Current Students

Todd Johnson (PhD student)

  • Biology and chemical ecology of cerambycid parasitoids
  • tdjohns2@illinois.edu
  • web page

Linnea Meier (PhD student)

  • Pheromone chemistry and ecology of the subfamily Lamiinae
  • lrmeier2@life.illinois.edu
  • web page

Lab Alumni

Natalie Diesel

  • MS 2017: 1-(1H-Pyrrol-2-yl)-1,2-propanedione is a crucial pheromone component of the rare North American cerambycid beetle Dryobius sexnotatus
  • Forest Health Specialist
  • Forestry Division, Missouri Dept. of Conservation
  • Columbia, MO
  • Natalie.Diesel@mdc.mo.gov

Alexander Hazel

  • MS 2017: Identifying hosts of cerambycid beetles using palynology

Joe Wong

  • PhD 2016: Host plant associations and chemical ecology of Cerambycidae
  • joseph.c.wong@gmail.com

Tom Schmeelk

  • MS 2015: Effect of trap height on abundance and species diversity of cerambycid beetles captured in forests of east-central Illinois
  • Entomological Assistant
  • Lands and Forests, New York Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Delmar, NY
  • Tom.schmeelk@dec.ny.gov

Christina Silliman

  • MS 2014: Factors contributing to variation in cuticular hydrocarbon profiles of two species of longhorned beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)
  • Coordinator for the Alumni Mentoring Program
  • School of Integrative Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • sillima2@illinois.edu

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
  • mitchellr@uwosh.edu
  • 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
  • eegraham@fs.fed.us

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
  • matthew.richardson@udc.edu

Annie Ray

  • MS, PhD 2009: Evolution and taxonomic distribution of volatile pheromones in cerambycine longhorned beetles
  • Associate Professor
  • Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH
  • raya6@xavier.edu
  • 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
  • Peter.F.Reagel@aphis.usda.gov

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
  • northglenn@comfortdental.biz

Emerson Lacey

  • MS, PhD 2007: Chemical ecology of the Clytini (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)
  • Staff Research Associate
  • University of California, Riverside
  • emerson.lacey@ucr.edu

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
  • eglasberg@clarke.com

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
  • abb@ad.nmsu.edu

Erin Grossman

  • 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

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

Matt Ginzel

  • MS, PhD 2003: Chemically-mediated mate location and recognition in longhorned beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)
  • Associate Professor
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • mginzel@purdue.edu
  • 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
  • jodie.ellis@agri.idaho.gov
  • website

Rob Moore

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