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Entomology
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
  • Dylan Parry; dparry@esf.edu
    population dynamics and evolutionary ecology of defoliating Lepidoptera and their natural enemies (predators, parasitoids, and pathogens), invasive species in forested environments, insect-plant interactions, conservation of moths and butterflies, forest entomology, biological control
  • Neil H. Ringler; neilringler@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

Current Students

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

Kristin DohertyKristin 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-AliHajar Faal-Mohammad-Ali
hfaalmoh@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Teale
Undergraduate Institute: University of Tehran (Plant Sciences (Exce)

Previous Graduate Study: Shahid Chamran University (Entomology and Paras)

Graduate Research Topic
Study of symbiotic fungi and a solitary parasitoid wasp, Ibalia leucospoides (Hym, Ibaliidae), associated with the invasive woodwasp, Sirex noctilio (Hym.: Siricidae).

Christopher FoelkerChristopher Foelker
cjfoelke@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Fierke
Undergraduate Institute: University of Wisc Madison* (Forestry and Related)

Previous Graduate Study: Northrn Arizona University (Forestry and Related)

Graduate Research Topic
Parasitism and community interactions of Sirex noctilio

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Laura HansenLaura Hansen
lehans01@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Teale

Michael JonesMichael Jones
mijone01@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Fierke and
Undergraduate Institute: University of Calif Davis (Environmental Science)

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Graduate Research Topic
Distribution and dispersal of the emerald ash borer.

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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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David NesbittDavid Nesbitt
djnesbit@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Parry

Michael ParisioMichael Parisio
mparisio@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fierke
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY Binghamton (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Classical Biological Control of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and Parasitoid Monitoring

Zachary SmithZachary Smith
zsmith@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Ringler

Tian XuTian 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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