Dr. Nicole Benda

Dr. Nicole Benda

Postdoctoral Associate



I grew up in south Florida. I earned a B.S. in Botany from University of Florida in 2000 and a Ph.D. in Entomology from North Carolina State University in 2007. In the labs of Fred Gould and Coby Schal, I investigated the oviposition behavior of a specialist noctuid moth, Heliothis subflexa. As a post-doc, I have worked on the small hive beetle Aethina tumida and its associated yeast, and chemical ecology of nematodes at USDA-ARS-CMAVE. In the Liburd lab, I am working to identify chemical oviposition cues of the blueberry gall midge, Dasineura oxycoccana. In my free time, I love exploring the world with my children, reading, cooking (and eating!), and camping.

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