Graduate Students

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Adekunle photoADESANYA, Adekunle – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Doug Walsh Email:
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:
Interest: Pollination ecology, genetics, and macro insect photography
Education: B.A. Graphic Arts, Western Washington University




BLOOM, Elias – Ph.D. Student

AdvisorDavid Crowder  Email:
The stability and diversity of native pollinator communities in urban and organic farming systems.
 Native Pollinators Project
B.S. University of Nebraska, Lincoln



COHEN, Aabigail-cohenbigail – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: 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


ELMQUIST, Dane – M.S. StudentElmquist headshot

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:
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:
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:
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
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




KIRBY, Melanie – M.S. Student

Advisor: 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: David Crowder   Email:
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:
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




MILNES, Joshua – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Elizabeth Beers Email:
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


OELLER, Liesl – M.S. Student

Advisor: 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








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

Advisor: Doug Walsh Email:
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: 
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:
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

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
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:
:Interested in predator-prey interactions as well as intraguild interactions between generalists predators
: B.S. Washington & Lee University, Lexington Virginia, Biology



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THURMAN, Jessa – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Bill Snyder Email:
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:
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:
Interest: Pollinator Ecology, toxicology, apiculture, insect conservation
Education: B.S. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, Science of Natural and Environmental Systems