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Entomology Area of Study for M.S., M.P.S. or Ph.D. in Environmental and Forest Biology

  • butterfly
  • gathering samples from a tree
  • gathering samples from a tree
  • a insect
  • gathering samples
  • preparing petri dishes
  • gathering samples
  • Two bugs
  • gathering soil samples
  • adjusting a structure
  • studying data in the lab
  • a tree
  • gathering samples
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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

  • 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@esf.edu
    animal physiology, physiological ecology, thermal energetics, biology of body size, physiology of gas exchange

Current Graduate Students in Entomology


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Kristin Doherty

Kristin Doherty

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

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



Danielle Dryer

Danielle Dryer

dldryer@syr.edu
Entomology
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Teale
Undergraduate Institution: Cornell University

Graduate Research Topic
The identification and analysis of chemical attractants for the management of Philornis downsi, an invasive parasitic fly species 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)

Favorite Quote
MOVE FORWARD



Laura Hansen

Laura Hansen

lehans01@syr.edu
Entomology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Teale
Undergraduate Institution: SUNY College at Geneseo (Biochemistry)

Graduate Research Topic
I study the chemical ecology of Asian Longhorned Beetle and Citrus Longhorned Beetle with the goal of identifying attractive host volatiles and developing a monitoring lure.



Abigail Jago

Abigail Jago

ajjago@syr.edu
Entomology
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fierke
Undergraduate Institution: Suny College Oswego (Zoology)

Favorite Quote
"I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams, and endeavors to live the life which they have imagined, they will meet with success unexpected in common hours." - Thoreau in Walden, or Life in the Woods (1854)



Chelsea Jahant-Miller

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


Rea Manderino

Rea Manderino

rmanderi@syr.edu
Entomology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Parry
Undergraduate Institution: 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.

Favorite Quote
"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



David Nesbitt

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


Shannon Peterson

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