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Did you know that most insects depend on at least one microbe for their nutrition and survival? Dr. Alison Ravenscraft will lead ACC on a tour through the little known but vast and fascinating world of insect-microbe symbioses, focusing on how microbes help insects eat plants. She will discuss examples that involve native plants and insects you've probably seen in your backyard. You'll never see a bug the same way again!
Dr. Ravenscraft is a biology assistant professor at UTA. She studies symbioses between microbes and insects like leaf-footed bugs, butterflies, and grasshoppers. Insects play an important role as consumers, pollinators, and disease vectors. Dr. Ravenscraft's research seeks to reveal how symbiotic microbes impact these ecosystem-level processes. Dr. Ravenscraft did her PhD at Stanford University and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona. She joined UTA in 2019.