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2024 HCCE Symposium at Lake Tahoe

The Hitchcock Center for Chemical-Ecology at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) was founded in 2011 with a specific focus on investigating how organisms interact with their surroundings. This includes studying the chemical signals and cues that are essential in these interactions. The center organizes a symposium at Lake Tahoe that brings together professionals and interested parties in the field of chemical-ecology to exchange ideas on relevant current and future research topics in this field and other related areas.

Coming Soon

The schedule will be published soon. 

May 28th, 2024-May 31st, 2024

Thursday, June 8th, 2023


Arrive and Check-in UNR @ Tahoe




Opening Remarks

State of the Hitchcock Center for Chemical Ecology

Christopher S. Jeffrey, Department of Chemistry, Director of the HCCE


Keynote Talk

"Chemical Ecology of Plant Defense and Multi-trophic interactions: Bad Bugs, Pungent Parasites and Toxic Travelers"

Jared Ali, Penn. State University, Director, Center for Chemical Ecology and Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Endowed Chair of Chemical Ecology


Short Format Talk

Chasing Variation: Ecological Approaches to Natural Product Discovery

Casey Philbin, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Hitchcock Center for Chemical-Ecology


Short Format Talk

Skin anti-microbial peptide profiles and seasonal disease dynamics in frog populations

Carolina Lambertini, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Nevada—Reno


Short Format Talk

How intra-population chemical diversity shapes specialist herbivore communities

Devon Picklum, Ph.D. candidate, Ecology Evolution and Conservation Biology Program, University of Nevada—Reno




Short Format Talk

Herbivores disrupt clinal variation in plant phytochemical responses to water limitation

Aramee Diethelem, Ph.D. candidate, Ecology Evolution and Conservation Biology Program, University of Nevada—Reno


Short Format Talk

Phytochemical disturbances during a spongy moth outbreak

Celso Ricardo de Oliveira Júnior, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin—Madison


Short Format Talk

Redox behavior and detailed structural analysis of cyanobacterial pigment scytonemin: Implications in ultraviolet screening action

Tanzil Mahmud, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Chemistry, University of Nevada—Reno


Short Format Talk

Toxic nectar and bee kombucha: chemistry mediates plant and pollinator interactions with microbes

Rachel Lee Vanette, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis


Keynote Talk

"From paracaseolide to ottelione A to the HDDA reaction. Subtitle: On the value of persistence, details, and 'the little things'"

Thomas R. Hoye, Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities


Reception and Dynamic Poster Session

Sponsored by Pacific Pharmaceutical Services


Dinner and Awards

Friday, June 9th, 2023


Breakfast and Closing Remarks

Lora A. Richards (UNR Biology), Lee A. Dyer (UNR Biology), Matthew J. Tucker (UNR Chemistry)

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