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6119 Comstock Hall
Dept. of Entomology
Ithaca, NY 14853-2601
Current Members of the Lab
David graduated from Cornell with a degree in Plant Science, then worked in California for BrightView Landscape Management, before moving back to Ithaca to join the Hajek Lab in August 2016 to help with various projects. In 2017 he left for a temporary volunteer position in India, returning to the Hajek Lab in June 2018, where he has been focusing on Sirex nematode research.
Sana Gardescu, Ph.D.
Since 2006 Sana has been rearing Asian longhorned beetles in a quarantine lab for biological control experiments, and also works at the Insect Diagnostic Lab. After studying sugar maple seedling insects and diseases for her Ph.D., she was a Research Associate in Cornell’s Ecology department, co-authoring a guide to plant communities & list of plant species for the Finger Lakes region.
Eric Clifton, Ph.D.
Eric came from Iowa to Ithaca in August 2017 to work on Asian longhorned beetle biological control and compare the flight abilities of healthy ones with beetles infected with Metarhizium brunneum. In 2018-2019 he also has been testing biological control fungi on the invasive Spotted Lanternfly, and investigating native fungal pathogens affecting that species within the region of Pennsylvania infested with that species. He completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in Entomology at Iowa State University, where he studied entomopathogenic fungi and integrated pest management.