Evolutionary genetics of host specificity in aphelinid parasitoids of aphids

Speaker: Keith R. Hopper, Ph.D

Beneficial Insect Introductions Research Unit, USDA-ARS, Newark, Delaware

Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 7-8:30 pm

Linder Theater, AMNH (West 77th Street entrance)

Hopper’s lab addresses primarily the mechanisms affecting host specificity of parasitic insects. They test alternative hypotheses about the genetic architecture of specificity: many genes interacting versus few genes with additive effects. Evolutionary shifts are much less likely under the first hypothesis than under the second.

Keith’s lab studies the genomics and transcriptomics of differences in host specificity among insect species. They also work on the effects of bacterial endosymbionts on host specificity and reproductive isolation, evolution of parasitoid morphology and courtship behavior, and the genetics and evolution of host specificity in moth species.

Please attend this most informative lecture.

Where:                Linder Theater, AMNH (West 77th Entrance)

Date:                   Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Time:                   7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Dinner:    Senn Thai Comfort Food, 452 Amsterdam Avenue, 9:00 p.m.

Society meetings are always open to the public with no admission charge.

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