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Graduate Students

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ASCHE, Megan – Ph.D. Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Richard Zack & Dr. Peter Landolt Email: megan.asche@wsu.edu
Interest: Pollination ecology, Hymenoptera, and macro insect photography

Education: B.A. Graphic Arts, Western Washington University; M.S. Entomology, Washington State University

BLANCE, Megan – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Robert Clark & Dr. David Crowder Email: megan.blance@wsu.edu
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: robert.brenner@wsu.edu
Interest: Insect ecology, Pesticide Non-target Effects, IPM
Education: B.S. Biology, Southern Utah University; M.S. Entomology, North Dakota State University

Kendra ChamblessCHAMBLESS, Kendra – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Jeb Owen Emailkendra.chambless@wsu.edu
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: abby.clarke@wsu.edu
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

Jillian FoutzFOUTZ, Jillian – M.S. Student

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

GAN, Jenny – M.S. Student

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

GREEN, Nathaniel – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Murray Email: nathaniel.green@wsu.edu
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: aldo.hanel@wsu.edu
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: salena.helmreich@wsu.edu
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)

DowenJOCSON, Dowen – Ph.D. Candidate

Advisor: Dr. David Crowder & Dr. Elizabeth Beers Email: dowen.jocson@wsu.edu
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 – Ph.D. Student

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

MARSHALL, Daniel – Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Dr. Jeb Owen Email: daniel.marshall1@wsu.edu
Interest: Insect ecology, biocontrol of vectors of medical and veterinary importance
Education: B.S. Physics, Cameron University, M.S. Biology, University of Central Oklahoma

PAUTZKE, Kellen – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Jeb Owen Email: kellen.pautzke@wsu.edu
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: emily.rampone@wsu.edu
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: riley.reed@wsu.edu
Interest: Integrated management of Varroa, commercial beekeeping practices, and improving pollinator forage.
Education: B.S. in Agricultural Biotechnology with Biology minor, Washington State University

RENDLEMAN, Emily – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Brandon Hopkins Email: emily.rendleman@wsu.edu
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: cesar.reyescorral@wsu.edu
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: kiersten.ritchie@wsu.edu
Interest: Pollinators, Honey Bee Reproductive Processes
Education: B.S. Biochemistry, University of Washington

ROBERTS, Jeremy – M.S. Student

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

SAYLES, Molly Whelan – Ph.D. Student

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

SHAFFER, Olivia – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. David Crowder Email: olivia.shaffer@wsu.edu
Interest: Pollinator behavioral ecology and insect conservation
Education: B.S. Interpretive Biology & Natural History with Animal Behavior minor, Frostburg State University

SMYTHEMAN, Peter – M.S. Student

Advisor: Dr. Tobin Northfield Email: peter_smytheman@wsu.edu
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: adam.ware@wsu.edu
Interest: Sustainable and integrative methods in apiculture and agricultural management. Honey bee genetics and breeding.