Dr. Kelly Hamby
Associate Professor/Extension Specialist (C.V.)
Office: 3124 Plant Sciences Building
Lab: 3182 Plant Sciences Building
Major: Entomology Ph.D. and M.S., Environmental Toxicology B.S.
Research Interests: I work to improve agricultural sustainability and productivity while protecting human health and the environment, using the integrated pest management paradigm. In particular, I am focused on understanding insect interactions with free-living microorganisms, evaluating and optimizing pest management programs, and developing alternative management tactics in small fruit and grain crops.
Major: Horticulture M.S., Horticulture B.S.
Research Interests: During my M.S. I worked on IPM techniques for Japanese beetle and spotted wing drosophila in high tunnel raspberries. I'm excited to be working on grain crops now, where I’m investigating the impacts of preventatively-applied pesticides on insect communities. I focus on pest species and natural enemies to understand what practices can enhance naturally occurring biocontrol and support sustainable farming.
Lasair ní Chochlain
Major: Biology B.S.
Research Interests: My research interests lie in plant-insect interactions, insect ecology, and how these relate to agricultural systems. I am particularly interested in integrated pest management. As an undergraduate at Penn State, I investigated the role of root-mediated plant kin recognition on aphid behavior and performance in genotypically diverse wheat mixtures. I plan to focus on understanding the ecological interactions that structure insect communities and developing sustainable IPM techniques for grain and small fruit crops.
Undergraduate Student Researchers
Research Interests: I am interested in learning more about the interactions between insects and agriculture. This lab will give me insight into conducting research and aiding my future medical endeavors.
Major: Plant Science
Research Interests: I am interested in plant-insect interactions and relationships and protecting both agricultural and ornamental plants to promote and protect biodiversity.
Former Graduate Students
Dr. Aditi (Addie) Dubey
Dissertation: Evaluating the potential benefits and long-term sustainability of neonicotinoid seed treatments in mid-Atlantic grain crop production
Dr. Margaret (Maggie) Lewis
Dissertation: Applying insect ecology and behavior to improve sustainable pest management for Drosophila suzukii
Additional Lab Alumni
Not pictured: Declan McHugh, Amanda Amador, Fiona Siu, Elizabeth Engle, Luz Villanueva, Daniel Annitsakis, Amira Elzaree, Jackie Foster, Kaitlyn Walker