Wednesday, January 4
4 - 5 PM
the cultural importance of spiders
codey mathis, graduate student, department of entomology, Penn state university
My PhD research focuses on critically assessing existing tools used to monitor and predict insect biodiversity. I am working collaboratively with computer engineers at Penn State to create a novel computer vision approach to monitoring insect biodiversity that harnesses cutting edge AI technologies and informed hardware design. Titled InsectEye, this project is a finalist of the 2021 Nittany AI Challenge. Additionally, I am researching the predictability of plant-pollinator networks and describing how the plant-pollinator network in a newly restored or established area changes over time. Knowing this would help us understand how habitat restoration could impact existing or novel plant-pollinator networks, even helping us to make more informed management decisions of what could be planted. This research is taking place in the newly planted Pollinator and Bird Garden at the Arboretum at Penn State. .
Thursday, January 19
12 - 1 PM
veggies on trial: you be the judge
ed brown, extension educator, athens county, The Ohio State University
Ed comes to Athens County after 9 years as an Agricultural Educator in Arkansas. His background is in livestock production, forages, home/commercial horticulture, forestry and other areas. If you have a need for information and Ed doesn't know the information he will work with other educators to make sure you receive excactly what you need to know. Ed is originally from Athens County, growing up in the Amesville area where he attended Amesville Elementary before moving out of state.