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Entomology and Nematology Department

Entomology and Nematology Department

Masters and Doctoral Graduates

Masters and Doctoral Graduates 2014

Name Thesis/Dissertation Title Advisor Degree

Blosser, Eric

Testing Plasticity of Developmental Strategy in the Aquatic Dipteran
Larvae of Corethrella appendiculata

Lounibos Ph.D.

Buckner, Eva

The Larval Environment and Vector Competence of Aedes aegypti
and Aedes albopictus Mosquitoes for Dengue-1 virus

Lounibos Ph.D.

Conn, Morgan


Gillett-Kaufman M.S.

Estep, Alden

Phototransduction and Circadian Systems in the Eyeless
Predatory Mite, Metaseiulus occidentalis

Hoy M.S.

Graham, Jason

Monitoring Tunnel-Nesting, Solitary Bees and Wasps in North
Central Florida Using Artificial Nesting Habitats

Ellis Ph.D.

Gruner, Sue

Development and Phenological Modeling of the Oriental Latrine Fly,
Chrysomya Megacephala (Diptera: Calliphoridae)

Capinera Ph.D.

Gu, Mengyi

Efficacy of Potential Nematicides for Golf Courses in Florida

Crow M.S.

Guerrero, Sarahlynne

The Development and Evaluation of Biorational Dips on Ornamental
Cuttings Infested With the Madeira Mealybug,
Phenacoccus madeirensis (Green)

Hodges M.S.

Helmey, Wendy

Effects of Environmental Variation on Mating Behavior in a Stink Bug,
Murgantia histrionica (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae)

Miller Ph.D.

Idsardi, Robert

The Cell Membrane as a Possible Target for Evolution of Cold Hardiness

Hahn M.S.

Jia, Qianju


Kawahara M.S.

Kelly, Paula


Hodges M.S.

Kutsuwa, Kanan

Investigation on a Sting Nematode, Belonolaimus longicaudatus,
an Emerging Pathogen of Peanut in Florida

Dickson M.S.

Lahey, Zachary

Parasitoids of an Invasive Bemisia tabaci Species
(Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) in Southwest Florida:
Faunal Composition, Host-Plant Associations,
and Interspecific Competition

Stansly M.S.

Larson, Nicholas

Evaluation of Novel Potassium Channel-Directed Compounds as
New Mosquitocides for Control of Aedes aegypti and Anopheles

Bloomquist M.S.

Lopez, Lorena

Use of Amblyseius swirskii for Biological Control of
Polyphagotarsonemus latus in High-Tunnel Peppers in Florida

Smith M.S.

Padron- Martinez, Pablo

Molecular Phylogeny and Biogeography of the
Genus Catasticta (Butler, 1870)

Wilmott Ph.D.

Pathak, Ekta

Diversity of Nematophagous Fungi Populations and Their
Relevance to the Regulation of Entomopathogenic Nematodes
in Florida Citrus Orchards

Duncan Ph.D.

Pomerantz, Aaron

Identification and Analysis of Potential Sex-Determination Genes
in Metaseiulus occidentalis (Acari: Phytoseiidae)

Hoy M.S.

Ray, Haleigh

Evaluation of the Predacious Mite Hemicheyletia wellsina
(Acari: Cheyletidae) as a Predator of Arthropod Pests of Orchids

Hoy M.S.

Razze, Janine

Investigating IPM Tactics to Reduce Pest and Disease
Incidence and Increase Marketable Yields in
Organic Squash Production

Liburd Ph.D.

Reed, Casey

Investigation of Host Plant Volatiles for Attracting and
Trapping Pepper Weevil

McAulane M.S.

Sekora, David

The Effect of Transgenic Endogenous Defense Elicitors in
Arabidopsis on Root-Knot Nematodes, Meloidogyne incognita

Mengistu M.S.

Somjee, Ummat

Sexual Selection in Changing Environments

Miller M.S.

Tofangsazi, Nastaran

Development of an IPM Program for the Tropical Sod
Webworm Herpetogramma Phaeopteralis Guenee

Arthurs Ph.D.

Xia, Tian


Leibee M.S.

Zagvazdina, Nina

Atmospheric Pressure Changes Are Associated with
Differences in Calling, Mate-Seeking, and Light-Attraction
Behaviors of Diaphorina citri (Hemiptera: Liviidae)

Mankin M.S.