Graduate Students

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ASCHE, Megan – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Dr. Richard Zack & Dr. Pete Landolt Email:
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:
Interest: Reproductive biology; Long term storage of honey bee semen; Sperm motility
Education: B.S. Biology – Evolution and Ecology, University of Maryland, College Park



CLARKE, Abigail – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Tobin Northfield Email:
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:
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:
Interest: Wild Bees & Plant-Pollinator interactions
Education: B.S. in Environmental Science & Agriculture, University of Vermont


FREEMAN, Maggie – Maggie FreemanM.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. David Crowder Email:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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



KIRBY, Melanie – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Walter S. Sheppard
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:
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:
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:
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


OELLER, Liesl – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. David Crowder Email:
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: 
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:
Interest: Honey bee health, breeding and reproduction
Education: B.Agric. in Crop Production and Protection, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria



Sansar 2017SANSAR, Saffet – M.S. Student

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