MPHM Monday Night Webinar Series

Autumn 2021

Monday evenings, 8-9 pm EST via Zoom
Andy Michel (, Seminar coordinator
MPHM webinars are open to all interested.  Contact: for Zoom link

August 30, 2021 - Drs. Andy Michel (OSU Entomology); Monica Lewandowski and Chris Taylor (OSU Plant Pathology).  MPHM Program intros, semester deadlines.

Sept. 6: Labor day. No seminar.

Sept. 13: Dr. Andy Michel, Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Entomology, Ohio State. Breeding for Plant resistance (2 recordings available in MPHM One-Drive folder)

Sept. 20: Dr. Kelly Tilmon, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, Ohio State.  Live speaker presentation.

Sept. 27: Dr. Mary Gardiner, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, Ohio State. How to prepare scientific presentations (recording from Spring 2021, on MPHM One-Drive folder)

Oct. 4: Dr. Leo Taylor, CFAES Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Live speaker.  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: What the Hype?

Oct. 11: Dr. Daniel Herms, Vice President of Research and Development, Davey Tree. Live speaker. Professional Opportunities at The Davey Tree Expert Company 

Oct. 18: Dr. Mimi Rose, Director, Pesticide Safety Education Program. Live speaker. Pesticide Certification and Training in Ohio and Why It’s Important

Oct. 25: Dr. Steve Culman, Associate Professor and State Specialist of Soil Fertility, School of Environment and Natural Resources, Ohio State. Live speaker. On-farm research to improve soil fertility in Ohio.

November 1: Dr. Greg LaBarge, Professor, Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems Department of Extension. Live speaker.  Water Quality and Agriculture-Today’s Resource Concerns

November 8: MPHM Student Presentation (Jordan Olinger) Live speaker.

November 15: Enrico Bonello, Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, and Andy Michel.  Artificial intelligence or artificial stupidity? Machine learning in forest and agricultural crop health in the 21st century

November 22:  TBD

November 29: Reserved for MPHM student presentations.

December 6: Class wrap up - MPHM online information session, open for questions (last day of classes) – Live speaker. Dr. Monica Lewandowski


Spring 2021

Monday evenings, 8-9 pm EST via Zoom
Monica Lewandowski (, Seminar coordinator

Jan 25, 2021 – Anna Testen, USDA Research Plant Pathologist, Wooster.  Developing practical plant health solutions for growers globally- Anna's career path in plant pathology.  She will also highlight key research findings and important lessons she's learned along the way.

Feb 1 Ellen Klinger, Department of Entomology, Ohio State

Feb 8 Florian Diekmann, CFAES Librarian, Ohio State

Feb 15 - Brian Pace, Department of Plant Pathology, Ohio State (the emerging field of psychedelic science)

Feb 22 – Timothy Frey, Department of Plant Pathology, Ohio State (nature inspired; galls)

March 1 - Soledad Benitez Ponce, Department of Plant Pathology, Ohio State (microbiome)

March 8  - Mary Gardiner, Department of Entomology, Ohio State (how to prepare a scientific presentation)

March 15  Rachel Bienemann, MPHM project webinar. Susceptibility of Natural Enemies to Insecticides in Controlled Environments

March 22  MPHM project, Michael Rizzi. Managing Pest Insects in Ohio for Gardeners and Homeowners

March 29 MPHM project, Nora Durham, Integrated Pest Management of Western Flower Thrips  (Frankliniella occidentalis) in Hydroponic Strawberries

April 5 MPHM project, Brenna Scheiderer. Surveying Oleander Aphids on Milkweed

April 12 - Summer/Autumn class updates, Monica Lewandowski

April 19 MPHM projects, Caroline Georskey, Use of NIR Spectroscopy in Early Detection of Beech Leaf Disease
Amanda Rutan, Powdery Mildew on Hemp

April 26  Renato Zardo, MPHM Project
Jessica Wheeler, MPHM project, Sentinel Planting Identification of Tree Pathogens


Autumn 2020

Monday evenings, 8-9 pm EST via Zoom
Celeste Welty, seminar coordinator

Contact for Zoom link: or 

Aug. 31, 2020
Celeste Welty, Ohio State Department of Entomology and Monica Lewandowski, Ohio State Department of Plant Pathology
Program news for continuing and new students

Sept. 7 - Labor Day holiday, no seminar

Sept. 14, 2020
Danae Wolfe, OSU Extension
A Closer Look: Macro Photography of Insects and Diseases (

Sept. 21, 2020
David Shetlar, Ohio State Department of Entomology
What is it? The Other Side of Forensic Entomology

Sept. 28, 2020
Joe Boggs, OSU Extension
Perception versus Reality: Which Tree Pests Matter?

Oct. 5, 2020
Jim Jasinski, OSU Extension
Using IPM as a stepping stone to a career in land-grant academia

Oct. 12, 2020
Aaron Wilson
Climate Change and its Impacts on Pests

Oct. 19, 2020
David Snodgrass, Ohio State Biological Sciences Greenhouse
Greenhouse IPM: Basic Techniques and Career Opportunities

Oct, 26, 2020
Esther Kibbe, MPHM student, project practice seminar
Spotted-wing Drosophila control with a new organic insecticide

Nov. 2, 2020
Taylor deGier, MPHM student, project practice seminar
A survey of spotted cucumber beetle activity in dahlias, its parasitoid, and effectiveness of clove bud essential oil as a lure

Nov. 9, 2020
Michael Goard, MPHM student, project practice seminar
Apple Pest Monitoring: Orchard vs. Backyard IPM

Nov. 16, 2020
Jessica Burns, MPHM student, project practice seminar
Ohio Commercial Pesticide Applicator Survey

Nov. 23, 2020
Susan Ndaiye, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Opportunities for IPM in developing countries

Nov., 30, 2020
Doug Doohan, Ohio State Department of Horticulture and Crop Science
Risk management and issues with transgenic crops