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Speaker: The International Bread Symposium. “New bread microorganisms from unexpected and expected locations.” Charlotte, NC
Keynote Speaker. Oxford University. “Building our future microbial relationships in the age of the microbiome.” (May – 2017)
Speaker. TED Vancouver. “Microbial Solutions to Human Problems” (April – 2017)
Speaker. TEDx Charlotte. “The Future of Flavor” (October – 2016)
Speaker. North Carolina Museum of Art. (October – 2016)
Speaker. The Secret World Inside You. North Carolina Museum of Science. (October – 2016)
Videocast Interview. Tools of Science. (October – 2016)
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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