Friday, June 5 in the Gathering Room, upstairs at the Upper Valley Food Co-op
What’s the Buzz?!?! Upper Valley Food Co-op has the opportunity to team with Dartmouth Graduate Students in offering a forum to discuss various research topics. These students will share their expertise and offer the diverse Upper Valley Community a chance to reflect and exchange understanding. Students hope to better appreciate impacts their research threads may lead to.
Join Dartmouth Grad student, Jacob Heiling, who will be talking about Mutualisms in Nature.
Species interactions occur on a continuum
Cooperation is an emergent property of interactions between "self-interested" partners
Cooperative interactions (or "mutualisms") can be thought of as barter transactions between species
What happens when one partner "cheats"? Are there sanctions against this?
Jacob Heiling is a first year PhD student in the Biology program at Dartmouth College. He is currently interested in the dynamics of cooperative species interactions. Heiling's focus is the cost-benefit balance in plant-animal interactions— specifically, he is intrested in understanding how animals direct trait evolution in their plant partners, how plant traits in turn direct animal behavior, and the importance of cheating in cooperative.
In his thesis work, he will address the questions: How do plants balance the benefits of pollination against the cost of providing nutritional rewards to pollinators? What roles do pollen secondary compounds play in plant reproduction and plant-pollinator interactions? & How do pollen secondary compounds influence patterns of pollen use by bumble bees?
5:30pm, upstairs in the Co-op’s Gathering Room
This is a FREE forum. Coffee & Tea provided!