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Hybrid Brown Bag Lecture Series – Around the World from Australia to Arizona: A Life in Entomology
April 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
Join us via from home via Zoom or in person at the Downtown Center! The Brown Bag Lecture Series is hybrid event that allows you to choose how you want to participate in the lectures. You can join us from the comfort of your home via Zoom. To join, visit our webpage, click on the Brown Bag Lecture button and then click on the lecture title you want to attend at noon of the specified date. It’s that easy! Your other option is to join us in person at the Downtown Center, Room G106, on Wednesdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Dr. Elizabeth Bernays highlights the significant entomological findings she made during her career and their scientific importance. She will share with you stories about her research on insects, particularly how observations on behavior provided answers on how the mechanism of resistance to pest caterpillars worked on crop plants in India and how her team of radar scientists discovered how she discovered how swarms of grasshoppers survive in the Sahara Desert. In California, Dr. Bernays found out how two different species of grasshoppers use different techniques for survival on the toxic creosote bush. In Arizona, she found that certain colorful grasshopper species have a need for variety. Her findings led to new theories on how plant-feeding insects evolved and why most insect herbivores are restricted to using just a few related plant species.