Graduate Students

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Adekunle photoADESANYA, Adekunle – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Doug Walsh Email: adekunle.adesanya@wsu.edu
Interest: Molecular biology especially with respect to pesticide resistance and integrated pest management
Education:B.S. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Agriculture/Plant; M.S. Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, Entomology

 

 

 

ASCHE, Megan – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Walter S. Sheppard Email: megan.asche@wsu.edu
Interest: Pollination ecology, genetics, and macro insect photography
Education: B.A. Graphic Arts, Western Washington University

 

 

 

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

 

 

COHEN, Aabigail-cohenbigail – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: 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

 

ELMQUIST, Dane – M.S. Studentdaneelmquist

Advisor:Peter Landolt and Richard Zack 
Interest: Chemical Ecology of Insects
Project: The chemical ecology of insects
Education: B.S. Ecology, Evolution and Animal behavior, University of Minnesota College

FREEMAN, Maggie – Maggie FreemanM.S. Student

Advisor: 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

 

abigail-hayesHAYES, Abigail – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: 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: 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

 

 

 

 

matthew jonesJONES, Matthew – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: William E. Snyder Emailmatthew.s.jones@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

 

 

 

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KIRBY, Melanie – M.S. Student

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

 

 

 

 

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

Advisor: 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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MILNES, Joshua – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Elizabeth Beers Email: joshua.milnes@wsu.edu
Interest: Parasitology with a focus on biocontrol of the Brown Mormorated stink bug, as well as the behavioral and chemical ecology of the oblique banded leaf roller through apple genotyping and integrated pest management.
Education: B.S. Biology, University of Washington

 


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OELLER, Liesl – M.S. Student

Advisor: 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

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan O'HearnO’HEARN, Jonathan – M.S. Student

Advisor: Doug Walsh Email: jonathan.ohearn@wsu.edu
Interest:Researching different ways to design landscapes in sustainable agroecosystems to increase beneficial arthropods: natural enemies, parasitoids, and pollinators
Education: B.S. New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, Wildlife Ecology

 

 

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

Advisor: 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.

 

Orpet photoORPET, Robert – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Vince Jones and David Crowder Email: robert.orpet@wsu.edu
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

 

 

Sansar 2017SANSAR, Saffet – M.S. Student

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

 

 

IMG_2576SMITH, Olivia – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: William Snyder and Jeb Owen Email: olivia.m.smith @wsu.edu
Interest: The ecological role of birds in organic farming
Education: M.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Ohio State University; B.S. in Biology from Siena Heights University

 

 

Joseph TaylorTAYLOR, Joseph – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Bill Snyder Email: joseph.m.taylor@wsu.edu
Interest
:Interested in predator-prey interactions as well as intraguild interactions between generalists predators
Education
: B.S. Washington & Lee University, Lexington Virginia, Biology

 

 

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THURMAN, Jessa – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Bill Snyder Email: jessa.thurman@wsu.edu
Interest: Parasitoid-host interactions for natural pest control in agricultural systems
Project: Biological control in Macadamia using parasitoid wasps
Education: B.A. Biology, Hendrix College

 

 

whitenerWHITENER, Alix – Ph.D. Student

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

 

Emily Wine 002WINE, Emily – M.S. Student

Advisor: Doug Walsh E-mail: emily.wine@wsu.edu
Interest: Pollinator Ecology, toxicology, apiculture, insect conservation
Education: B.S. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, Science of Natural and Environmental Systems