I am an MSU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental/Plant Biology. I decided to continue my education by perusing a master’s degree in entomology, working under Dr. Deb McCullough. I am researching the effects of the invasive pest Asian chestnut gall wasp (ACGW) on Michigan’s chestnut orchards in southwest Michigan. Throughout my project I will be monitoring their phenology, how different chestnut cultivars respond to them and how the introduced parasitoid effects their population. With the information I acquire during this study I want to develop an integrated management plan to reduce yield loss caused by ACGW while minimizing costs to the growers and negative effects on the environment.
Friend and mentor inspired Louise Labbate to pursue career in entomology
Published on July 24, 2020