Feb 072017

533rd Monthly Meeting

February 17th, 2017

Yale University


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  • 7:30pm, Yale University
  • Environmental Science Center, Room 110, 21 Sachem St, New Haven CT 06511 (map)
  • Parking in Lot 16 (behind the Peabody Museum) may be closed due to construction 
  • Free parking is available in the Peabody Museum Visitor Parking Lot, located next to 221 Whitney Avenue (Yale Lot 41)


  • 6:30pm, Pizza will be provided in Room 110 – Environmental Science Center
  • A donation of $5 per person will be appreciated


Speaker: Dr. Richard Casagrande, University of Rhode Island

Title: “But What About the Cane Toad?” A discussion about opportunities, limitations, and misconceptions of modern Classical Biological Control.

Abstract: Harebrained attempts at biological control, evolving ecological awareness, and regulatory gridlock combine to make life interesting for current biocontrol scientists. We’ll discuss these issues and the influence of a century’s mistakes and successes on our current biocontrol programs, focusing on lily leaf beetle, swallow-worts and Phragmites australis.

Bio: After completing his MS and PhD degrees in entomology at Michigan State, Dr. Casagrande joined the faculty at URI in 1976 where he continues to enjoy a 3-way appointment.  His teaching has included IPM, biocontrol, and cultural entomology. He also serves as IPM Coordinator for the state and directs the biocontrol research and outreach program.  He authored and chaired the Northeast regional biocontrol project (presently NE1332) and worked on several biocontrol projects, most notably birch leafminer, hemlock adelgid, lily leaf beetle, swallow-wort, and Phragmites australis. He was honored by the Entomology Society for his work in IPM in 2000, given the L.O. Howard Distinguished Achievement Award in 2014 and most importantly – garnered several awards for catching large striped bass, bluefish, and flounder over the years.

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