Graduate Students in the Hanks Lab

August 2015 (Clockwise from left): Joe, Natalie, Judy (Lab Manager), Suzanne (tech), Xander, Todd, Linnea

Current Students

Natalie Diesel (MS student)


Alexander Hazel (MS student)

  • Analysis of pollen-feeding in the subfamily Cerambycinae
  • web page

Todd Johnson (PhD student)

  • Biology and chemical ecology of cerambycid parasitoids
  • web page

Linnea Meier (PhD student)

  • Pheromone chemistry and ecology of the subfamily Lamiinae
  • web page

Lab Alumni

Joe Wong

  • PhD 2016: "Host plant associations and chemical ecology of Cerambycidae"

Tom Schmeelk

  • MS 2015: "Effect of trap height on abundance and species diversity of cerambycid beetles captured in forests of east-central Illinois"
  • Entomologist Assistant
  • New York Department of Environmental Conservation

Christina Silliman

  • MS 2014: "Factors contributing to variation in cuticular hydrocarbon profiles of two species of longhorned beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)"
  • PhD student, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Rob Mitchell

  • MS, PhD 2012: "Chemical communication in cerambycid beetles and the molecular basis of olfaction"
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
  • website

Ken Robinson

  • MS 2011 (Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology): "Avoidance of cross-attraction among sympatric and synchronic species of cerambycid beetles that share pheromone components"
  • Associate Scientist, AbbVie Pharmaceuticals, Abbott Park, IL

Becca Striman

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

Liz Graham

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

Matthew Richardson

  • PhD 2009: "Species composition and genetic structure of grassland plant communities and their influence on spiders and herbivorous insects"
  • Assistant Director of Urban Agriculture, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC

Annie Ray

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

Pete Reagel

  • MS, PhD 2009: "Effects of natural enemies and host condition on populations of insect pests of trees"
  • Entomologist, USDA-APHIS-PPQ, Laredo, TX

Dominic Philpott

  • MS 2007: "Molecular validation of a morphological character for distinguishing between the armored scale insects Chionaspis pinifoliae and C. heterophyllae (Hemiptera: Diaspididae)"
  • Dentist, Comfort Dental, Northglenn, CO

Emerson Lacey

  • MS, PhD 2007: "Chemical ecology of the Clytini (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)"
  • Staff Research Associate, UC Riverside, Riverside, CA

Emily Kluger Glasberg

  • 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)"
  • Key Account Manager/Entomologist, Clarke, Chicago, IL

Ashley Bennett

  • MS 2003: "Conservation biological control of pine needle scale (Homoptera: Diaspididae) in ornamental landscapes"
  • Assistant professor, New Mexico State University, Cooperative Extension Service, Los Lunas, NM

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

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

Matt Ginzel

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

Jodie A. Ellis

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

Rob Moore

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