KU Entomology scientists participated in the annual meeting of the Kansas Entomology Society and Kansas Academy Sciences on the campus of Emporia State University, April 4-5 2014. Faculty, staff, and graduate students gave oral and poster presentations on topics ranging from systematics and inventories, bioinformatics, animal behavior, to conservation. Our graduate students garnered several awards!
Congratulations to Paula Roy, "A Life History Analysis of Two Populations of Drosophila simulans” (authors: P Roy, S McRobert) and Denny Swartzlander, "mRNA Expression of Candidate Genes for a Pheromonal Difference Between Drosophila simulans and D. sechellia (Authors: D Swartzlander, JM Gleason), both in the Gleason lab, for winning 1st and 2nd place respectively in the KAS poster competition. Congratulations also to Jacob Carter (mentor: Joy Ward) for winning 1st place in the KAS oral presentation with his paper, "Phenological responses of white ash trees to the warmest year in U.S. history: highlighting the importance of common garden studies in natural areas" (Authors: Carter JM, Orive M, Marchin R, Gerhart L, Stern J, Nagel J and Ward J).
In the KES meeting, congratulations to Crystal Maier (mentor: Andrew Short) for winning 1st place in the oral presentations with her research "Unique habitat preferences of the Lutrochus laticeps-group or the Travertine beetles (Coleoptera: Lutrochidae) of North America" and Kaila Colyott (mentor: Jenny Gleason) for winning first place in the posters with her research "The effects of sensory cues on Drosophila saltans courtship and mating" (Authors: K Colyott, C Odu, JM Gleason).
The next annual meeting of the Kansas Entomological Society will be April 3-4, 2015 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Paula Roy Kaila Colyott