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Graduate Students

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BLANCE, Megan – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Robert Clark & Dr. David Crowder Email:
Interest: Plant-insect interactions, landscape ecology, pest management
Education: B.S. in Cellular & Molecular Biology, Binghamton University

Sansar 2017

BRENNER, Robert – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Dr. Douglas B. Walsh Email:
Interest: Insect ecology, Pesticide Non-target Effects, IPM
Education: B.S. Biology, Southern Utah University; M.S. Entomology, North Dakota State University

Kendra Chambless

CHAMBLESS, Kendra – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Jeb Owen
Interest: Natural antibodies levels in response to co-infections in poultry
Education:  A.S. Southwestern Illinois College, B.S. in Biological Sciences, Ecology, Evolution and Environment, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

COOK, Hannah – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Murray & Dr. Silas Bossert Email: 
Interest: Bee phylogenomics, systematics, biogeography, evolution of host-plant associations  Education: B.S. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Rochester

CZOKAJLO, Robert – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Beers Email:
Interest: IPM, Agricultural Entomology Education: B.A. in Archaeology


DAVID, Igbagbolere – M.S. Student

Advisor:  Dr. Brandon Hopkins & Dr. Walter S. Sheppard Email:
Interest: Beekeeping management and Honeybee health. Education: B. Agric Crop Production and Protection, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

DILDAY, Sam – PhD Student

Advisor: Dr. David Crowder  & Brandon Hopkins Email:
Interest: Honey Bee pollination of blueberry crop and honey bee nutrition. Education: B.S Biology, George Mason University; M.S Environmental Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland

ECKARD, Stephanie – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. John Stark Email:
Interest: Environmental toxicology, stream benthic macroinvertebrates, food-web interactions, salmon recovery   Education: B.S. Environmental Science, Western Washington University

FLANDERMEYER, Laura – M.S. Student

Advisor:  Dr. Tobin Northfield  & Dr. Louis Nottingham Email: 
Interest: Theoretical and Empirical modeling, insect ecology, IPM    Education: B.S. Biological Engineering, Purdue University


GREEN, Nathaniel – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Murray Email:
Interest: Studying the systematics of North American Pseudomasaris
Education: B.S. Biology, The University of Akron

HANEL, Aldo – Ph.D. Student

Advisors: Dr. Tobin Northfield & Dr. Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris Email:
Interest: Ecology of agroecosystems & Biological Control
Education: B.S. Agronomy, Centro Universitário Integrado; M.S. Entomology, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil

HELMREICH, Salena – Ph.D. Student

Advisors: Dr. David Crower Email:
Interest: The value of a pulsed floral resource, such as canola, on wild bee health and population dynamics in response to landscape context.
Education: B.A. in Biology, Wheaton College (MA)


JOCSON, Dowen – Ph.D. Candidate

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

LUPPINO, Mario – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. David Crowder Email:
Interest: Interspecies interactions between pollinators, with canola production as a model system.
Education: B.S. Earth and Environmental Sciences, Washington State University

MACON, Taydin – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Dr. Brandon Hopkins & Dr. Dave Crowder Email:
Interest: Pollinator Health
Education: B.A. Philosophy, Layola Marymount University, B.S. Physics, Layola Marymount University

MARSHALL, Daniel – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Dr. Jeb Owen Email:
Interest: Insect ecology, biocontrol of vectors of medical and veterinary importance
Education: B.S. Physics, Cameron University, M.S. Biology, University of Central Oklahoma

Onayemi, Stephen Olusola – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Dr. Douglas B. Walsh Email:
Interest: Environmental sustainability of pollinators and tackling pest and disease challenges using integrated pest management strategies. Education: BS Crop Production and Protection, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, MS Entomology Washington State University

Pautzke, Kellen – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Jeb Owen Email:
Interest: Zoonotic disease transmission, arthropod vectors, One Health
Education: B.S. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, The University of Arizona

Rampone, Emily – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Dr. David Crowder Email:
Interest: Researching opportunities to improve farmer livelihoods and reduce pesticide applications.
Education: B.S. in Italian Studies and Global Studies, University of Vermont

Reed, Riley – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Dr. Brandon Hopkins & Dr. Walter S. Sheppard Email:
Interest: Integrated management of Varroa, commercial beekeeping practices, and improving pollinator forage.
Education: B.S. in Agricultural Biotechnology with Biology minor, Washington State University

Reyes Corral, Cesar – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Dr. Tobin Northfield & Dr. Rodney Cooper Email:
Interest: Insect-plant interactions and plant pathology
Education: B.Sc. Agronomy, University of Guadalajara; M.S. Plant Pathology, University of Idaho

Sansar 2017

Ritchie, Kiersten – Ph.D. Student

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

Sayles, Molly Whelan – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Dr. Louis Nottingham Email:
Interest: Insect behavior and pest management extension
Education: B.A. Environmental Studies, Oberlin College

Smytheman, Peter – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Tobin Northfield Email:
Interest: Orchard pest natural enemies, Lepidoptera recording, breeding, and collecting.
Education: B.Sc. Zoology, Cardiff University, Wales

Ware, Adam – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Nicholas Naeger & Dr. Walter S. Sheppard Email:
Interest: Sustainable and integrative methods in apiculture and agricultural management. Honey bee genetics and breeding.