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Laboratory Director

Jason M. Schmidt, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Entomology
University of Georgia
2360 Rainwater Rd
Tifton, GA 31793
Ph: (229) 386-7251
Email: jschmid2@uga.edu

Research Gate

 

Research Technician

Melissa D. Thompson
I am a Research Technician III on the UGA Tifton Campus in the Entomology Department. I am interested in the biological control of arthropod pests and insect identification. My time is spent conducting molecular analysis, lab rearing insects,  managing pollinator gardens and coordinating field sampling. I also enjoy outreach to share information about beneficial insects in agricultural systems with the public and the grower community.

Post-Doctoral Research Associates

Arash Kheirodin
2020-

I am a landscape ecologist who is passionate about exploring complex trophic interactions within agricultural landscapes. My goal is to understand how natural enemies (e.g., predators and parasitoids) responds to the levels of complexity (low to a high proportion of non-crop area) in agricultural landscapes, and how that results in changes in herbivore abundance and crop yield.  Research interests: Landscape Ecology, Molecular Biology, Integrated Pest Management, Biological Control. Research gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Arash_Kheirodin

Graduate Students

Swikriti Pandey
MS 2019-

My interest lies in exploring the integrated pest management practices in the crop systems and exploring sustainable approaches to the agriculture production system leaning more towards horticultural crops. My research, currently, focuses on biological control of the key pests in tomato and understanding the trophic interactions between tomato plant traits, natural enemies and herbivores. I also like keeping up with climate change trends all over the world and understand its impacts on the developing countries. Research gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Swikriti_Pandey

Kylie M. Lennon
MS 2020-

I study natural enemy biodiversity and biological control of thrips in Vidalia onions systems.  I examine interactions between insects, crops, plant pathogens, weeds, and soil microbes, and test how various organic bactericides and weed cultivations alter these interactions.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Emmelie Milner

Emmelie Milner

Rachel Perez

Rachel Perez

Alumni-Graduate Students

Shereen Xavier

Shereen Xavier
MS 2018

Seth Whitehouse

Seth Whitehouse
MS 2017

Carson Bowers

Carson Bowers
MS 2019

Alumni-Undergraduate Assistants 

Pamela Halliday

Pamela Halliday

Dacee Blawn

Dacee Blawn

Andreas Contreras

Andreas Contreras

Justin Odum

Justin Odum

Katherine Russell

Katherine Russell

Abbie McBrayer

Abbie McBrayer