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Graduate Students

Olivia Smith

Olivia Smith
BS Siena Heights University, MS Ohio State U

Olivia is examining how local- and landscape-scale habitat features impact bird populations on vegetable and integrated-livestock farms.

Joseph Taylor

Joseph Taylor
BS Biology, Washington and Lee University

Joseph is using stable isotope & molecular gut-content analyses to track the feeding habits of predatory insects, to determine how/why predator diets differ in organic versus conventional farming systems.

Jessa Thurman

Jessa Thurman
BS Biology, Hendrix College

Jessa is interested in conservation biological control at the local and landscape scales. Jessa is completing a Fulbright year in Australia.

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Yang Ge

Yang Ge
Visiting PhD student from China Agricultural University, 2017-2018

Yang examined the genetic basis of host-plant use by a polyphagous herbivore, the potato psyllid.

Matt Jones

Matt Jones
PhD 2018

Matt looked at natural approaches to reducing food-safety risks on organic farms, and the ecology of human pathogens in farm soils. He currently is a postdoctoral scholar with Vince Jones at WSU-Wenatchee.

Tobin Northfield

Tobin Northfield
PhD 2011

Tobin examined predator complementarity and niche-breadth differences. He currently is an assistant professor in the Entomology Department at WSU (Dave Crowder is the other Snyder lab alum in a faculty position at Washington State).

Shawn Steffan

Shawn Steffan
PhD 2009

Shawn is currently an Associate Professor of Entomology and USDA Scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. more 

Ricardo Ramirez

Ricardo Ramirez 
PhD 2008

Ricardo examined the interactive effects of predators and pathogens. He now is an Associate Professor of Biology at Utah State University. more

Cory Straub

Cory Straub
PhD 2006

Cory examined predator biodiversity & herbivore suppression. Cory completed a postdoc at UW-Madison, and now is an Associate Professor of Biology at Ursinus College. more

Renee Prasad

Renee Prasad
PhD 2005

Renee examined the use of “beetle banks” for predator conservation. Currently, Renee is an Agriculture faculty member at the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia. more

Deirdre Prischmann-Voldseth

Deirdre Prischmann-Voldseth
PhD 2005

Deirdre studied mite biocontrol in wine grape vineyards. Currently, Deirdre is an Associate Professor of Entomology at North Dakota State University. more

Lessando Gontijo

Lessando Gontijo
PhD 2011

Lessando explored biological control of the woolly apple aphid. He now is an Assistant Professor of Entomology at the Universidad Federal de Vicosa (Brazil). more

Christine Lynch

Christine Lynch
PhD 2013

Christine used molecular gut-content analysis to study the feeding habits of predatory bugs. She is a scientist with USDA-APHIS based in Hawaii.

Elliott Moon

Elliott Moon
MS student in Statistics, 2013

Elliott examined the influence of landscape structure on pest and predator populations in potato. He now works as a statistical consultant in Seattle.

Joyce Parker

Joyce Parker
PhD 2012

Joyce explored trap cropping to control the crucifer flea beetle on organic vegetable farms. Joyce is Program Specialist at the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. more

Carmen Castillo Carrillo

Carmen Castillo Carrillo (PhD 2015)

Carmen examined the ecology of the potato psyllid, an insect that vectors zebra chip disease of potato, in agricultural and natural habitats. She is a Research Scientist studying potato agroecology at INIAP in Ecuador. more.

Amanda Meadows

Amanda Meadows (PhD 2016)

Amanda investigated the community ecology of medically-important mosquitoes, and how aquatic predators impact mosquito immune function. She is a postdoc at Oregon State University.

Karol Krey

Karol Krey (PhD 2017)
BS Entomology/Nematology at University of Florida

Karol examined how organic farming impacts plant “health” – the ability of crops to defend themselves against herbivores. She is currently a postdoctoral scholar with the USDA in Wapato, Washington.