Current Students

Anna Grommes (also lab manager)

  • MS project: chemical ecology of cerambycid and elaterid beetles

Lab Alumni

Todd Johnson

  • PhD 2019: The use of sensory information by cerambycids and their natural enemies to locate resources and mates
  • Postdoctoral research associate
  • Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
  • University of New Hampshire
  • Durham, NH

Linnea Meier

  • PhD 2018: Pheromone chemistry and reproductive isolation in the subfamily Lamiinae (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)
  • Postdoctoral researcher
  • Department of Entomology
  • Cornell University

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

Alexander Hazel

  • MS 2017: Identifying hosts of cerambycid beetles using palynology

Joe Wong

  • PhD 2016: Host plant associations and chemical ecology of the Cerambycidae
  • Entomologist
  • USDA-APHIS, Los Angeles, CA

Tom Schmeelk

  • MS 2015: Effect of trap height on abundance and species diversity of cerambycid beetles captured in forests of east-central Illinois
  • Entomologist 2
  • Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry
  • Maine Forest Service
  • Augusta, ME

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

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
  • Acting director, Centor for Urban Research, Engagement, & Scholarship
  • 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, San Diego, CA

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
  • University of California, Riverside

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
  • Technical Lead in Land Mangagement
  • EPRI, Knoxville, TN

Erin Grossman

  • MS 2003: Impact of tree water stress on herbivorous insects in urban ecosystems
  • National Policy Leader for Spotted Lanternfly
  • USDA-APHIS-PPQ, Frederick, MD

John Tooker

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

Matt Ginzel

  • MS, PhD 2003: Chemically-mediated mate location and recognition in longhorned beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)
  • Professor of Entomology, Forestry, and Natural Resources
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • website

Jodie A. Ellis

  • MS 2001: An evaluation of conservation biological control of evergreen bagworm (Lepidoptera: Psychidae)

Rob Moore

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

Alexander Hazel
Xander Hazel