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The Diversity in Biology Speaker Series: Squash Bees, Crop Cultivation and Climate Adaptation
April 21 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pmFree
The Diversity in Biology Speaker Series invites you to attend a talk with Dr. Margarita Lopez-Uribe.
The expansion of agriculture has shaped biodiversity across the planet in profound ways. In this talk, Dr. Lopez-Uribe will present data combining information from genetic markers, species distributions and thermal tolerance—demonstrating the demographic history and ecology of a specialist squash pollinator have been shaped by the expansion of agriculture.
This system presents a case study of pollinator adaptation and resilience to anthropogenic changes.
About the Speaker
Dr. Margarita Lopez-Uribe is the Lorenzo L. Langstroth Early Career and Assistant Professor of Entomology at Penn State University. She is also an extension specialist in pollinator health for Penn State Extension. Dr. Lopez-Uribe received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), her Master of Science in Genetics and Evolution from Universidade Federal de São Carlos (Brazil) and her PhD in Entomology from Cornell University (USA). She was an National Science Foundation (NSF) postdoctoral research fellow at North Carolina State University before joining Penn State. Margarita was awarded the ESA Early Career Research Award in 2018, and most recently, a NSF CAREER award.