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Special Sunday Afternoon Special Edition of Wednesday Nite @ The Lab: “Predator Insects and Wasps: Their Role and Benefits

February 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Speaker: Ben Iuliano Entomology

Description: Ben Iuliano joins us from the UW Entomology Gratton Lab to discuss wasps and other predatory insects in our gardens. In understanding these misunderstood insects, we gain a better sense of how to maximize the health of our urban ecosystems. He suggests as preparation we should check out the article in the New York Times on “Why you should plant a garden that’s wasp friendly” (They are the best organic pest control around!)

Bio: I am broadly interested in landscape agroecology, insect ecology, predator-prey interactions, and the political economy of agriculture. My dissertation work will investigate how the spatio-temporal continuity of prey resources in the landscape affect predator population dynamics and biological control services, using ladybird beetles as a model system. I also hope to incorporate social science methods to relate these landscape dynamics to stakeholder decision-making and farm policy.

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WN@TL begins at 7:00pm Central.

You can also watch the web stream at the WN@TL YouTube channel.

Here are the components of the WN@TL User’s Guide

1. The live WN@TL seminar, every Wednesday night, 50 times a year, at 7pm CT in Room 1111 Genetics Biotech Center and on Zoom at go.wisc.edu/240r59 

2. The WN@TL YouTube channel

3. WN@TL on the University Place broadcast channel of PBS Wisconsin 

4. WN@TL on the University Place website 


February 5
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
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