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Mar. 7: Cesar Nufio (University of Colorado)

Monday, March 7, 2016
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Storrs Campus
BPB 130

Special Seminar: "Grasshoppers of the southern rocky mountains: model organisms for understanding the impacts of climate change on communities, species, and populations."

Synopsis: Nearly 50 years ago Gordon Alexander conducted an extensive survey and collection of grasshoppers found along an elevational gradient in the southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado. César will explore the utility of using Alexander’s field notebooks and specimens coupled with a new resurvey program, an extensive climate record and a series of experiments to measure the effects of climate change on grasshopper communities, species and populations. His studies show that grasshopper advancements in phenology can be tied directly to accumulated heat energy and to their thermal biology and degrees of local adaptations. Finally, he and his collaborators show that grasshoppers and plants may be differentially impacted by current warming patterns. César Nufio received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He received his PhD at the University of Arizona, Tucson in the Interdisciplinary Program in Insect Sciences, studying the behavioral ecology of boxing flies. César is currently a research associate and adjoint curator at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. His work combines museum collections, previous surveys and field and lab experiments to explore how life history traits, local adaption and thermal biology can help explain current and future responses by insects to environmental change.

Contact:

David Wagner, david.wagner@uconn.edu

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (primary), UConn Master Calendar

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