January WEES seminar: Dr. Graziella Iossa

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Wageningen Evolution & Ecology Seminars (WEES)

Dear All,

 We are pleased to invite you to attend January’s Wageningen Evolution & Ecology Seminars (WEES) in-person! The seminar will take place on Tuesday, January 31st, 16:00-17:00 in Orion C2030. This will be followed by drinks at The Spot!

 The associated workshop will be from 14.00-15.00 in Orion B3042. The workshop gives attendees the opportunity to meet the seminar’s speaker and have a discussion based on a topic of their expertise. Furthermore, BSc and MSc students can get 1 ECTS for attending 2 workshopsRegistration is required for this workshop and you can sign up by emailing Liana Greenberg (liana.greenberg@wur.nl)

 This will be a great event so please forward this information to anyone who could be interested! 


Seminar: Heat stress effects on insect reproduction (16:00 in Orion C2030)

Dr. Graziella Iossa
Senior Lecturer in Zoology, Department of Life Sciences, Lincoln University, UK

Insects are declining at alarming rates, and while we know that climate change is implicated, the mechanisms driving these declines are unclear. We have known for a long time that reproduction in warm-blooded animals is sensitive to heat. Emerging evidence from lab studies shows that temperature extremes cause sterility before death in fruit flies and beetles. In this talk, I will explore whether extreme thermal sensitivity of (especially male) fertility affects insect population viability in nature. I will then explore how an often-neglected life stage, the egg stage, is a critical component for understanding how insect will respond to climate change.


Workshop: Work-life balance and other challenges in academia (14:00 in Orion B3042)

Work-life balance is a difficult art to master in academia. In this workshop, I will offer my experience of taking a career break, making a career change, and mentoring women who are returning to science. There will be an opportunity to discuss common challenges women face when navigating an academic career. 



About WEES:

WEES is an initiative of PhD students and postdocs at Wageningen University to organize a continuing series of stimulating seminars on contemporary topics in evolution and ecology. For this series we invite researchers from all over the world who have leading roles in their field. We aim to bring together different groups at Wageningen University using a variety of systems, but with a common interest in evolutionary and ecological questions. WEES is funded by graduate schools PE&RC, WIMEK, EPS, VLAG, and WIAS.

Want to organize seminars yourself? Join WEES!

WEES is looking for new members! We aim for a broad and diverse range in topics and would like to welcome new members to help and include topics not represented yet. If you are curious, send an email to weeswageningen@gmail.com and join one of our meetings.

For more information, please visit our website weeswageningen.nl.