Women in Entomology: Meet the Superheroes of Insect Science

Women in Entomology: Meet the Superheroes of Insect Science
October 20, 7 p.m. ET

The women of the Cornell University Insect Collection are doing justice to six-legged creatures around the world. Dr. Corrie Moreau leads a team of enthusiastic entomologists who study all facets of ant ecology and evolution. These women study everything from ant gut bacteria to insect genomics to how urban ecosystems help insects thrive! Join us as host Nancy Scales-Coddington asks about their journey to becoming entomologists and ask your own questions about their experiences. They will share how insects play a crucial role in ecosystems and are disappearing at an alarming rate. Find out how you can help them at this virtual event.

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Dr. Corrie Moreau is the Martha N. and John C. Moser Professor of Arthropods Biosystematics and Biodiversity at Cornell University in the Departments of Entomology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in Ithaca, New York, USA. She is also the Sayingctor and chief curator of the Cornell University insect collection with over 7 million specimens. Dr. Moreau’s research on the evolution and diversification of ants and their symbiotic bacteria combines field research with molecular and genomic tools to address the origin of species and how co-evolved systems benefit both. partners. Additionally, she pursues questions about the role of biogeography, trait evolution, and symbiosis in shaping macroevolutionary processes to better understand the evolutionary patterns of large-scale life. She has published more than 100 scientific articles. In addition to her passion for scientific research, Dr. Moreau is also engaged in efforts to promote science communication and increase diversity in science. Twitter: @CorrieMoreau

Megan Barkdull holds a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, where her research focuses on evolution and development complex traits in social insects. Basically, it seeks to understand how the genes of ants produce traits related to sociality, such as the division of labor within ant colonies. Megan is also passionate about using natural history collections to advance scientific research and connect with the public. Twitter: @meganbarkdull_

Sylvana Ross is a new doctoral student at Cornell University in the Department of Entomology where she focuses on how urban environments influence the dynamics of variation, selection and diversification of a species’ traits. His areas of research include the study of genetic variation between urban and natural ant populations to provide insight into the role that human-induced environmental changes have on a species’ phenotypes and genotypes. Sylvana has worked as a K-12 science educator for the past four years and hopes to continue her outreach work with students of color to help them find belonging in their passions. Its goal is to help instill empathy for the natural world and fight for racial and environmental justice within our urban communities. Twitter: @sylvii_ro

Nancy Scales-Coddington is an award-winning animator and executive producer at WSKG Public Media, local New York Southern Tier NPR and PBS affiliate. She has a background in environmental science, biology, science communication and is an advocate for women in STEM. She has taught science communication at Cornell University, the Tropical Studies Organization, and Binghamton University. Nancy pushes digital boundaries by sharing science stories. Twitter: @NancyCoddington

Check out the online exhibit featuring insects from Cornell University’s insect collection on display at the Earth Museum in Ithaca, NY.

This event will be broadcast live on October 20, 2022

Visit Cornell University Insect Collection on YouTube.

This show is sponsored by the Cornell University Entomology Collection, Paleontological Research Institution and its Earth Museum, National Girls Collaborative Project and WSKG Public Media.