Please mark your calendars for the 2016-2017 Bessey Lecture.
Judie Bronstein, University of Arizona
Mutualism: What Do We Know, and Where Do We Go From Here
Refreshments served at 6:30 outside Lush Auditorium
The Bessey Lecture honors Charles E. Bessey (1845-1915), a distinguished botanist and faculty member at Iowa State University who made major contributions in phylogenetics, conservation, and agricultural extension.
Abstract: In this talk, I review the checkered history of the study of mutualism (cooperative interactions between species), a field that has only coalesced in the past twenty years. I will identify six major research directions, then present our own recent work on hawkmoth-plant relationships to show how they can be integrated to move our understanding forward. I conclude by discussing pressing issues surrounding mutualism that are likely to drive the field in the coming years.