MSU Entomology’s 2021 standout students and staff

Congratulations to these Department of Entomology students and staff who were outstanding despite the challenges of the 2020-2021 pandemic restrictions.

Rhodes (Gene) Thompson Endowed Fellowship in Entomology

Amanda Howland is a doctoral student with Marisol Quintanilla-Tornel. She is researching controlling plant-parasitic nematodes, specifically the northern root-knot nematode, Meloidogyne hapla, on daylilies.

Amanda Howland
Amanda Howland

Department of Entomology Outstanding MS Award

Ariana Hernandez is graduating with her MS degree summer semester 2021. She has been working with Matt Grieshop researching the winter morph of spotted wing Drosophila (SWD).

Ariana Hernandez
Ariana Hernandez

Department of Entomology Outstanding Student Award in Extension

Jennifer Zavalnitskaya graduated with her MS degree spring 2021 and will be continuing in the department as a doctoral student with Zsofia Szendrei. Her research interests include plant-insect interactions, insect behavior, integrated pest management and agroecology.

Jennifer Zavalnitskaya
Jennifer Zavalnitskaya

Robert R. Dreisbach Endowed Fellowship in Entomology and Department of Entomology Outstanding PhD Award

Zinan Wang is a doctoral student with Henry Chung and his research focuses on the genetic mechanisms underlying desiccation resistance in desert fruit flies.

Zinan Wang
Zinan Wang

Department of Entomology Eugenia McDaniel Award

Nicole Wonderlin is a doctoral student with Peter White. Her research is exploring how moth populations are distributed in gardens throughout urban environments with emphasis on flower visiting guilds.

Nicole Wonderlin
Nicole Wonderlin

Roger and Barbara Hoopingarner Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Entomology

Jenna Walters is working on her PhD with Rufus Isaacs and is studying the impacts of extreme heat on blueberry pollination.

Jenna Walters
Jenna Walters

Paul Wooley Endowed Fellowship in Entomology

Natalie Constancio is a master’s student with Zsofia Szendrei and is developing an integrated pest management program for onion thrips in onion fields in Michigan.

Natalie Constancio
Natalie Constancio

Department of Entomology Outstanding Staff Award

Elizabeth “Lizz” D’Auria is a former lab manager and research technician for Doug Landis’ lab. She has relocated to New York and will be job hunting there.

Elizabeth DAuria
Lizz D'Auria

Gordon E. Guyer Endowed Fellowship in Aquatic Entomology

Joe Receveur will graduate with his PhD summer semester 2021. Under the direction of Eric Benbow, Receveur’s research has been evaluating the microbial communities of various aquatic habitats and how these communities influence development and behavior of aquatic insects.

Joe Receveur
Joe Receveur

Merritt Endowed Fellowship in Entomology

Alexandra Bauer is a doctoral student with Eric Benbow. Her research interests include how insects impact our lives through their involvement in decomposition, disease transmission and nutrient recycling.

Alex Bauer
Alex Bauer

Department of Entomology Outstanding Undergraduate Award

Osten Eschedor is an entomology major and is working with Doug Landis’ field research summer 2021. She plans to pursue an MS degree in entomology after she graduates.

Osten Eschedor
Osten Eschedor

Department of Entomology Outstanding Postdoc Award

Andrea Glassmire is now a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Biological Sciences at Louisiana Sate University in Baton Rouge working with James Cronin. She worked with Will Wetzel during her time here at MSU.

Andrea Glassmire
Andrea Glassmire

Department of Entomology Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. John Wallace received his PhD from the Department of Entomology in 1997. He is a professor in the Department of Biology and Director of the Millersville University Center for Environmental Sciences at Millersville University.

Hutson Research Proposal

Master of Science recipient

Natalie Constancio for the proposal titled “Assessing action thresholds of organic insecticides on bulb yield in onion fields.”

Natalie Constancio
Natalie Constancio

Doctor of Philosophy recipient

Amanda Howland for the proposal titled “Determining alternative management strategies to control nematodes in daylily production.”

Amanda Howland
Amanda Howland

Olsen Undergraduate Entomology Proposal

Allison Fisher for the proposal titled “Drosophila suzukii response to 11-cis Vaccenyl Acetate.”

J.E. and Jean M. McPherson Travel Awards for the 2020 Annual Entomological Society Virtual Meeting

  • Brianna Alred
  • Ellie Camerato
  • Natalie Constancio
  • Brianna Foster
  • Kayleigh Hauri
  • Shelley Linder
  • Jessika Maas
  • Omar Posos-Parra
  • Olivia Simaz
  • Jennifer Zavalnitskaya
Brianna Alred
Brianna Alred
Ellie Camerato
Ellie Camerato
Natalie Constancio
Natalie Constancio
Kayleigh Hauri
Kayleigh Hauri
Shelley Linder
Shelley Linder
Omar Posos-Parra
Omar Posos-Parra
Jennifer Zavalnitskaya
Jennifer Zavalnitskaya

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