Graduate Students

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


Lab Manager

Judy Mongold-Diers, PhD

  • PhD 1992, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • jdiers@life.illinois.edu

Current Students

Todd Johnson (PhD candidate) [website]

  • Biology and chemical ecology of the natural enemies of cerambycid beetles
  • tdjohns2@illinois.edu

Linnea Meier (MS student) [website]

  • Volatile pheromones, synergists, and antagonists for cerambycid beetles of the subfamily Lamiinae
  • lrmeier2@life.illinois.edu

Tom Schmeelk (MS student) [website]

  • Volatile chemicals associated with fermentation that serve as host location cues for cerambycid beetles
  • schmeel2@illinois.edu

Joe Wong (PhD candidate) [website]

  • Volatile chemicals of plants that serve as host location cues for cerambycid beetles
  • wong62@life.illinois.edu

Lab Alumni

Christina Silliman, MS [website]

  • MS 2014: "Factors contributing to variation in cuticular hydrocarbon profiles of two species of longhorned beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)"
  • Phd candidate, Department of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • sillima2@illinois.edu

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 bacterial wilt of cucurbits"
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Arizona, Tucson
  • rfmitchell@email.arizona.edu

Ken Robinson, MS

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

Becca Striman, MS

  • 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
  • eegraham@fs.fed.us

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.
  • richardsonml@si.edu

Ann Ray, PhD [website]

  • PhD 2009: "Evolution and taxonomic distribution of volatile pheromones in cerambycine longhorned beetles"
  • MS 2005: "Predicted taxonomic patterns in pheromone production by cerambycid beetles"
  • Assistant Professor, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH
  • raya6@xavier.edu

Pete Reagel, PhD

  • PhD 2009: "Effects of natural enemies and host condition on populations of insect pests of trees"
  • MS PhD 1999: "Aggregation behavior and mate location in the red milkweed beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)"
  • Research Associate Postdoc, USDA APHIS PPQ CPHST Otis Laboratory, Buzzards Bay, MA
  • Peter.F.Reagel@aphis.usda.gov

Dominic Philpott, MS

  • 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

  • PhD 2007: "Chemical ecology of the Clytini (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)."
  • MS 2003: "Aggregation pheromone of the red-headed ash borer, Neoclytus acuminatus acuminatus (F.), (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)"
  • Staff Research Associate, University of California, Riverside, CA
  • emerson.lacey@ucr.edu

Em Kluger, MS

  • 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
  • ekluger@smithereen.com

Ashley Bennett, MS

  • MS 2003: "Conservation biological control of pine needle scale (Homoptera: Diaspididae) in ornamental landscapes"
  • R&D Scientist, Syngenta, Greensboro, NC
  • ashley.bennett@syngenta.com

Erin Grossman, MS

  • MS 2003: "Impact of tree water stress on herbivorous insects in urban ecosystems"
  • PPQ Officer/Instructor, USDA-APHIS-PPQ, Frederick, MD
  • Erin.M.Otto@aphis.usda.gov

John Tooker, PhD [website]

  • PhD 2003: "Multitrophic interactions in a prairie insect community: Ecology, behavior, and conservation"
  • MS 1999: "Natural enemy relations of pine needle scale (Homoptera: Diaspididae) in east central Illinois and the potential for conservation biological control"
  • Associate Professor, Penn State University, State College, PA
  • tooker@psu.edu

Matt Ginzel, PhD [website]

  • PhD 2003: "Chemically-mediated mate location and recognition in the longhorned beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)"
  • MS 1999: "Mate location and recognition in Xylotrechus colonus F. (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)"
  • Associate Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • mginzel@purdue.edu

Jodie A. Ellis, MS [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
  • jodie.ellis@agri.idaho.gov

Rob Moore, MS

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