Seminar Plus: CIPM seminar series

April 14, 2022. Dr. Danesha Seth Carley. Plan, Plant, and Maintain Beautiful Pollinator Gardens in the South. (View Recorded Presentation)

Dr. Danesha Seth Carley is the Director of the NSF Center for Integrated Pest Management, Director of the Center of Excellence for Regulatory Science in Agriculture, and Associate Professor in the Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University. Her research, academic, and outreach programs focus on Sustainable Managed Landscapes. Her focus is primarily on insect pollinator habitat conservation, how landscapes (gardens, public green space, etc.) can contribute to pollinator protection.

Abstract:  Interested in learning more about how you can help protect pollinators? Do you like to garden, or are you interested in getting more involved in gardening, ESPECIALLY if it can help save bees and butterflies? Would you like to learn more about garden design and how to add plants to your landscape that are bee-friendly? Are you ready for a relaxed and fun presentation that covers all this AND MORE? If you answered yes to any of these questions, plan to tune into my presentation on protecting and promoting pollinators in your landscape.

March 10, 2022. Dr. Bailian Li. NC State University’s Global Engagement and support to address Global Challenges and UN Sustainable Development Goals. (View Recorded Presentation)

Dr. Bailian Li is the Senior Vice Provost for the Office of Global Engagement at NC State. The Office of Global Engagement provides institutional leadership to promote Global Learning for All by providing students, faculty, staff and the communities we serve with the strategic partnerships, global knowledge, cultural understanding, skills and hands-on experiences needed to empower the next generation of global leaders. This presentation will provide an overview of NC State University’s global engagement programs, resources and support to the campus communities to address global challenges and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

February 10, 2022. Dr. Gavin Poole. You want me to research WHAT?!?

Dr. Gavin Poole is the perfect example of “straying away from your degree”. After earning a PhD in Poultry Science from the University of GA, he entered the private sector, working with small engineering firms making high tech sensors. These companies not only worked for the food and agricultural industries, but also for other entities such as NASA, the FBI, and the medical field. He then went to the USDA to work on “fringe” projects for plant pathologist and epidemiologist, Dr. Tim Gottwald, with their most successful program being the training of dogs to detect diseases in the citrus field. After Dr. Gottwald’s retirement, Dr. Poole joined NCSU and has continued his work with the canine projects, expanding it out of citrus and into other agricultural commodities. (contact:

Abstract:  A brief look at the more unusual areas of research that Dr. Poole found himself doing after finishing his PhD program – from entomology, to engineering, and finally ending up with a review of the use of canines to detect disease in the field, and how the introduction of a sensor that is significantly better than the industry standard can be problematic.

January 20, 2022. Dr. Glenn Fowler, Dr. Yu Takeuchi. Initiatives to Address the Increasing Risk to Plant Health from Plant Pests Due to Climate Change. (View Recorded Presentation)

Dr. Glenn Fowler is a risk analyst at USDA APHIS PPQ PPRA and has written numerous plant pest risk assessments and conducted geospatial analyses. Dr. Yu Takeuchi focuses on the analytic tools that PPRA and NCSU Center for Integrated Pest Management (CIPM) are developing to help understand potential climate change impacts on plant pests. She is a senior research scholar at NCSU CIPM and has a background in geospatial analytics and forest entomology.

Abstract:  Climate change could significantly increase the risks to plant health from plant pests. Dr. Fowler will be discussing these risks and some initiatives being conducted by the USDA, the North American Plant Protection Organization, and the International Plant Protection Convention to address them. To address these risks, PPQ PPRA (Plant Pest Risk Analysis) and the NCSU CIPM are developing tools within the Spatial Analytic Framework for Advanced Risk Information Systems (SAFARIS) to help understand potential climate change impacts on plant pests. Dr. Takeuchi will be discussing the development of these tools and how they can be used to assess climate change effects on plant pest phenology and geographic distribution.