Pullman Post Doc and Researchers

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Saumik Basu, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Crowder Lab FSHN 358A

Education: Ph.D. Molecular Virology, Jawaharlal Nehru University; M.S. Biotechnology, Visva Bharati University;  B.S. Human Physiology, Surendranath College and University of Calcutta

Interest: Molecular and biochemical and physiological aspects of plant-insect virus interactions

Robert Clark, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Crowder Lab FSHN 358A

Education: Ph.D. Biology, Wesleyan University; M.S. Biology, Central Connecticut State University; B.S. Ecological and Evolutionary Biochemistry, Central Connecticut State University

Interest: Insect Food Web Interactions and the consequences for ecological communities


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Javier Illan, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Crowder Lab FSHN 358

Education: Ph.D Rey Juan Carlos University, M.S. Rey Juan Carlos University, B.S. Complutente University

Interest: The effects of environmental changes on biodiversity




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Nicholas Naeger, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Sheppard Lab FSHN 358D

Education: PhD University of Illinois

Interest: Honey Bee Health




Adrian Marshall, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Northfield Lab, WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center

Education: Ph.D. Entomology, Washington State University; B.S. Entomology, University of Idaho

Interest: Evaluating environmentally friendly controls (kaolin clay and reflective ground cover) on little cherry disease and the leafhoppers that vector the X disease phytoplasma.




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Rachel Olsson, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Hopkins Lab, FSHN 358C

Education:  Ph.D. Entomology, Washington State University; B.A. Community Food Systems & B.S. Plant Protection Sciences, Evergreen State College

Interest: Alternative Pollinators in Diverse Cropping Systems




Robert Orpet, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Nottingham Lab, WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center

Education: Ph.D. Entomology, Washington State University; M.S. Entomology, University of Arizona; B.S. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Interest: Biological control, insect ecology, molecular gut content analysis, sociology in relation to integrated pest management, and entomology in fruits.




Vera Pfeiffer, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Crowder lab, FSHN 358E

Education: PhD Environment and Resources, University of Wisconsin – Madison; MS Geography, Oregon State University; BAs Biology and International Relations, Boston University

Interest: Spatial and temporal processes in ecology, Landscape genetics, Ecosystem services, Influence of landscape management and heterogeneity on ecological communities




Mark Lavine, Research Associate, Lavine Lab FSHN 63

Education: Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, M.S. University of California, B.S. Northern Arizona University

Interest: Identification of mechanisms of insecticide resistance in pest insect populations.