Graduate Students

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ASCHE, Megan – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Dr. Richard Zack & Dr. Pete Landolt Email: megan.asche@wsu.edu
Interest: Pollination ecology, Hymenoptera, and macro insect photography
Education: B.A. Graphic Arts, Western Washington University; M.S. Entomology, Washington State University

 

 

AUTH, Connor – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Brandon Hopkins & Dr. Laura Lavine  Email: connor.auth@wsu.edu
Interest: Reproductive biology; Long term storage of honey bee semen; Sperm motility
Education: B.S. Biology – Evolution and Ecology, University of Maryland, College Park

 

 

Sansar 2017 BERGERON, Paul – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Beers & Dr. Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris  Email: paul.bergeron@wsu.edu
Interest: Insect Ecology, IPM, Biological Control, Pesticide Non-target Effects
Education: B.S. Biology, Washburn University

 

 

BUSHNAQ, Anwar – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Dr. Doug Walsh & Dr. Laura Lavine Emailanwar.bushnaq@wsu.edu
Interest: Crop Pest Management, Biological control
Education:  B.A. General Biology, Taibah University; M.S. Zoology Invertebrates, Eastern Washington University

 

 

CLARKE, Abigail – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Tobin Northfield Email: abby.clarke@wsu.edu
Interest: Insect ecology, IPM, Biological control
Education:  B.S. in Insect Ecology & Conservation and Agriculture & Natural Resources with a minor in Landscape Horticulture and Design, University of Delaware

 

 

COHEN, Aabigail-cohenbigail – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Dr. David Crowder Email: abigail.cohen@wsu.edu
Interest: Landscape, community and disease ecology, working on insect-vectored disease in potatoes.
Project: Conducting experiments studying the ecology of psyllid-Liberibacter-potato interactions.
Education: B.S. Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, Rutgers University

 

DUPUIS, Greta- M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Doug Walsh Email: greta.dupuis@wsu.edu
Interest: Wild Bees & Plant-Pollinator interactions
Education: B.S. in Environmental Science & Agriculture, University of Vermont

 

FOUTZ, Jillian – Jillian FoutzM.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. David Crowder Email: jillian.foutz@wsu.edu
Interest: Insect ecology, IPM, biocontrol, and insect-plant interactions
Education: B.A. in Anthropology, University of Washington

 

 

FREEMAN, Maggie – Maggie FreemanM.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. David Crowder Email: margaret.freeman@wsu.edu
Interest: Introducing a parasitoid wasp as a biological control agent of the lily leaf beetle.
Education: B.A. in Biology, Entomology and Agriculture-Evergreen State College

 

 

Daniel GallegosGALLEGOS, Daniel- M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Laura Lavine Email: daniel.gallegos@wsu.edu
Interest: Crop pest management, Evolution of adaptation in insects.
Education: B.S. in Biology, B.A. in Philosophy

 

 

abigail-hayesHAYES, Abigail – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Dr. Laura Lavine Email: Abigail.hayes@wsu.edu
Interest: Evolution of Extreme Phenotypes in Arthropods; Plant-Animal Interactions; Population Ecology.
Education: B.S. in Biology, Saint Mary’s College of California

 

James Hepler PhotographHEPLER, James – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Beers   Email: James.hepler@wsu.edu
Interest: Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, landscape ecology, orchard risk assessment.
Education: B.S. in Entomology/Plant Biology, University of California, Riverside

 

 

 

DowenJOCSON, Dowen- Ph.D Student

Advisor: Dr. David Crowder & Dr. Elizabeth Beers Email: dowen.jocson@wsu.edu
Project: Pest management using vibrational communication to disrupt mating and reduce population size
Education: B.S. in Plant Science, M.S. in Ecology & Evolution, Saint Louis University

 

 

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KIRBY, Melanie – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Walter S. Sheppard Emailmelanie.kirby@wsu.edu
Interest: Sustainable beekeeping and honey bee breeding
Education: B.A. St. John’s College, B.S. St. John’s College

 

 

benjamin leeLEE, Benjamin – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Dr. David Crowder   Email: Benjamin.w.lee@wsu.edu
Interest: Predator-prey interactions, disease ecology, landscape ecology
Education: B.S. Entomology, Cornell University

 

 

 

Pooja Headshot MALHOTRA, Pooja – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. David Crowder Email: pooja.malhotra@wsu.edu
Interest: Molecular and biochemical aspects of Plant-Insect-Virus interactions in legumes.
Education: B.S. in Biotechnology from WBUT, India; M.S. in Biotechnology from Presidency University, India

 

 

Adrian Marshall PhD StudentMARSHALL, Adrian – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Beers Email: atmarshall@wsu.edu
Interest: Insect Ecology, Predator/Prey Interactions, IPM, behavioral studies & parasitoid studies in orchard or berry crops.
Education: B.S. University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, Entomology

 


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OELLER, Liesl – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. David Crowder Email: elisabeth.oeller@wsu.edu
Interest: The pest communities in quinoa crops, and determining host plant resistance of quinoa against various pest species
Education: B.S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel Olsson Grad pic board infoOLSSON, Rachel – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Dr. David Crowder     Email: rachel.olsson@wsu.edu 
Interest: Alternative Pollinators in Diverse Cropping Systems
Education: B.A. in Community Food Systems & B.S. in Plant Protection Sciences – Evergreen State College.

 

Sansar 2017ONAYEMI, Stephen Olusola – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Brandon Hopkins & Dr. Walter S. Sheppard Email: stephen.onayemi@wsu.edu
Interest: Honey bee health, breeding and reproduction
Education: B.Agric. in Crop Production and Protection, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

 

 

Sansar 2017RITCHIE, Kiersten – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Dr. Walter S. Sheppard  Email: kiersten.ritchie@wsu.edu
Interest: Pollinators, Honey Bee Reproductive Processes
Education: B.S. Biochemistry, University of Washington

 

 

Sansar 2017SANSAR, Saffet – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Walter S. Sheppard  Email: saffet.sansar@wsu.edu
Interest: Beekeeping and Honey Bee Breeding
Education: B.S. Animal Science, Gaziosmanpasa University, Tokat, Turkey

 

 

Anna WebbWEBB, Anna- M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Brandon HopkinsDr. Walter S. Sheppard  Email: Anna.webb@wsu.edu
Interest: Queen mortality rates, artificial brood breaks, swarm behavior
Education: B.S. Environmental Sustainability Science with a minor in Biology, Tennessee Technological