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June 20, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Evolutionary Ecology of Interactions (Online)

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What we know about the nature of plant-pollinator interactions, and how this drives their evolution is the foundation of many of the management decisions and recommendations given to protect pollinators and biodiversity. Travel across the biology of pollination interactions and their conflicts with Anahí Espindola, PhD, from the University of Maryland. Learn about pollination’s importance to humans and ecosystems, the main forces of its evolution, and how scientists are able to transform the knowledge we have on them into applied ways to improve their conservation and survival.

This program takes place online on Tuesday, June 20, 2023.

About the Instructor:
Dr. Anahí Espíndola is from Argentina, and is a first-generation Assistant Professor at the Department of Entomology of the University of Maryland, College Park. With her research group, she studies how the environment drives the ecology and evolution of plant-pollinator interactions, using genomic, ecological, and experimental approaches. Anahí is passionate about science communication, regularly contributes to the blog of the UMExtension Home and Gardening Information Center (Maryland Grows), and is a co-creator, contributor and manager of the popular outreach blog in Spanish “Extensión en Español”. Anahí studied Biology at the National University of Córdoba (Argentina) and at the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland), where she also received her Master’s and PhD. She did two post-docs at the University of Idaho, funded by the Swiss and US National Science Foundations.

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