Presenter: Dr. Alison Ravenscraft is an assistant professor of biology at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Did you know that most insects depend on at least one microbe for their nutrition and survival? We'll take a tour through the little known but vast and fascinating world of insect-microbe symbioses, focusing on how microbes help insects eat plants.
Dr. Alison Ravenscraft is an assistant professor of biology at the University of Texas at Arlington. She studies symbioses between insects and microbes. Her study organisms include leaf-footed bugs, butterflies and grasshoppers. Insects play important roles as consumers, pollinators, and disease vectors; the ultimate goal of Dr. Ravenscraft's research is to understand how symbiotic microbes impact these ecosystem-level processes. Dr. Ravenscraft did her PhD at Stanford University, a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona, and joined UTA as a professor in 2019.