Emily Shelby, M.S.


I am a developmental biologist interested in understanding the reproductive basis of adaptation and evolutionary change. Specifically, I ask questions about gametogenic mechanisms, plasticity of reproductive strategies, and the evolution of reproductive strategies in insects. The main focus of my research is investigating the functional role of DNMT1 during oogenesis in hemipterans. I am also collaborating with Dr. Jen Moss to develop target genes for sublethal RNAi-based pest management solutions.

About Me:

I am a first-generation student from Savannah, TN. I received my B.S. and M.S. in Biology from Mississippi State University before pursuing a Ph.D. in Entomology at the University of Georgia under the mentorship of Dr. Trish Moore. In addition to research, I enjoy teaching and participating in outreach events. I am currently Vice President of the H.O. Lund Club, a service- and social-oriented student organization composed primarily of graduate students in the Department of Entomology at UGA. Outside of the lab, I enjoy hiking, herping, collecting insects, and spending time with my three cats.