Seeking Cooperators! Insects in Agricultural Landscapes Project
We are seeking farmer cooperators in southern Lower Michigan for a summer 2020 study on Insects in Agricultural Landscapes. Our goal is to better understand how agricultural landscape structure influences insect biodiversity and services. Interested? Details about participating in the project can be found here (opens PDF)
2/5 We are seeking cooperators for a new insect project. Find out how you can get involved here
2/4 WE ARE HIRING MSU undergrads for summer 2020. Check out our flyer here!
12/5 Hop on over to our Publications page to see an updated list including our most recent pubs from 2019!
12/4/19 Phd student Ali Zahorec breaks down her passion for studying soil dwelling microarthopods in her published piece from MSU Today. Read it here
10/8/19 A blog post written by Ali Zahorec. A Peek at Life Under a Wheat Field: Reflections from an LTER Fellow. https://lter.kbs.msu.edu/2019/10/zahorec-2019/
8/13/19 Congratulations to Andrew Myers who successfully defended his PhD in July. We are proud of you Andrew!
6/6/19 Check out this Youtube video of Doug giving a talk at the Michigan Family Farms conference this past winter.
5/29/19 Nate and Doug recently wrote a perspective regarding the importance of disturbance to monarch butterfly conservation. It is open access and you may find it here: https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2019.00191
5/17/19 Check out this article written by our former research technician, Kelsi Kroll, where she wrote about the mowing for monarchs project. She also recorded an interview she did with two other former research techs on their experience doing field research for the Landis Lab!
5/15/19 Entomology Today featured a story on Andrew Myers' research on monarch oviposition preference and predation rates in different habitats. Read it Here!
5/15/19 Andrew Myers' paper entitled "Habitat Type Influences Danaus plexippus (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) Oviposition and Egg Survival on Asclepias syriaca (Gentianales: Apocynaceae)" was published last week in Environmental Entomology.
5/15/19 We have hired 5 new undergraduate research technicians for the summer! Welcome Shelby, Alison, Allissa, Lauren and Corrine! We look forward to a fun research filled field season!
3/26/19 Andrew Myers' paper entitled: Habitat type influences Danaus plexippus (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) oviposition and egg survival on Asclepias syriaca (Gentianales: Apocynaceae) will be published in Environmental Entomology. Look back here for the PDF when we have it!
3/12/19 Nate Haan (post-doc) just published a paper entitled: “Grassland disturbance increases monarch butterfly oviposition and decreases arthropod predator abundance.“ in Biological Conservation https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2019.03.007 and it was also featured on the MSU Today website https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2019/mowing-for-monarchs/
3/12/19 Allison Zahorec (PhD student) recently received a KBS LTER Summer Fellowship for her proposal entitled: “Evaluating Microarthropod Community Structure Across a Gradient of Agricultural Intensification.” Ali will be studying shifts in the communities of collembolans and soil mites after 30 years of managing a corn/soybean/wheat rotation under conventional, reduced-input and organic treatments. In addition, she will collect initial data on soil arthropod community assembly processes as we initiate a new perennial prairie strip manipulation in our low-input treatments.
3/12/19- Doug’s long term work on soybean aphid control by lady beetles was recently featured on the National Science Foundation’s LTER Network website https://lternet.edu/stories/lter-road-trip-plight-of-the-lady-beetles/
3/5/19-- ANDREW MYERS: WORKING THE NIGHT SHIFT article featured at MSUToday.
Why does Andrew Myers study monarch butterflies? Find out in this short Youtube video!
Congratulations to Sara Hermann who successfully defended her PhD dissertation this fall and to Paul Charland and Dan Gibson who successfully defended their Master's this past summer! Best Wishes to them and their future endeavors!
Congratulations Dr. Wills! The role of ants in north temperate grasslands: A review has been published in Oecologia!
Congratulations! Doug Landis was recently named a University Distinguished Professor. Check out the video featuring his work here. He also recently received the Distinguished Scientist Award, from the International Organization for Biological Control, Nearctic Regional Section (IOBC-NRS).