The Entomological Society of America has just started a childcare grant program for its attendees bringing small children (or babies) to the Annual Meeting. They offer $400 per attending family to cover the extra expenses of bringing a small child to the meeting or leaving them at home.
Wow! What a change!
Our new review titled, “Crop domestication and naturally-selected species interactions” was just accepted for publication for the 2015 edition of the Annual Review of Entomology. Online preprints should be available in a couple months.
Congratulations to Tara Madsen-Steigmeyer who just graduated from UC Berkeley this spring! Tara studied the invasion history of Colorado potato beetle using population genomic approaches. She was co-advised by Neil Tsutsui.
We are very excited that the genome of the Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) has been sequenced as part of the i5K project by the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine. Sean Schoville from University of Wisconsin will be leading the manual annotation of the genome. I will help in coordinating the community.
If you are interested in participating in the manual annotation of the L. decemlineata, please contact me and I will send you directions on how to participate. The genomic resources have been posted here.
Chase Stratton just started in the lab. He worked on the effects of planting designs of non-crop habitat on parasitoid impact. At UVM, Chase is interested in studying how to disrupt specialized insect-plant interactions (like the swede midge) within agroecosystems.