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Plant-Herbivore Interaction (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Investigating How Plants and Herbivores Interact on Multiple Scales


February 11-12, 2017


Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express
Ventura, CA


Paul A. Lenhart & Meredith Schuman

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Plant-Herbivore Interaction is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

Our inaugural GRS will cover a wide range of topics, reflecting the diversity of the field, while simultaneously focusing on issues of scale. Plants and their consumers interact at a mind-boggling array of scales, from molecular warfare occurring on the underside of a leaf to continent-wide invasions and species radiations playing out over millions of years. Investigators in this arena are uniquely placed to answer integrative questions that address both basic concepts and emergent properties in biology. This GRS will provide the next generation of plant-herbivore biologists with an intimate meeting to present and discuss new findings and future directions of the field with their peers. Mentors at different stages of their scientific careers will also be on hand to provide feedback and guidance.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Plant-Herbivore Interaction" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmPlant-Herbivore-Microbe Interactions: The Influence of Microscopic Players at Macroscopic Scales
Discussion Leader: Christian Ristok (German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Germany)
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmFranziska Eberl (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany)
"Poplar-Herbivore-Pathogen Interaction: Herbivores Take Advantage of Infected Host Plants"
4:00 pm - 4:05 pmDiscussion
4:05 pm - 4:20 pmAdrienne Godschalx (Portland State University, USA)
"Testing Carbon Sink Effects of Rhizobia Symbiosis on Primary and Secondary Plant Chemistry"
4:20 pm - 4:25 pmDiscussion
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmGeneral Discussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmPhysiological Mechanisms of Plant-Herbivore Interactions and Their Ecological Consequences
Discussion Leader: Loren Rivera Vega (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmPhillipa Beale (Australian National University, Australia)
"Hot Lunches for Herbivores: Interaction of Diet and Thermoregulation in Herbivorous Mammals"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmCarrie Deans (Texas A&M University, USA)
"The Importance of Nutritional Plasticity in Plant-Insect Interactions: A Case Study with the Polyphagous Pest Helicoverpa zea"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmCarmen Blubaugh (Washington State University, USA)
"Competing Herbivores Disrupt Parasitoid Host-Location Cues and Constrain Top-Down Pressure in the Field"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmKaren Kloth (Umea Plant Science Centre, Umea University, Sweden)
"On the Verge of a Hot, Juicy Dinner: A Heat-Inducible Phloem Protein that Compromises Aphid Feeding"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amPlant-Herbivore Interactions Across Deep Time and Changing Environments
Discussion Leader: Kate Augustine (University of North Carolina, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amMaria Endara (University of Utah, USA)
"Herbivores and Plants: Coevolutionary Arms Race or Evolutionary Defense Chase?"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amAndrew Gloss (University of Arizona, USA)
"Does Oligophagy Maintain Adaptive Genomic Variation Within Herbivorous Insect Populations?"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amTania Jogesh (Chicago Botanic Garden, USA)
"Herbivory and the Diversification of Floral Scent in Evening Primroses (Onagraceae)"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amAapo Kahilainen (University of Helsinki, Finland)
"Indirect Effects of Drought on the Development of the Glanville Fritillary Butterfly (Melitaea cinxia)"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Exploring the Broader Impacts of Plant-Herbivore Interactions for Human Society
Discussion Leader: Nora Adam (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"The Future of Plant-Herbivore Interaction Based Careers"
  • Christopher Frost (University of Louisville, USA)
  • Kwang Pum Lee (Seoul National University, South Korea)
  • Jennifer Thaler (Cornell University, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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