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** Upcoming **
Interview. Documentary: The Kingdom – How Fungi Made Our World. Produced by Smith & Nasht. Distributed by The Nature of Things (Canada), Curiosity Stream (US), Swedish TV, ZDF/ARTE (France and Germany) (March 2018) Documentary.
Invited Speaker. Harvard University MSI Chalk Talk. “Wasp Yeast Beer: Microbial wrangling with insects for industrially relevant yeasts.” Cambridge, MA (March, 2018) Academic Talk.
Invited Speaker. University of Nebraska Prather Lecture. “Translating fundamental research into commercial applications: How a wasp helped the brewing industry make better beers.” Lincoln NE (March, 2018) Academic Talk.
Speaker. The Year of the X. “The Future of the Food Microbiome.” Munich, Germany (April 2018) Technology Conference.
** Past **
Workshop Presenter. “Engaging the public in microbial discovery and technology invention.” Farm to Table Working Group, North Carolina State University. Raleigh, NC (February, 2018) Academic Talk.
Speaker. TEDx Gateway (Asia’s largest TEDx). “TBD.” Mumbai, India (February, 2018) Technology Conference.
Speaker. Taste Beyond Imagination. “New bread microorganisms from unexpected and expected locations (expanded).” Napa Valley, CA (October 2017) Industry Conference.
Keynote Speaker. Oxford University – Making Microbes Public. “Building our future microbial relationships in the age of the microbiome.” (May 2017) Anthropology Keynote.
Speaker. TED Vancouver. “Meet the microscopic life in your home… and on your face” (April 2017) Technology Conference. Watch here.
Speaker. TEDx Charlotte. “Your new favorite flavor is going to come from yeasts in insects” (October 2016) Technology Conference. Watch here.
Speaker. North Carolina Museum of Art. (October 2016) Museum Outreach.
Speaker. The Secret World Inside You. North Carolina Museum of Science. (October 2016) Museum Outreach.
Speaker. Concord-Carlisle High School (May 2016) Education Outreach.
Presenter. Natural Selections: Wake County Science and Brewers Expo., at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science (August 2016) Museum Outreach.
Presenter. Natural Selections: Wake County Science and Brewers Expo., at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science (August 2015) Museum Outreach.
Presenter. Natural Selections: Wake County Science and Brewers Expo., at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science (August 2014) Museum Outreach.
Speaker. The World Beer Festival, Raleigh, NC (April 2014) Speaker. “New Discoveries in Old Places.” Summer College in Biotechnology and Life Sciences, at North Carolina State University (July 2014) Industry Conference.
Speaker. “Small Things.” The Story Collider. The Oberon Theater, Cambridge, MA (August 2013) Education Outreach.
Workshop Presenter. “Resumes and cover letters.” for Tufts University NSF-REU students, Tufts University (August 2013) Workshop.
Speaker. Coastal Studies for Girls Science and Leadership High School (November 2011) Education Outreach.
See C.V. for complete list of past general public talks.
Continental-scale distributions of home arthropods. Oral presentation at the Sloan Microbiology of the Built Environment Workshop, Kuopio, Finland. (2015, August).
Molecular mapping of arthropods of our homes across the USA. Oral presentation at the Sloan Microbiology of the Built Environment, Boulder, CO. (2015, July).
The mycobiomes of sympatric native and invasive paper wasp species. Oral presentation at the Entomological Society of America, Eastern Branch Meeting, Lancaster, PA. (2013, March).
The mycobiomes of sympatric native and invasive paper wasp species.Oral presentation at the Entomological Society of America, Eastern Branch Meeting, Lancaster, PA. (2013, March).
A microbial jungle overhead: The bacteria and fungi associated with paper wasps. Invited talk at the Social Insect Reading Group of the School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (2013, January).
The effect of chronic stress on the avian microbiome. Poster presentation at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Francisco, CA. (2013, January).
Fungal patterns across space and species: Comparative studies of the mycobiomes of sympatric paper wasp species. Poster presentation at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Francisco, CA. (2013, January).
The effect of chronic stress on the gut bacteria of wild-caught house sparrows. Poster presentation at the 4th Biennial EcoHealth conference of the International Association for Ecology and Health, Kunming, China. (2012, October). (*Awarded honorable mention)
The microbiology of a social insect invasion: Invasive paper wasps as microbial ecosystem engineers? Poster presentation at the International Society for the Study of Social Insects, North American Section, Greensboro, NC. (2012, October).
Antimicrobial producing leaf-cutter ant symbionts isolated from paper wasp nests (Hymenoptera, Vespidae). Poster presentation at the 17th Annual Boston Bacterial Meeting, Cambridge, MA. (2012, June).
Paper wasp bacterial associates display antimicrobial activity. Oral and poster presentation a the 6th Annual Biology New England South (BioNES) Meeting), Bristol, RI. (2011, December). (*Award for best graduate student oral presentation).
Effects of heavy metal interaction, medium composition, and pH on lead and chromium resistance of bacteria isolated from heavy metal contaminated soil. American Society for Microbiology, Abstracts of the 107th Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada. (2007, May).
Characterization of lead, chromium, and antibiotic resistance in 17 bacterial strains isolated from heavy metal contaminated soil: Effects of heavy metal interaction, media composition and pH. Poster session presented at the 23rd Annual Northeastern Microbiology Conference: Phsyiology, Ecology, taxonomy (NEMPET), Blue Mt. Lake, NY. (2006, June).
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