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M.S., M.P.S. & Ph.D.

Graduate study opportunities prepare students in the basic aspects of insect life and the role of insects in relation to humans and their environment.

The wide range of effects stemming from insect activity, from the beneficial to the deleterious, allows for a variety of research subjects in which insects play a major role. Thesis topics may concern insects that affect forests, shade trees and wood products, those relating to the health and well-being of humans, those playing key roles as parasites and predators of pest species, and those serving as food for many birds and vertebrate animals. Current research areas include population dynamics of forest defoliators, pheromone communications in beetles and moths, evolution of chemical communication, effects of forest practices on stream benthic insects, natural control of insects in forest systems and biochemistry of insect detoxification mechanisms.

Participating Faculty

  • Lawrence P. Abrahamson; labrahamson@esf.edu
    entomology, pathology, pesticides, vegetation management, forest insects
  • John D. Castello; jdcastello@esf.edu
    plant virology, viruses and mycoplasma in urban and forest tree decline, forest pathology, microbiology, insect vectors
  • Melissa K. Fierke; mkfierke@esf.edu
    forest entomology, forest ecology, invasive forest pests, insect-tree interactions, tree defenses
  • Brian F. Leydet; bfleydet@esf.edu
    infectious and vector-borne diseases, arthropods of veterinary and medical importance, vector biology, vector-pathogen-host interactions, disease ecology, molecular biology, epidemiology of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases
  • Dylan Parry; dparry@esf.edu
    Biological invasion, climate change, and conservation, primarily in the context of insects in forested ecosystems.
  • Neil H. Ringler; nhringle@esf.edu
    fish ecology and behavior, foraging behavior of fishes, salmon reproduction, vertebrate anatomy, aquatic insect ecology, stream ecology and management, aquatic and fisheries restoration, aquatic entomology
  • Stephen A. Teale; sateale@esf.edu
    forest entomology, insect behavior, pheromones of forest insects, insect ecology, pest management, chemical ecology, evolution of pheromone communications
  • J. Scott Turner; jsturner@syr.edu
    animal physiology, physiological ecology, thermal energetics, biology of body size, physiology of gas exchange

Current Graduate Students in Entomology


Only currently registered students appear—new student names are added at the start of the academic year.

Kristin Doherty

Kristin Doherty

kmdohert@syr.edu
Entomology
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Teale
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (Biology)

Graduate Research Topic
Chemical attractants of Philornis downsi [Diptera: Muscidae], an invasive parasite of birds in the Galapagos Islands.



Hajar Faal-Mohammad-Ali

Hajar Faal-Mohammad-Ali

hfaalmoh@syr.edu
Entomology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Teale

Graduate Research Topic
Solitary parasitoid wasp, Ibalia leucospoides (Hym., Ibaliidae) and the pathogenic fungus, Amylostereum areolatum, associated with the invasive European woodwasp, Sirex noctilio (Hym.: Siricidae)

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Laura Hansen

Laura Hansen

lehans01@syr.edu
Entomology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Teale


Chelsea Jahant-Miller

cjjahant@syr.edu
Entomology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Parry


Michael Jones

Michael Jones

mijone01@syr.edu
Entomology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Fierke
Undergraduate Institute: University of Calif Davis (Environmental Science)

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Graduate Research Topic
Managing invasive forest pests, using emerald ash borer as a model insect

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"If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right." -Henry Ford

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Rea Manderino

Rea Manderino

rmanderi@syr.edu
Entomology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Parry
Undergraduate Institute: University of Chicago (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: University of Virginia (Environmental Science)

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Graduate Research Topic
Understanding Compsilura concinnata densities, distribution drivers, and their effects on native moths in Northeastern forests.

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"Reality has a well-known liberal bias, and who can you count on to kowtow to Reality like it's the only game in town? Scientists." - Stephen T. Colbert



Erica McPhail

Erica McPhail

esmcphai@syr.edu
Entomology
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fierke
Undergraduate Institute: Hartwick College

Graduate Research Topic
Pollinating insects associated with power line right of ways



David Nesbitt

djnesbit@syr.edu
Entomology
Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Parry


Shannon Peterson

speter09@syr.edu
Entomology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Teale


Elizabeth Stieber

egstiebe@syr.edu
Entomology
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Ringler


Tian Xu

Tian Xu

txu01@syr.edu
Entomology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Teale

Previous Graduate Study: Nanjing Forestry University (Zoology )

Graduate Research Topic
Identification of female-produced pheromone in Asian Longhorn Beetle




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