for Texas insects.”

Donghun Kim, Ph.D. – “Cloning and sequencing of GPCRs involved in water balance from the Black-legged tick, Ixodes scapularis.”

Luciano Cosme, Ph.D. – “The role of miRNAs in the regulation of seeking behavior in Aedes aegypti.”

Marion Le Gall, Ph.D. – “Nutrient-allelochemical interactions: metabolic effects on a generalist insect herbivore.”

Warren Schoniers, Ph.D. – “Testing the pulsed stress hypothesis with cotton aphids.”

Paul Lenhart, Ph.D. – “Competitive interactions among insect herbivores with variable diet breadth: novel insights from a community of grasshoppers.”

Allison Bockoven, Ph.D. – “Colony-level variation in foraging behavior of the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta).”

Andrienne Brundage, Ph.D. – “The effects of priority colonization of carrion on two forensically important blow fly (Diptera: Calliphoridae) species.”

Eric Denemark, Ph.D. - “A spatially explicit ecological model of coexistence on a patchy ephemeral resource.”

Justin Fiene, Ph.D. – “Influence of plant genotype and prey availability on omnivory by Western Flower Thrips.”

Jennifer Pechal, Ph.D. – “Blow Fly (Diptera: Calliphoridae) and Microbial Community Dynamics on Decomposition Ephemeral Resources.”