Welcome to the EGSA website!
The Entomology Graduate Student Association is open to any person affiliated with North Carolina State University who has an interest in entomological endeavors. The objectives of the association are to provide members an opportunity to organize seminars, meetings, field trips and other functions concerned with common interests of EGSA members. Feel free to contact this organization at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our facebook page.
President: Keith Bayless
Keith is a Ph.D. student from New Jersey studying fly systematics and genomics with Dr. Brian Wiegmann. He has a BS in Entomology and Genetics from Cornell University. Keith is interested in many aspects of the evolution and higher level phylogeny of flies. He completed an M.S. in Entomology at NCSU studying the systematics and taxonomy of horse flies and relatives. His doctoral research focuses on improving our understanding of the relationships of diverse fly lineages including Calyptratae with phylogenomic approaches. He spends his free time reading novels, traveling, and trying to learn Portuguese.
Vice President: Colin Funaro
Colin is a PhD student studying termite chemical ecology and caste differentiation in the lab of Dr. Ed Vargo. His project examines the royal pheromones and chemical recognition cues in subterranean termites and their role in reproduction and colony organization. He is also interested in bacterial endosymbionts in insects, molecular ecology, and phylogenetics. He received a B.A. in Biology from the University of Richmond in 2007 before becoming a technician in the lab of Jake Russell at Drexel University studying the endosymbionts of ants. In his free time Colin can be found drawing pictures with MSPaint, cooking with friends, or grudgingly running despite his deep hatred for the activity.
Secretary: Adam Dale
Adam is a Ph.D. student studying urban ecology and arthropod pest - street tree interactions with Dr. Steve Frank. His project is focused on determining why certain herbivorous pests are more abundant and damaging in cities than rural areas, what effect cities and pests have on urban trees, and how these effects can be mitigated. Adam received his B.S. in biological sciences from NC State in 2011 before beginning graduate school in 2012. When he's not working, Adam enjoys everything outdoors, photography, live music, and woodworking.
Treasurer: April Hamblin
After receiving her a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from The Richard Stockton College of NJ, April knew exactly what she wanted to focus her future studies on: community structure, indluding diversity and abundance of native bees in urban areas. April was offered an opportunity to become a Ph.D. student in Dr. Steve Frank's lab. Although she is new to EGSA, NC State University, and North Carolina in General, she plans to spend her free time catching insects, hiking, creating art, writing, and reading.
Outreach Coordinator: Angela Bucci (email@example.com; 410-459-4841)
Angela is a PhD student who is co-advised by Drs. Coby Schal and Wes Watson. Her research focuses on a combination of chemical ecology and forensic entomology. She has a B.S. degree in Biology from Loyola University Maryland. Angela is a ridiculously proud Marylander who enjoys cooking, making jaunty hats, dancing, eating at Which Wich?, killing spiders, and poking anything dead.Read more about the Outreach Program
Outreach Coordinator: Carrie De Jesus
Carrie De Jesus moved across the country from Southern California to NCSU to be part of the Entomology Graduate program. Carrie joined the Reiskind lab in 2013 to obtain her master’s degree and is researching mating behavior in Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus which are two important disease vectors. She is specifically examining the role of the three lobed spermathecae in both species. After she obtains her degree she hopes work to at a vector control program as a biologist. Carrie is one of the outreach coordinators for the Entomology Graduate Student Association. She is responsible for caring for the insects that are brought to outreach events.
Mike Duke Seminar Coordinator: Alejandro Merchán
Fundraising Chair: Fallon Fowler