Current Lab Members
Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist
Office: 3124 Plant Sciences Building
Lab: 3182 Plant Sciences Building
Major: Entomology Ph.D. and M.S., Environmental Toxicology B.S.
Research Interests: invasive species, insect-microbe interactions, insect and host seasonal phenology, insecticide resistance, and non-target impacts of insecticides on beneficials and surface waters
Major: Integrative Biology B.A.
Research Interests: My background is in general ecology and evolution, but I have worked on multiple entomology projects, specifically on the effect of biodiversity on pest levels in vineyards, as well as the relationship between a microsporidian and the Light Brown Apple Moth. My primary research interest is Integrated Pest Management in agricultural systems. I am focused on biological control of invasive species and the relationship between insects, their parasites and pathogens, and plants. I am also interested in creating sustainable agricultural ecosystems through increased biodiversity.
Major: Entomology M.S., Molecular Environmental Biology B.S.
Research Interests: I am broadly interested in agricultural pest management. My current work focuses on spotted wing drosophila and its interactions with yeast and fungal microbes, as well as more broadly on improving integrated pest management programs for SWD. I previously completed my masters degree at Penn State University; my thesis considered sustainable management options for the striped cucumber beetle, including biocontrol and the use of microbial metabolites in organic cropping systems.
Research Assistant/Lab Manager
Major: Environmental Science & Technology B.S.
Research Interests: I have spent much of my life in the field of Environmental Science. Through understanding how various life forms operate, I am interested in finding connections between different species and using this knowledge to develop innovative approaches to create a more sustainable world. I have previously worked with Cape vultures and honey bees, as well as on IPM projects with Emerald Ash Borer, and am currently working with Culex mosquitoes and spotted wing drosopohila.
Major: Neurobiology and Physiology
Research Interests: I am working towards a Neurobiology and Physiology degree within the biological sciences department. I am interested in human health and pathology, particularly the cardiovascular system. I plan to go to medical school in the future. Additionally, I am interested in sustainability and the interactions between human communities and the environment.
Major: Neurophysiology and Animal Sciences
Research Interests: I am a senior undergraduate at UMD who will graduate with a Neurophysiology/Animal Sciences dual degree in May. My research interests are in cognition and learning, although I am also passionate about invasive species and human-environment interactions.
Jessica Van Horn
Major: Cellular Biology and Genetics
Research Interests: I am interested in working towards the betterment of agricultural communities using innovative technologies that can sustain the world’s growing population. I am also very interested in the fields of Immunology and Epidemiology and hope to conduct research in those fields in the future.
Faculty Research Assistant
Major: Natural Resources, MS; Biology BS
Research Interests: I have a background in forest ecosystem health and biological control, with a focus on insect natural enemies. I am intrigued by the role of insects in ecological systems, insect behavior, and genetics, and medical entomology. I also have interests in STEM outreach and education, and student advocacy.
Major: Physiology and Neurobiology
Minor: Military Science, International Development and Conflict Management
Research Interests: I am a senior undergraduate research assistant pursuing a degree in PHNB within the CMNS department. I am primarily interested in human pathophysiology and I want to pursue a career in the medical field as an Army physician. However, I am also interested in learning about sustainability and developing my knowledge about different ecological systems.
I previously worked as an undergraduate research assistant with Dr. Kai Lu and Dr. Jonathan Fritz of the ISR department in the Neural systems lab which focused on cognition and attention among ferrets.
Research Interests: I am interested in studying animal behavior in graduate school. I am also interested in how parts of an ecosystem interact with one another.
Major: Biology:Ecology and Evolution
Research Interests: I am pursuing a degree in Biology with a concentration in Ecology and Evolution. I am passionate about the environment and wildlife conservation efforts. I am also interested in sustainability and using knowledge from human interactions with ecosystems to protect the environment.
Major: Cell Biology and Genetics, Mathematics
Research Interests: I am a junior undergraduate working towards degrees in Biology and Mathematics, ultimately pursuing a career as a family doctor. I am also interested in human-environment interactions and sustainability.
Major: Entomology Ph.D and B.S.
Research Interests: I have both a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and a doctorate from the University of Maryland in Entomology. I am broadly interested in studying the biology and management of invasive species, and am particularly interested in insect-microbe interactions. My dissertation explored the relationship between the brown marmorated stink bug Halyomorpha halys and its beneficial gut symbiont Pantoea carbekii with implications for stink bug management.
Major: Biological sciences
Research Interests: I have an interest in insects and pest management. I am currently studying for a degree in biological sciences, but I intend to focus on entomology. I previously worked in a lab to study the effects of Bt corn on the growth and survival of Hyalella azteca under light and dark conditions.
Major: Environmental Science and Policy B.S.
Research Interests: I am currently working towards a degree in Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology. Previously, I worked on a project involving insect community ecology in mangrove ecosystems and I also have experience in coral reef research. I'm interested in learning more about the processes of coral bleaching and how these effect marine organisms. I hope to gain more research experience and pursue a graduate degree in marine biology.
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Research Interests: I am interested in automation and transportation specifically planes and automobiles. I am currently working towards a degree as a mechanical engineer so that I can potentially pursue a career in either field. I have previously worked on a project to build a small (7-ft) blimp for a competition in speed and maneuverability. I have also worked on a team that used surveys to determine people's willingness to pay for the restoration of their local watershed.
Major: Environmental Science and Policy (concentration: Environment and Agriculture) and Spanish
Research Interests: I'm interested in soil conservation and food security. I'm especially interested in how we can better manage farms to maintain ecosystem services while providing enough food and income for rural families.
Major: Environmental Science and Policy
Major: Geography and Ecology, BS., Geography, MS
Research Interests: Claire is originally from Leonardtown, MD. Claire graduated with a dual Bachelors’ degree in Geography and Ecology from the University of Maryland and she now is a Masters Student in the University of Utah's Geography Department. Claire previously worked as a research assistant at the University of Maryland's Lamp Lab. Her undergraduate research focused on using GIS and spatial analysis to identify changes in aquatic macroinvertebrate communities in response to increased stream flashiness.