Graduate Students in the Hanks Lab

Hanks Lab at the Black Dog, December 2013 (l to r): Tom, Christina, Linnea, Judy (Lab Manager), Todd, Joe

Current Students

Todd Johnson (PhD) [website]

  • Biology and chemical ecology of cerambycid parasitoids

Linnea Meier (PhD) [website]

  • Effects of habitat fragmentation on longhorned beetle community ecology

Tom Schmeelk (MS) [website]

  • Feeding ecology of longhorned beetles

Christina Silliman (MS) [website]

  • Individual variation in cuticular hydrocarbon profiles of cerambycids

Joe Wong (PhD) [website]

  • Feeding ecology of longhorned beetles

Lab Alumni

Rob Mitchell, PhD [website]

  • PhD 2012: "Chemical communication in cerambycid beetles and the molecular basis of olfaction."
  • MS 2008: "Insect frass as a means of transmission for the b acterial wilt of cucurbits."
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Arizona, Tucson

Ken Robinson

  • MS 2011: "Avoidance of cross-attraction among sympatric and synchronic species of cerambycid beetles that share pheromone components."

Becca Striman

  • MS 2010: "Seasonal and diel periodicity of Cerambycid beetles in east-central Illinois: the potential for cross attraction."
  • PhD student, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Liz Graham, PhD

  • PhD 2010: "Host plant relationships and chemical communication in the cerambycidae."
  • Entomologist, USDA Forest Service, Juneau, AK

Matthew Richardson, PhD [website]

  • PhD 2009: "Species composition and genetic structure of grassland plant communities and their influence on spiders and herbivorous insects."
  • Research Scientist, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Washington, DC.

Ann Ray, PhD [website]

  • MS, PhD 2009: "Evolution and taxonomic distribution of volatile pheromones in cerambycine longhorned beetles."
  • Assistant Professor, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH

Pete Reagel, PhD

  • MS, PhD 2009: "Effects of natural enemies and host condition on populations of insect pests of trees."
  • Research Associate Postdoc, USDA APHIS PPQ CPHST Otis Laboratory, Buzzards Bay, MA

Dominic Philpott

  • MS 2007: "Molecular validation of a morphological character for distinguishing between the armored scale insects Chionaspis pinifoliae and C. heterophyllae (Hemiptera: Diaspididae)."
  • Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, Edwardsville, IL

Emerson Lacey, PhD

  • MS, PhD 2007: "Chemical ecology of the Clytini (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)."
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, UC Riverside, Riverside, CA

Em Kluger

  • MS 2007: "Effects of habitat fragmentation and host plant community composition on genetic structure and population dynamics of the prairie-endemic weevil Haplorhynchites aeneus (Boehman)."
  • Corporate Account Manager, Smithereen Pest Management Services, Chicago, IL

Ashley Bennett, PhD [website]

  • MS 2003: "Conservation biological control of pine needle scale (Homoptera: Diaspididae) in ornamental landscapes."
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Erin Grossman

  • MS 2003: "Impact of tree water stress on herbivorous insects in urban ecosystems."
  • PPQ Officer/Instructor, USDA-APHIS-PPQ, Frederick, MD

John Tooker, PhD [website]

  • MS, PhD 2003: "Multitrophic interactions in a prairie insect community: Ecology, behavior, and conservation."
  • Assistant Professor, Penn State University, State College, PA

Matt Ginzel, PhD [website]

  • MS, PhD 2003: "Chemically-mediated mate location and recognition in longhorned beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)."
  • Associate Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Jodie A. Ellis [website]

  • MS 2001: "An evaluation of conservation biological control of evergreen bagworm (Lepidoptera: Psychidae)."
  • Executive Director, Board of Veterinary Medicine, State of Idaho, Boise, ID

Rob Moore

  • MS 2001: "Dispersal and population regulation of the evergreen bagworm, Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis (Haworth) (Lepidoptera: Psychidae)"
  • Medical Entomologist, US Army (retired)