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Emily Meineke, August 23

Please join the department of Biology in welcoming Dr. Emily Meineke, Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of California, Davis, for her talk entitled, "Herbivory through the ages: Harnessing herbarium specimens to investigate plant-insect interactions." The talk will be held via Zoom on August 23, 2021 at 4pm EST. For access to the Zoom information, please contact Becca Rohn at (304)293-5201 or at rjrohn@mail.wvu.edu.

More on the talk:

Insect herbivory has given rise to most of Earth’s macroscopic diversity. Despite large impacts of insect herbivory in managed and natural ecosystems, and emerging evidence of the effects of global change on herbivory, our grasp of current and historical patterns of plant-insect interactions are limited by a lack of data across space, time, and phylogeny. Herbarium specimens collected over the past approximately 300 years display signatures of insect herbivore feeding on leaves that can be variously tracked to insect clades. This presentation will focus on the extraction of plant-insect interactions data from herbarium specimens, addressing potential biases in these data and their power for informing biotic responses to global change. 

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