Principal Investigator


Dr. Jennifer Thaler, Professor

Graduate Students

                                                                  Nicholas Aflitto

I am broadly interested in sensory ecology. Currently I am studying the non-consumptive effects of predator-prey interactions, where fear of predation induces a defensive response in prey causing behavioral and physiological changes. My specific goals are to quantify these effects in agricultural systems and to learn more about their ecological function and impact on crop damage.

   Julie Davis

I am interested in multi-species drivers of plant trait evolution. My research looks at how antagonists and mutualists simultaneously shape anti-herbivore defense and pollinator attraction strategies.


Undergraduate Students

                                                        Angeliki Cintron


I am exploring a variety of research interests, especially those related to pollinator conservation. I am currently researching the effects of wild pollinator ecosystem services on crop yield.

Zain Lugay


Undergraduate Alumni
Abby Dittmar
Christina Zhao
Emma Weisseburg
Tait Stevenson,
Ari Grele- PhD Student, Department of Biology, University of Nevada, Reno
Fiona MacNeill- PhD Student, Department of Integrative Biology, UT Austin
George Stack-PhD Student, Plant Science, Cornell
Sheyla Finkner-Associate molecular scientist at MilliporeSigma
Jose Rangel
Danielle Rutkowski-PhD Student, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis
Marina Mann-PhD Student, Department of Plant Pathology, Cornell University
Molly Walker
Eugenia Wang
Rachel Norris-PhD Candidate, UC Riverside
Dan Pearlstein-food safety and quality lab at the USDA
Deidra Wirakusumah
 Graduate, Postdoctoral, and Research Associate Alumni
Dr. Zoe Getman-Pickering
Dr. Todd Ugine, Cornell University
Dr. Natasha Tigreros, University of Arizona
Dr. Will Wetzel, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, Michigan State University
Dr. Ian Kaplan, Professor of Entomology, Purdue University
Dr. Cesar Rodriguez-Saona, Extension Specialist in Entomology, Rutgers University
Dr. Scott McArt, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology,  Cornell University
Dr. Ian Scott, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
Dr. Suzie Claflin- Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Dr. Mônica Kersch-Becker– Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama
Sara Herman -Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, Penn State