Graduate Students

Title Degree Areas of Interest Advisor
Ellen Owusu Adjeiwaa M.S.

Examining the potential pests and their impact on pennycress (Thlaspi arvense) production.

Robert Koch
Emily Althoff Ph.D.

Eastern Larch Beetle

Brian Aukema
Michelle Boone Ph.D.

Developing non-lethal methods to study endangered insects, including using occupancy modeling to estimate detection probabilities and non-invasive ways to study population genetics of Bombus spp.

Sujaya Rao
Julia Brokaw Ph.D.

I am interested in how to establish and restore prairies for native plants and wild bees and the driving factors that make restoration successful at both local and landscape levels. Additionally, I am interested in connecting policy decision with prairie and pollinator conservation that help both people and the environment.

Dan Cariveau
Josie Dillon M.S.

Understanding late-season management of Potato Virus Y, a serious aphid-vectored disease limiting seed potato production.

Ian MacRae
Chan Dolan M.S.

I am interested in how bumble bees use different habitats for foraging and nesting. I would also like to work towards developing efficient methods for locating bumble bee nests, including those of the endangered Rusty-patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis).

Dan Cariveau
Tessa Durnin M.S.

Winter dynamics of an aquatic fly (Diptera: Chironomidae)

Leonard Ferrington
Dominique Ebbenga Ph.D.

My research will include studies aimed to learn more about Japanese beetle basic biology, phenology, and continue working on developing a IPM program growers can use to manage this pest. 

Bill Hutchison
Laura Fricke Ph.D.

Genetics behind the host-microbe relationship within the parasitoid wasp Trichogramma pretiosum and its symbiont, Wolbachia.

Amelia Lindsey
Correy Hildebrand Ph.D.

It will most likely involve genomics and Necrobia rufipes. That’s all I know presently. I would love to do a smaller project related to VOCs and chemical attraction.

Stephen Kells
Aaron Irber M.S. Dan Cariveau
Megan Jones M.S.

Wolbachia genetics

Amelia Lindsey
August Kramer M.S.

Mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) and eastern five-spined ips (Ips grandicollis) dispersal in western Montana.

Brian Aukema
Rosa Tina Lozano Ph.D.

Insecticide resistance management for soybean aphid, using molecular techniques and understanding the growers practices. 

Robert Koch
Mary Marek Spartz Ph.D.

I am working on the garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) biocontrol effort, researching two Ceutorhynchus weevils from the plant's native range in Europe.

George Heimpel & Roger Becker
Gloria Melotto M.S.

Biological control of soybean gall midge. 

Bob Koch
Amelia Lindsey
James Menger M.S.

My research explores pyrethroid resistance in soybean aphid (Aphis glycines Matsumura). We've developed a rapid assessment bioassay for pyrethroid resistance in the soybean aphid and I'm hoping to pair that data with in-field insecticide efficacy that could aid growers in choosing effective management tools. I'll also be exploring accompanying fitness costs (or lack there of) that may be associated with pyrethroid resistance.

Robert Koch
Ismael Ramirez Moreno Ph.D.

Insect Biological Control for Conservation Biology

George Heimpel
Dora Mwangola Ph.D.

Associational protection and potential non-target effects of systemic insecticide treatments against emerald ash borer

Brian Aukema
Sally Nelson M.S.

I will be researching apple IPM, specifically the effectiveness of hail netting at excluding harmful insect pests from the apple crop.

Bill Hutchison
Corrie Nyquist Ph.D.

Winter emergence of Chironomidae in trout streams

Leonard Ferrington
Rose Picklo M.S.

Influence of temperature on developmental thresholds of the eastern larch beetle, Dendroctonus simplex.

Brian Aukema
Maggie Shanahan Ph.D.

Resin use and social immunity in honey bees and stingless bees

Marla Spivak
Cody Thorpe Ph.D.

My research interests are broadly centered around using molecular genetic and microscopy methods to understand the interactions between symbiotic bacteria, other microbes, and their arthropod hosts. More specifically, I am interested in the bacterial endosymbiont Wolbachia not only for its general medical importance in disease vector control but also for its ubiquitous nature in insects and the many unexplored interactions and phenomenons displayed in its wide host range.

Adam Toninato M.S.

IPM specifically of Japanese Beetles

Bill Hutchison
Henrique Victor Vieira M.S.

Integrated pest management solutions for crop production related to Western Corn Rootworm - Diabrotica virgifera virgifera - and Northern Corn Rootworm - Diabrotica barberi (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) focused on scouting alternative for growers.

Ken Ostlie
Jake Wittman Ph.D.

Dispersal of gypsy moth larvae

Brian Aukema

Graduate Students in Other Programs

Title Degree Areas of Interest Advisor
Alyssa Gooding Ph.D. George Heimpel
Alexandra Grace Haynes M.S. Brian Aukema
Katie Klett Ph.D. Marla Spivak
Jessica Rootes

I will be studying a native insect called the eastern spruce budworm, or Choristoneura fumiferana. This moth is a pronounced disturbance agent on Isle Royale, but has not yet been studied there. My dissertation research will study the population dynamics of spruce budworm in northern Minnesota and on Isle Royale, and whether or not wolf reintroduction to the island has helped facilitate the regeneration of Balsam fir within canopy gaps caused by spruce budworm by suppressing excessive moose browse.

Brian Aukema
Hailey Shanovich Ph.D. Brian Aukema