Science Café: What are microbial life history strategies?  (Virtual Event)

September 20, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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What are microbial life history strategies?  

Microbes, like plants and animals, are exposed to different environments. Some environments have lots of resources, but many environments are stressful (lack resources and/or contain enemies or competitors). Plant and animal life history choices in response to environmental variation have been well studied. Interest is growing in microbial life history choices or strategies, but most work has simply applied frameworks from other organisms (e.g., plants) and failed to find that microbes behaved following these frameworks. My lab is observing microbes and developing a new framework for understanding microbial life history strategies. Here I will discuss our current thinking and invite comment. 

About our Speaker:   

Alison Bennett, OSU Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology  

Research in my lab focuses on both basic and applied research on plant-soil and plant-microbe interactions. Research in the group is focused on three primary areas of research: microbial traits, plant-microbe-insect multi-species interactions, and evolution within microbiomes. We take a multi-disciplinary approach to these questions applying evolutionary ecology, metabolomics, and genomics. 

Note: This year, we’ve added an additional Science Café each month at a new time on the third Wednesdays! 

 Upcoming Science Cafés for Autumn 2023:

  • October 4th: 7pm-8pm Zoom Event: TBD
  • October 18th11am-12pm Zoom Event: TBD
  • November 1st: 7pm-8pm HYBRID Event (Zoom + Thompson Library Room 150): TBD
  • November 15th: 11am-12pm - HYBRID Event (Zoom + Thompson Library Room 150): TBD

Registration for the Zoom Science Cafés is required.


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