Read the Fall 2017 Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management’s Newsletter! Information about upcoming events, incoming graduate students, awards and recognitions, retirements, graduations, and more! Click on the cover below to read.
This past Spring of 2017 the Western Society of Weed Science held their annual meeting. This us an annual meting of weed science specialists in order to promote the advancement of weed science students and research. During this meeting there were many poster and research presentations, as well as fellowships and scholarships awarded. BSPM really put their best foot forward in these competitions!
The following Awards were presented to these BSPM Graduate students:
The Elena Sanchez Memorial Scholarship was received by Neeta Soni.
Mirella Ortiz won first in the “Graduate student poster presentation in the Aquatics, Weeds of Horticultural Crops, and Basic Biology and Ecology” category, with her poster Absorption Rates of 2,4-D Butoxyethyl Ester and 2,4-D Amine by Eurasian Watermilfoil.
The second place winner, in the “Basic Biology and Ecology” oral presentation section, was Neeta Soni; her presentation was titled Integrated Weed Management of Winter Annual Grasses in Wheat using Harvest Weed Seed Control.
The second place winner, in the “Weeds of Agronomic Crops” oral presentation, was Curtis M. Hildebrandt; his presentation was titled Viability Assessment of Mutagenesis-derived ACCase Resistant Wheat Lines as a New System for Control of Winter Annual Grasses.
Congratulations, weed science students!
In addition to wining these honors, Curtis Hildebrandt also lent his photography talents to assist with the WSWS Spring 2017 Newsletter whose link can be found below.
Also featured in the Newsletter is an article about Derek Sebastian, a former BSPM graduate student who has joined the Vegetation Management Stewardship Team as a Graduate Scholar through Bayer Cooperation. Feel free to read about it!
Every year, the CSU Alumni Association recognizes the most outstanding CSU teachers with the Best Teacher Awards. Teachers are nominated by students and alumni and are selected by a committee of faculty, students and members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. For 7 years, Matt Camper has taught entomology in the Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management. He serves as the director for the CSU Bug Zoo, the live arthropod collection used for Extension and outreach. Matt has broad research interests around pest insect species in Colorado, including insect pests of horticultural commodity crops. He assists with insect samples that are submitted by companies and individuals from around the United States and helps identify and create management plans for their pest problems. His work is expanding to urban entomology and the Cimex species (bedbugs and relatives) pest complex.
Not only is he one of the recipients of the Best Teacher Award for 2017, but he has received numerous awards including: The Charles N. Shepardson Faculty Teaching Award from CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences; The Pi Beta Phi’s Professor/Teacher of the Month Award from Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women; and The International Education “Globie” Award from CSU’s Office of International Programs (two-time winner!).
For more information about the Best Teacher Awards, please visit the Alumni Association website.
In February, 35 graduate students were chosen to compete for the Vice President for Research Fellowship. Their goal, to completely convey the essence and most important findings of their research. Their time limit, 3 minutes. Their motivation was a $4,000 scholarship for school and travel support for their research.
14 student came away with the prestigious VPR Fellowship, as well as opportunities to participate in professional development workshops as well as mentorship, leadership, and engagement opportunities within the next year. Two of these students belong to BSPM!
Lisa Mason, VPR Fellow representing the College of Agricultural Sciences 3 Minute Presentation: “To Bee or Not to Bee: An Urban Ecology Question”
Lisa Mason achieved her undergraduate degree through CSU in Forestry Biology and Performing Arts, she currently does research in the Pollinator Lab and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Entomology. Along with being an outreach Forester for the Colorado State Forest Service, she is studying bee diversity and abundance in urban areas. She started ‘Native Bee Watch,’ an observational data citizen science program. Her intention was to look at the efficacy in citizen science for long-term pollinator monitoring and how urban areas may affect bee species diversity and abundance.
“I aspire to strengthen pollinator conservation protocols and disseminate my research findings through public education and citizen science”
Grey Monroe, VPR Fellow representing the Graduate Program in Ecology 3 Minute Presentation: “Using Nature to Nurture: Uncovering the Evolution of Drought Tolerance in Wild Plants”
Extreme climate events such as drought are among the leading causes of crop loss worldwide. As a PhD student in BSPM in the lab of John McKay, Grey investigates the biology, genetic basis, and evolution of adaptation to climate extremes in wild plants. For his three-minute thesis talk, described his recent work using remotely sensed drought frequencies to investigate the evolution of drought tolerance traits and identify drought tolerance genes in a wild plant species, Arabidopsis thaliana. This work has yielded insight into fundamental evolutionary processes and information that may be valuable for breeders working to mimic natural drought tolerance strategies in crops.
“By studying natural populations, my work aims to understand the mechanisms by which natural selection has produced plants adapted to extreme climates.”
Sarah Miller, VPR Competitor representing the Department of Bioagricultural Science and Pest Management 3 Minute Presentation: “Water & Plants: A Delicate Balance”
Sarah Miller, a Graduate candidate in Dr. Courtney Jahn’s Lab, received the USDA NIFA pre-doctoral fellowship to explore plant traits that contribute towards making plants drought tolerant, helping to further the development of water-wise crops. For her thesis challenge, she discussed her findings on how plants physically respond to water stress. Since plants cannot move in search of water, they often reduce their leaf areas under water stress to decrease the amount of water lost through evapotranspiration. However, this also means that they limit the amount of energy they can produce to live. Sarah measured the magnitude of this reduction in leaf area in the model plant, Sorghum bicolor, and found that varieties with moderate reductions in their leaf areas under water stress were better able to return to normal growth when they were watered again. These water-stressed varieties were also able to yield the same amount of grain that would be produced in a well-watered environment.
“My goal is to pursue a career in sustainable agriculture where I will teach future generations about sustainable agricultural practices.”
Theresa Barosh, VPR Competitor representing the Department of Bioagricultural Science and Pest Management 3 Minute Presentation: “A Gall is like a Hotel Room”
As a PhD candidate in Dr. Paul Ode’s lab researching biological control of Russian knapweed (Acroptilon repens), plant-insect interactions fascinate Theresa Barosh. Working with two gall-forming insects that share Russian knapweed as a host plant, Theresa addresses plant-mediated interactions in relation to weed management. Theresa works with a number of researchers, land managers, and private land owners to determine how nonnative species introductions impact ecological communities.
“I’m part of a meaningful community of people that work together and communicate with one another to develop a more full understanding of what is happening when plants invade and how we can best manage invaded communities.”
“When microbiome minds come together, there’s good conversation. When the newly formed Colorado State University Microbiome Network recently met at the One Health Institute to explore strategies around growing a thriving network, talk turned to poop pills for koala bears, crime scenes and dead bodies, tilapia farms in Honduras, and buttons declaring “put a microbiome on it.” And that’s exactly what Network coordinator Elizabeth Ryan wants.
“The Microbiome Network gives us the opportunity to share our work and resources. It gives us space and time to explore our individual work with others who are interested in what we are doing through a different lens. The collective knowledge and the sheer energy that comes from people working together is what’s most exciting to me,” he says. Bruno Sobral, One Health Institute director and part of the Network’s steering committee, envisions a thriving network community that will create collective intelligence around microbiome work and create connections among people who share interests and are exploring similar questions in different ways….”
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