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Laboratory Director

Dr. Jason SchmidtJason M. Schmidt, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Entomology
University of Georgia
2360 Rainwater Rd
Tifton, GA 31793
Ph: (229) 386-7251

Research Gate

Research Technician

Melissa Thompson and kids Melissa Thompson gardenMelissa 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 in the lab rearing insects for different projects and managing field sampling. I also enjoy outreach to share information about beneficial insects in agricultural systems with the public and the grower community.

Graduate Students

Shereen XavierShereen Xavier
MS Student beginning Fall 2015
Spatial context, trophic interactions, and ecosystem services influencing within field and border habitat management
USDA Funded project

Seth WhitehouseSeth Whitehouse
Research Assistant
University of Georgia
Project – Southeast blueberry biocontrol

Carson Bowers
Research Assistant
University of Georgia
Project – Cover cropping effects on ecosystem services and production

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Pamela Halliday
Pamela Halliday
Diversified Agriculture Major
Tifton, GA

Dacee BlawnDacee Blawn
Dacee Blawn is a sophomore at UGA, majoring in fisheries and wildlife. She plans on working on research pertaining to Aquaponics and self sustaining systems. This summer, Dacee sorted insect samples to determine if a particular bug trap method currently being used in the northwestern U.S. could provide useful information in the South Georgia region.

Andreas Contreras
Andreas Contreras
Associate of Science and Medicine, ABAC 2016
Pursuing BS in Chemistry
Valdosta State University
Valdosta, GA

Justin Odum
Justin Odum
B.S. Diversified Agriculture, 2016

Katherine Russell
Katherine Russell
University of Georgia – Athens, GA
BS Ecology, Odum School of Ecology
Expected graduation: May 2018