Dr. Tom Daniel
University of Washington
"Synergies and conflicts in plant-pollinator interactions"
Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 4:00 P.M.
Charles G. Miller Auditorium
The recent explosive evolutionary diversification of flowering plants traditionally is attributed to the coevolution of plants and their animal pollinators. The physical details of this interaction offer insight into both synergistic and conflicting interests of parties. We use a combination 3D printing, robotics, with biomechanical, sensory, and behavioral studies to explore the mechanisms that give rise to pollinator success. We find that pollinators use multiple sensory cues to effectively feed from flowers and that the flower shape plays a critical role in the capacity of pollinators to exploit nectar resources.
Coffee and cookies will be served in the atrium outside the auditorium beginning at 3:30 p.m.