We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Niranjana Krishnan will joining the Department of Entomology as an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist this coming Spring 2023. Niranjana joins us from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Her work focuses on invertebrate toxicology and risk assessment. In her current research project Niranjana employs the adverse outcome pathway (AOP) principle to estimate the risk of pesticide exposures to insects, particularly species of conservation concern. This is being undertaken via three research themes that incorporate in vitro, in vivo, and in silico methods - AOP development from molecular initiating events to organismal effects, AOP development from organismal to population level effects and AOP employment to inform interspecies extrapolation. When not in the lab Niranjana enjoy reading and writing about toxicology (check out her blog EnTox Simplified), visiting National Parks, hiking on trails with her husband & dog and volunteering for initiatives that help teach science and promote diversity and inclusion. Please join us in welcoming Niranjana to the Department!
In honor of #NationalPollinatorMonth the U.S. Department of Agriculture highlights the amazing work of an incredible person, Dr. Anahi Espindola, Asst Prof at the University of Maryland. Anahi shares details on current NIFA projects, provides sage advice to up and comers & promotes DEI.
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Entomology faculty member Dr. Kelly Hamby has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure effective August 2020!
Since joining the UMD Department of Entomology in 2014, Dr. Hamby has developed a nationally and internationally recognized research and extension program that focuses on characterizing spotted wing drosophila's interactions with yeast and fruit rot microorganisms and developing cultural control tactics for this invasive pest. Hamby’s lab is also evaluating the pest suppression benefits and non-target impacts of neonicotinoid seed treatments in mid-Atlantic grain crop rotations. In 2017, The Entomological Society of America recognized Dr. Hamby with the Early Career Professional Extension Award for her demonstrated contributions to entomology.
Dr. Leslie Pick has a new book out through Academic Press publishers titled Fly Models of Human Diseases. More information on her book can be found here. Check out the flyer below for more details!
Ear damage? In this case, we are not talking about listening to music too loud or standing too close to the speakers at a rock concert. Instead, Dr. Galen Dively, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Entomology, has unlocked the mystery shrouding the increased dmanage to ears of corn. Read more about Dively's study here.
Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp is one of two college employees named to Clarivate Analytics' 2016 list of Highly Cited Researchers (HCR). HCR is a comprehensive list of influential individuals in various scientific disciplines. More on the announcement can be found on the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) home page.