Debbie Finke (she/her)
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Division of Plant Sciences
University of Missouri
Email: finked [at] missouri.edu
Kyle Paddock (he/his)
Kyle is a USDA-NIFA predoctoral fellow interested in the evolution and ecology of insect-microbe interactions. His current work focuses on how agricultural management practices affect western corn rootworm microbiomes.
Email: paddockk [at] mail.missouri.edu
Jared is interested in Missouri bumble bee communities and their floral resource usage. His main project investigates the effects that seed source has on bumble bee visitation to native wildflowers.
Email: jmbmdb [at] mail.missouri.edu
Leah is a MU Life Science Fellow. Her research focuses on the pollination and biocontrol services of syrphid flies. She's interested in developing methods to maximize these ecosystem services in crop environments.
Email: lg7mb [at] mail.missouri.edu
Josh is a student of melittology, botany, and community ecology with the goal of being a regional expert in these fields. His current research is focused on the effects of landscape disturbance and restoration on bee and wasp communities. He is an avid wildlife photographer and all-around bug nut.
Email: jpkhr9 [at] missouri.edu
Terry Woods studies best practices for the establishment and management of bumble bee and monarch habitat. He is heavily involved with pollinator outreach and education around the state.
Emma is an undergraduate researcher studying the behavioral interactions between aphids and their natural enemies.
Project title: Consequences of plant water limitation for aphids, their natural enemies, and insect communities
Project title: Predator diversity impacts herbivore abundance and behavior with cascading effects on the prevalence of a vector-borne plant pathogen
Project title: Mechanisms of non-consumptive effects of parasitoid wasps on aphid populations: enhancing aphid suppression by increasing natural enemy and plant diversity
Project title: Quantifying the effects of insectary plants on the abundance of natural enemies: implications for controlling insect pests in an organic cabbage eco-system?
Project title: Potential vectors of Grapevine Red Blotch Virus in Missouri
Project title: Historical, landscape and resource influences on the coccinellid community in Missouri
Project title: Habitat manipulations to enhance abundance and diversity of native bees in Helianthus annuus
Project title: Grasshopper and bee communities on Missouri prairies: comparing remnants and reconstructions
Camila de Oliveira (2009-2011) A negative effect of a pathogen on its vector? A plant pathogen increases the vulnerability of its vector to attack by natural enemies
Andrew Fill (2010-2011) Non-consumptive effects of a natural enemy on a non-prey herbivore population
Jeb Newman (2010) Do predator non-consumptive and consumptive effects scale with density in the same manner?
Kathryn Ingerslew (2011-2012) Parasitoid interactions mediated by non-consumptive effects
Joe Krauska (2014-2015) The contribution of non-consumptive effects to the biological control of pest caterpillars
Tanner Leslie (2016-2018) Optimizing the use of cover crops to suppress weeds, enhance soil health, and attract beneficial insects in an organic watermelon system
Harper Smith (2017-2018) Effect of abiotic stress on parasitoid-host interactions
Mason Ward (2018-2022) Say yes to the host: The effects of drought on parasitoid wasp behavior
Kelsi Glover (2020-2021) Host plant species impact on prey susceptibility