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Dr. Robin Verble, associate professor of biological sciences, will present a lecture titled “Sweating the Small Stuff: Understanding how insects survive wildland fires” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the Public House Brewing Co., located at 600 N. Rolla St. in Rolla.
The abstract is as follows: Insect communities change with the presence and intensity of wildland fire, but the behavioral and physiological mechanisms that underlie survival by some insects, but not others, during wildland fires are poorly understood. This talk will examine the thermal physiology of ants, mechanisms regulating interspecific variations in thermal physiology, wildland fire heating patterns and factors influencing small-scale variations in fire intensity.