Apart from the Entomology Graduate Program (ENTM), graduate students advised by faculty members in the Department of Entomology may be enrolled in the Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences Graduate Program (MEES) or in one concentration areas within the Biological Sciences Graduate Program (BISI), including:
Helen Craig, MS student, Lamp Lab
Research: The intersection of entomology and sustainability. Specifically, using cricket protein as a dietary supplement for dairy cattle to reduce the amount of methane they produce while maintaining quantity and quality of their dairy products.
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Maria Cramer (she/her), PhD Candidate, Hamby Lab | ResearchGate
Research: I am studying prophylactic insect pest management and its impact on biocontrol in field corn. My field work includes researching the effects of neonicotinoids and pyrethroids on seedling pests and natural enemies with a focus on slug biocontrol. In the laboratory, I am testing RNAi multi-trophic risks for a native lady beetle and building on my field work by studying the chemically-mediated interactions between slugs and slug-predatory carabid beetles. The overall goal of my research is to increase the sustainability of corn production in the Mid-Atlantic through a better understanding of how management and natural enemies interact.
Benjamin Gregory (he/him), PhD Student, Fritz Lab
Research: How the built environment shapes animal evolution, and how urban infrastructure can be designed to facilitate more mutualistic interactions between people and wildlife. Aims to uncover patterns of adaptive genomic divergence and gene flow among Culex pipiens assemblage members along an urban-rural gradient in greater Washington, D.C.
Margaret Hartman, MS Student, Lamp Lab
Research: Studying the application of Odonata, specifically damselflies, as biological control agents in enclosed systems such as greenhouses and aquaponics.
Leo Kerner (he/him), MS Student, Hooks Lab
Research: Working with red clover as a living mulch and its effects on herbivorous arthropod, natural enemy, and weed diversity in cantaloupe crops. Then, examining how this low-disturbance method affects fruit yield and time spent weeding to maximize productivity for growers.
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Theresa Menna, PhD Student, CBBG, Fritz Lab
Research: A primary objective of Menna’s research is to characterize the genetic basis for host preference using the northern house mosquito, Culex pipiens.
Brendan Randall, MS Student, Burghardt Lab
Research: Studying the legume-rhizobium mutualism in soybean plants and its effects on trophic interactions as well as potential mechanisms for enhancing pest management strategies in agroecosystems