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 organisms operate, I am interested in finding connections between different species and using this knowledge to develop innovative approaches in creating 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 Corn Earworm, and am currently involved in research with Culex mosquitoes and spotted wing drosopohila.
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: Environmental Science & Technology
Research Interests: I am interested in the study of environmental contaminants, pathogenic and parasitic diseases; how it impacts human health, the ecosystem, and factors that contribute to the spread of contamination and environmental diseases.
Major: Biological Sciences - Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics
Research Interests: I am interested in plant genetics and its application to agricultural and nutritional aspects of crops. I want to learn more about unique plant chemical mechanisms that can be altered via molecular techniques including CRISPR systems.
Research Interests: I am interested in plant pathogens and their relationship(s) with insect vectors and how these interactions affect crop productivity. I am also interested in extension work and communicating with farms, applying scientific research to real-world environments.
Research Interests: I am working towards a degree in Biology and a minor in History. I have always been interested in wildlife and their environmental interactions. I am also interested in invasive species and how they impact the environment. I hope to go onto medical school and become a doctor.
Jessica Van Horn