Department of Entomology

Student News



  • Kevin Welzel (PHD student with Dr. Dong-Hwan Choe) was featured in the just released 9th edition of Campbell Biology: Concepts and Connections. Kevin conducts research on ant pheromones and novel methods for control of urban ants.                                                       welzel
  • "Congratulations to our award winning students at the national Entomological Society of America Meeting. John Hash, First Place, Student Poster Competition, Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity Section. Elizabeth Murray, Second Place, Student 10 Minute Paper Competition, Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity Section.Adena Why, First Place, Student 10 minute Paper Competition, Medical, Urban & Veterinary Entomology Section. Jason Mottern, First Place, Student Competition, International Society of Hymenopterists."
  • Please join us in congratulating the following Entomology graduate students for recent awards they have received during Spring quarter 2011. This is a very impressive listing of what our graduate students have achieved. Click here.
  • Congratulations to Dale Halbritter! Dale received one of ten inaurgural UCR Science Circle Student Awards in Excellence. The award is given to acknowledge the innovation and high achievements of the top undergraduate students in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences performing individual mentored research. Dale is examining how microclimatic factors affect two key poultry ectparasites, the body louse and the northern fowl mite. Using imaginative bioassays presenting harborage or gradients of light, heat, and humidity, Dale has helped explain why lice and mites are found in specific body regions or are problems in certain seasons (e.g. mites in cool weather). For example, based on Dale's work, the high ambient temperatures of summer probably stress mites by making it hard for them to locate temperatures in their preferred range (30 C).

  • Ms. Kim Hung Receives Highly Competitive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship - Filth flies are associated with the mechanical transmission of human and animal pathogens, and are implicated in the movement of pathogens from animals to human food crops. It has been hypothesized that filth flies are attracted to human food crops by volatiles associated with honeydew, sugary excretions produced by sap-feeding insects, like aphids, which infest food crops.  The source of these attractive volatile compounds is currently unknown, though is perhaps related to microbiota associated with the honeydew. Kim is currently working with Drs. Gerry and Millar (at UCR) who, in collaboration with faculty at Oklahoma State University and UC Davis, hope to identify fly-attractive volatile compounds associated with honeydew.  Kim’s NSF funded research will expand on these studies to specifically test the hypothesis that endosymbionts of sap-feeding insects alter honeydew composition and volatile production, thereby affecting honeydew and food crop attractiveness to pathogen-carrying flies.       
                                                 kim hung                   
  • Chris Wheeler in Ring Carde's lab received Honorable Mention on his NSF Graduate Research Fellowship application.  It is a very competitive program and the "Honorable Mentions" are hard to get and very worthy our congratulations.  Please join me in giving Chris a warm Departmental "Congrats!".

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