Field Crop Entomology
Aaron is working to better understand the rice stink bug, Oebalus pugnax, and the damage it is capable of causing a variety of crops commonly grown in Arkansas, and also how to more efficiently sample for this pest in rice.
Insect Genetics Lab
Dylan is using molecular diagnostics to detect the presence of various parasites and pathogens of honey bees in samples from Arkansas and Oklahoma. Specifically, she is detecting for Nosema apis, Nosema ceranae, Spiroplasma melliferum, Spiroplasma apis, Crithidia mellificae, Lotmaria passim, and Varroa destructor.
Acari Phylogenetics and Systematics
Whitney is working on a monograph for North American species in the genus Monatractides (Torrenticolidae).
Nocturnal Moth Pollinators in Fruit Production
Stephen is working to identify the role of nocturnal moth pollinators in fruit production. This group of pollinators is virtually unexplored in agriculture, and Stephen hopes to provide some insight into this system.
Honey Bee Health
Jon investigates the effects of agricultural chemicals on honey bee health.
Spotted Wing Drosophila
Rosalee works with an invasive fruit fly pest spotted wing drosophila (SWD), (Drosophila suzukii) to better understand how and where they are overwintering in Arkansas. She is also working to see if an entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana can be used to help control this pest.
Fall Armyworm in Rice
Layton is working with the Fall armyworm in rice to evaluate the damage caused at different growth stages and also trying to developing a threshold for farmers and consultants to use around Arkansas.
Honey Bee Trypanosomes
MaryKate studies honey bee trypanosomes from managed and feral honey bee populations in the United States using molecular techniques. One goal of her thesis is to determine the prevalence of Crithidia mellificae and Lotmaria passim. In a future study she plans to determine pathogen longevity and an infectious dose of trypanosomes for honey bees.