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How to Survive in Antarctica: Lessons from an Insect
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Columbus, OH

How to Survive in Antarctica: Lessons from an Insect

Antarctica is among Earth’s most inhospitable environments, but one insect, a wingless midge (Belgica antarctica), thrives here. It survives not only low temperatures, but also desiccation, UV radiation, and extremes of salinity and pH.

Join David Denlinger, PhD, Ohio State distinguished professor emeritus, for a presentation highlighting what he has discovered about this extraordinary insect. Every Antarctic summer, members of his lab travel to the Palmer Station to tease answers from the midge about its adaptations for living in this hostile environment.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
11:30 a.m. Registration and lunch
12–1 p.m. Program

Longaberger Alumni House - Sanders Grand Lounge
2200 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43210
Directions / Parking


$10 per person; includes lunch

About the Speaker

David Denlinger is affiliated with Ohio State's Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology. He grew up on a farm in the Pennsylvania Dutch country of eastern Pennsylvania, and received a BS from Pennsylvania State University and PhD from the University of Illinois. After postdoctoral work in the Netherlands, Kenya and at Harvard he joined the Ohio State faculty as an assistant professor in 1976. He served as chair of the Department of Entomology for 11 years, and although he retired in 2015 as a distinguished professor emeritus, he continues to maintain an active laboratory with broad interests in insect overwintering, cold hardiness and reproductive physiology. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and recipient of the Gregor Mendel Medal from the Czech Academy. He is a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America and the Royal Entomological Society and was named an Alumni Fellow of Pennsylvania State University.

About Buckeye Smart

Buckeye Smart: Central Ohio Speaker Series is a lunch-and-learn experience hosted by The Ohio State University Alumni Association. Let Ohio State's experts teach you about the university's latest research, newest innovations and best-kept secrets!

Be sure to save the date for our next Buckeye Smart presentation on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Additional Buckeye Smart presentation dates are listed below,

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Please call 800-762-5646 to register.


Please contact The Ohio State University Alumni Association at or 800-762-5646