WSU CAHNRS

College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Entomology

Graduate Students

 

AsplundASPLUND, Jacob – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: William E. Snyder Email: jake.asplund@wsu.edu
Interest:
Examining arthropod community interactions in agriculture
Education:
B.S. Environmental Science, University of Washington

 

 

 

BLOOM, Elias – Ph.D. Student

AdvisorDavid Crowder  Email: elias.bloom@wsu.edu
Interest: 
The stability and diversity of native pollinator communities in urban and organic farming systems.
Project:
 Native Pollinators Project
Education:
B.S. University of Nebraska, Lincoln

 

 

BOYLE, Natalie – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Doug Walsh  Email: nboyle@wsu.edu
Interest:
Honey bee colony health
Project:
Effects of sublethal pesticide residues on honey bee colony health
Education:
B.S. Biology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, 2009

 

Buckley KatieBUCKLEY, Katherine – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Doug Walsh  Email: katherine.buckley@wsu.edu
Interest:
 
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CASTILLO CARRILLO, Carmen Isabel – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: William E. Snyder   Email: c.castillocarrillo@email.wsu.edu
Interest
: Biological control of pests
Project:
Ecologically-based pest management in potatoes
Education
: B.S. Agronomy, Universidad Central del Ecuador; M.S. Entomology, Wageningen University & Research Centre (The Netherlands)

 

CHISHOLM, Paul – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: David Crowder
Interest:
Invertebrate diversity/behavior in various landscapes; identification of synthetic chemicals that mask/mimic volatiles/pheromones; natural enemy ecology; effects of land management on diversity.
Project: Plant-insect-virus interactions, using the pea aphid and legumes as a model system.
Education:
B.S. 5/2011 Biology, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO.

 

Elizabeth D'AuriaD’AURIA, Elizabeth - M.S. Student

AdvisorDavid Crowder  Email: elizabeth.dauria@wsu.edu
Interest
: The role of predator biodiversity on herbivore behavior and immunity to pathogens.
Project

Education
: B.S, Conservation Biology at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

 

FinitzerFINITZER, Jennifer - M.S. Student

Advisor: Walter S. Sheppard  Email: jennifer.finitzer@wsu.edu
Interest:
Background in arbovirus surveilance, utilizing mosquito & sentinel sampling
Project: 
 
Education:
B.A. University of California, Berkeley

 

Grula, Courtney – M.S. StudentGrula

Advisor: Doug Walsh
Interest: Bee diversity
Project: Comparative Studies of pollinator diversity among crops and adjacent riparian habitats
Education: B.S Biology Iowa State University.

 

 

HermaHERMA, Amalia - Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Doug Walsh & Laura Lavine  Email: herma.amalia@email.wsu.edu
Interest:
Agricultural Pests, Toxicology, and Integrated Pest Management
Project: Characterization of insecticide resistance mechanisms in the western tarnished plant bug, Lycus Hesperus knight (Hemiptera; Miradae)
Education: B.S. in Plant Pests and Diseases; M.S. in Entomology, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia

 

Hust

HUST, James

Advisor: Laura Lavine  Emailjames.hust@wsu.edu
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JONES, Cami – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Jeb Owen  EMail: cami.jones@email.wsu.edu
Interest
: Ecological immunology of host-ectoparasite systems
Project
: Ecological immunology of the Rocky Mountain Wood Tick – Deer Mouse system
Education
: B.S. Biological Sciences, Washington State University, 2010

 

                              JONES, Matthew – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Williamatthew jonesm E. Snyder Emailmatthew.s.jones@email.wsu.edu
Interest: Agroecology, biodiversity, dung beetle ecology/taxonomy, food safety
Project: Dung Beetle – Mediated Pathogen Suppression
Education: B.S. Garder-Webb University; M.S. University of Maine

 

 

 

Karol Krey graduate studentKREY, Karol – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Bill Snyder   Email: karol.krey@wsu.edu
Interest: Biological Controls, Integrated Pest Management, Molecular Ecology
Project: Two-spotted spider mite ecology and control in potatoes.
Education: B.S. Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida

 

placeholder imageLANE, Janet

Advisor: John Stark   Email:  janet.lane@wsu.edu
Interest: 
Project: Research
Education:

 

Si-PeiLIU, Si-Pei - Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Walter Sheppard   Email:  si-pei.liu@wsu.edu
Interest: Diptera Taxonomy
Project: Research
Education: B.S. & M.S. China Agricultural University

 

 

 

placeholder imageLONG, Jason – M.S. Student

Advisor: Walter S. Sheppard   Email: jason.long@wsu.edu
Interest: Insect mediated pollination; Apiculture, Integrated Pest Management
Project: Controlled atmosphere indoor wintering of Apis mellifera
Education: B.S. University of Hawaii

 

MEADOWS, Amanda – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Bill Snyder  Email: amanda.meadows@wsu.edu
Interest
: Community ecology of medically-important misquitoes.
Project: Examining lethal and non-lethal effects of predators on culex mosquitoes and implications of pathogen transmission
Education: B.A. Biology, Transylvania University

 

MILOSAVLJEVIC, Ivan – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: David Crowder  Email: ivan.milosavljevic@email.wsu.edu
Interest
: Agricultural Engineering, Integrated Pest Management, Biological Control, Insect-Plant Interactions, Applied Entomology, and Plant Pathology.
Project: Ecology and biology of wireworms in wheat cropping systems.
Education: B.S. Agricultural Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia; M.S. Agricultural Engineering/phytomedicine, University of Belgrade, Serbia

 

Mustafa[1]MUSTAFA, Tariq – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Walter S. Sheppard  Emailtariq.mustafa@wsu.edu
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olearyO’LEARY, Conor - Ph.D. Student

AdvisorVincent P. Jones    Email: conor.oleary@wsu.edu
Interest: 
IPM / Biocontrol in apples, extension
Education
: B.S. University of Maryland

 

 

 

Orpet photoOrpet, Robert – Ph.D Student

Advisor: Vince Jones and David Crowder
Interest: Integrated Pest Management, Herbivory
Project: Ecology of woolly apple aphid
Education: B.S. in Entomology from University of Illinois; M.S. in Entomology from University of Arizona

 

PIRANEO, Tara – M.S. Student

Advisor: Doug Walsh  Email: tara.piraneo@wsu.edu
Interest
: plant-insect interactions; pest and disease management
Project
: Evaluating synergists for improved insecticide/miticide efficacy.
Education
: B.A. Biology, University of San Diego, 2010

 

RAYL, Ryan – M.S. Student

Advisor: Gary L. Piper   Email: ryan.rayl@email.wsu.edu
Interest
: biological control; insect taxonomy in Eastern Washington
Project
: Impact on and by Nanophyes Marmoratus on Lythrum Salicaria
Education
: B.S. Eastern Michigan University

 

SchmidtSCHMIDT, Rebecca – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Elizabeth Beers   Emailrebecca.schmidt@wsu.edu
Interest
: Tritrophic interactions, biological control, integrated pest management, acarology, animal behavior
Project
: Biology and diversity of phytoseiid mites and their potential as biological control agents.
Education:
B.S Biology, Washburn University, Topeka, KS

 

SchwarzSCHWARTZ, Joseph – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Jay Brunner   Emailjoseph.schwartz@wsu.edu
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STRONG, Adam – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Jeb Owen   Email: adam-strong@hotmail.com
Interest
: medical entomology
Project
: Plague Interactions of the Ground Squirrel Flea, Oropsylla montana.
Education:
B.S. and M.S. Colorado State

 

megan taylorTAYLOR, Megan – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Walter S. Sheppard    Email: megan.a.taylor@email.wsu.edu
Interest
: Honey bee genetics, reproduction, and germplasm cryopreservation
Project
: Genetic diversity of Old and New World honey bees
Education
: B.S. Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada; M.S. University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

 

 

whitenerWHITENER, Alix – Ph.D. Student

Advisor:  Elizabeth Beers        Email: 
Interest: Integrated Pest Management, Resistance, & Biological Control
Project: Spotted Wing Drosophila
Education: B.S. Biology/Anthropology & Minor in Women’s Studies Western Washington University

 

 

whiteside WHITESIDE, Samantha – M.S. Student

Advisor:  Jeb Owen        Email:  samantha.whiteside100@email.wsu.edu
Interest: Resistence / Immunology to blood feeding ectoparasites
Project: Resistance in deer mice to RMWD
Education: B.S. Entomology, Washington State University

 

 

zinnaZINNA, Robbie – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Laura Corley Lavine   Email: robert.zinna@wsu.edu
Interest
: Evolution and developmental biology; functional genomics; evolution of morphological novelties
Project
: Elaborate head horns in the Japanese Rhinoceros beetle Trypoxylus dichotomus. Investigating the role the conserved patterning genes play in growth of horn imaginal tissue.
Education
: B.S. Science, Winthrop University 2009; Research at Medical University of South Carolina

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