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Walter Leal: Lighting the Way and Sparking the Fire of Knowledge

UC Davis chemical ecologist Walter Leal, distinguished professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, has just been named recipient of the UC Davis Academic Senate's Distinguished Teaching Award for Undergraduate Students. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"I don't teach because I have to; I teach because it is a joy to light the way and to spark the fire of knowledge." So says noted chemical ecologist Walter Leal, newly...

UC Davis chemical ecologist Walter Leal, distinguished professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, has just been named recipient of the UC Davis Academic Senate's Distinguished Teaching Award for Undergraduate Students. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis chemical ecologist Walter Leal, distinguished professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, has just been named recipient of the UC Davis Academic Senate's Distinguished Teaching Award for Undergraduate Students. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis chemical ecologist Walter Leal, distinguished professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, has just been named recipient of the UC Davis Academic Senate's Distinguished Teaching Award for Undergraduate Students. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 3:29 PM

Mercedes Burns: Evolutionary Biology of Sex and Sexual Conflict of Harvesters

Harvesters or daddy-long legs mating. (Photo courtesy of Mercedes Burns Lab)

Evolutionary biologist Mercedes Burns of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, should draw a large crowd when she discusses her research on the evolutionary biology...

Harvesters or daddy-long legs mating. (Photo courtesy of Mercedes Burns Lab)
Harvesters or daddy-long legs mating. (Photo courtesy of Mercedes Burns Lab)

Harvesters or daddy-long legs mating. (Photo courtesy of Mercedes Burns Lab)

Harvestman collected in Japan. (Photo by Mercedes Burns)
Harvestman collected in Japan. (Photo by Mercedes Burns)

Harvestman collected in Japan. (Photo by Mercedes Burns)

Mercedes Burns on collecting trip in Japan.
Mercedes Burns on collecting trip in Japan.

Mercedes Burns on collecting trip in Japan.

UC Davis Symposium to Address Insect Decline: 'Saving a Bug's Life'

The Western bumble bee, Bombus occidentalis, is a candidate to be listed under the Endangered Species Act. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A unique UC Davis symposium on "Saving a Bug's Life: Legal Solutions to Combat Insect Biodiversity Decline and the Sixth Mass Extinction" will bring together law and...

The Western bumble bee, Bombus occidentalis, is a candidate to be listed under the Endangered Species Act. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Western bumble bee, Bombus occidentalis, is a candidate to be listed under the Endangered Species Act. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Western bumble bee, Bombus occidentalis, is a candidate to be listed under the Endangered Species Act. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Diversity of Bugs at Bohart Museum of Entomology

Butterflies from Belize are part of the global collection at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. They are (far right) Blue Morpho, Morpho helenor montezuma; (top left), a leaf mimic, Fountainea eurypyle confusa; and blue hairstreak, Pseudolycaena damao, according to entomologist Jeff Smith, who curates the Lepidoptera section. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If diversity is the spark of life, then the Bohart Museum of Entomology is fueling that spark into a full flame. The Bohart Museum, home of nearly eight million insect...

Butterflies from Belize are part of the global collection at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. They are (far right) Blue Morpho, Morpho helenor montezuma; (top left), a leaf mimic, Fountainea eurypyle confusa; and blue hairstreak, Pseudolycaena damao, according to entomologist Jeff Smith, who curates the Lepidoptera section. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Butterflies from Belize are part of the global collection at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. They are (far right) Blue Morpho, Morpho helenor montezuma; (top left), a leaf mimic, Fountainea eurypyle confusa; and blue hairstreak, Pseudolycaena damao, according to entomologist Jeff Smith, who curates the Lepidoptera section. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterflies from Belize are part of the global collection at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. They are (far right) Blue Morpho, Morpho helenor montezuma; (top left), a leaf mimic, Fountainea eurypyle confusa; and blue hairstreak, Pseudolycaena damao, according to entomologist Jeff Smith, who curates the Lepidoptera section. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is part of the beetle collection at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This is part of the beetle collection at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is part of the beetle collection at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An Australian stick insect (walking stick) at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An Australian stick insect (walking stick) at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An Australian stick insect (walking stick) at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Why Diversity Reigns Supreme at the UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day

Ready for UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day are scientists (from left) Ivana Li, biology lab manager; Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology; Steve Heydon, Bohart Museum senior museum scientist; Lacie Newton, doctoral student, Jason Bond lab; Brennen Dyer, lab assistant, Bohart Museum; and Rebecca Godwin, doctoral candidate, Jason Bond lab. In front is Juniper, Ivana Li's dog. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Diversity will reign supreme at the UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day on Saturday, Feb. 15, when 13 museums or collections will be open to the public. The event, set from 9...

Ready for UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day are scientists (from left) Ivana Li, biology lab manager; Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology; Steve Heydon, Bohart Museum senior museum scientist; Lacie Newton, doctoral student, Jason Bond lab; Brennen Dyer, lab assistant, Bohart Museum; and Rebecca Godwin, doctoral candidate, Jason Bond lab. In front is Juniper, Ivana Li's dog. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ready for UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day are scientists (from left) Ivana Li, biology lab manager; Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology; Steve Heydon, Bohart Museum senior museum scientist; Lacie Newton, doctoral student, Jason Bond lab; Brennen Dyer, lab assistant, Bohart Museum; and Rebecca Godwin, doctoral candidate, Jason Bond lab. In front is Juniper, Ivana Li's dog. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ready for UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day are scientists (from left) Ivana Li, biology lab manager; Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology; Steve Heydon, Bohart Museum senior museum scientist; Lacie Newton, doctoral student, Jason Bond lab; Brennen Dyer, lab assistant, Bohart Museum; and Rebecca Godwin, doctoral candidate, Jason Bond lab. In front is Juniper, Ivana Li's dog. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

All aboard! The t-shirt design, by Ivana Li, shows organisms that visitors will see at the UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day on Feb. 15. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
All aboard! The t-shirt design, by Ivana Li, shows organisms that visitors will see at the UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day on Feb. 15. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

All aboard! The t-shirt design, by Ivana Li, shows organisms that visitors will see at the UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day on Feb. 15. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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