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Postdoctoral Scientists

Mike Crossley
PhD Entomology, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Mike is interested in the ecology and evolution of how herbivores transition from being friendly, benign natives to damaging crop pests.

Amanda Meier
PhD Ecology and Evolution, University of Michigan

Amanda joined the lab in September 2018, after finishing her PhD with Mark Hunter at the University of Michigan. Amanda is interested in links between soil bacteria and fungi and plants’ ability to defend themselves against herbivores.

Postdoc Alumni

 

Carmen Blubaugh

Carmen Blubaugh
Postdoc in the lab from 2015-2017

Carmen examined interrelations among soil quality, plants’ ability to defend themselves against herbivore attack, and biological control. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Plant Sciences at Clemson University. more.

David Crowder

David Crowder
Postdoc in the lab from 2009-2012

Dave examined the importance of evenness, an often overlooked component of biodiversity. He stayed in the Entomology Department at WSU where he is an Associate Professor. more

Deborah Finke
Postdoc in the lab, 2006-2007

Debbie examined how consumer niche breadth mediates the relationship between predator diversity and biocontrol. She now is an Associate Professor in Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri. more

Emily Jones

Emily Jones
Postdoc in the lab from 2012-2013

Emily worked at the interface between evolution and biodiversity-ecosystem function. She now is an editor at Nature Communicationsmore

Randa Jabbour

Randa Jabbour 
Postdoc in the lab from 2009-2010

Randa studied the importance of entomopathogen biodiversity for natural pest control. Randa is an Assistant Professor of Agroecology at the University of Wyoming. more

Chris Phillips

Chris Phillips
Postdoc in the lab 2013-2014

Chris studied how biological control communities develop through time on organic farms. He now is an Assistant Professor of Entomology at the University of Minnesota. more

Gary Chang

Gary Chang
Postdoc in the lab 2003-2005

Gary studied predator communities on potato farms. He is an Associate Professor of Biology at Gonzaga University. more

Zhen “Daisy” Fu

Zhen “Daisy” Fu
PhD Plant Pathology, Clemson University

Daisy led research in a broad range of areas, including microbial community ecology, the molecular basis of plant defense, and insect/nematode population genetics. She now is a postdoc at Texas A&M University.