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AMIRI-KAZAZ, Lara – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Dr. Walter Sheppard Email:
Interest: Honey bee health, pollinator ecology, biological control
Education: B.S. Plant Science with Anthropology and Pest Management minors, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona

ASCHE, Megan – Ph.D. Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Richard Zack & Dr. Peter 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

Sansar 2017 BERGERON, Paul – M.S. Student

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

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 2017BRENNER, 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

BUSHNAQ, Anwar – Ph.D. Student

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

Kendra ChamblessCHAMBLESS, 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

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. Candidate

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

FOUTZ, Jillian – Jillian FoutzM.S. Student

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

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

GAN, Jenny – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Murray Email:
Interest: Systematics, Evolutionary relationships within Hymenoptera, Native bees
Education: B.S. Bioscience, Farmingdale State College

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

abigail-hayesHAYES, Abigail – Ph.D. Candidate

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. Candidate

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 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

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. Candidate

Advisor: Dr. David Crowder  Email:
Interest: Predator-prey interactions, disease ecology, landscape ecology
Education: B.S. Entomology, Cornell University

LUPPINO, Mario – Ph.D. 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


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

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

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

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

RENDLEMAN, Emily – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Brandon Hopkins Email:
Interest: Apiculture, honey bee behavior and ecology
Education: B.S. Agriculture Science, Austin Peay 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 2017RITCHIE, Kiersten – Ph.D. Student

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

ROBERTS, Jeremy– M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Tobin Northfield  Email:
Interest: Insect ecology, mathematical models, IPM
Education: B.S. Computer Engineering with Biology minor, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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