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Entomology Graduate Student Association

 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. We hope you find our site useful and informative. If you have any questions please feel free to contact any of the officers.


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: Holden Appler

Holden is a Master's student studying the effects of increasing urbanization on oxidative stress and immunocompetency of honey bees with Drs. Steve Frank and David Tarpy.  He has a B.S. degree from Wake Forest University where he focused on pre-med, before becoming disgusted with the direction the entire field is heading.  He has forgotten what "free time" is, but has vague recollections of video games, anime, other assorted geek media, and generally philosophizing.                  




Treasurer: April Hamblin 

After receiving her a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from The Richard Stockton College of NJ, Aprli 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  (ambucci@ncsu.edu; 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.

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Outreach Coordinator: Sally Taylor

Sally is a Ph.D. student under the direction of Dr. Clyde Sorenson and Dr. R. Michael Roe. She is currently researching tritrophic insecticide interactions in flue-cured tobacco production and is developing new pest control methods in North Carolina cotton that utilizes recent advances in molecular biotechnology. Sally graduated as Valedictorian of her class with a B.A. in Anthropology from North Carolina State University. She loves running marathons and teaching group fitness classes. GO WOLFPACK!







Mike Duke Seminar Coordinator: Amber Arrington

Amber is a Master's student under the direction of Dr. Mark Abney. Her research focuses on controlling an exotic white grub in sweetpotato, and she is particularly interested in the use of entomopathogens as biological control agents. She is a native of North Carolina and received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from N.C. State University. In her spare time, Amber enjoys hunting, fishing, gardening, and hiking.







Mike Duke Seminar Coordinator: Yvonne Matos  

Yvonne is an Urban Entomology PhD student in the lab of Dr. Coby Schal. Her project focuses on olfaction and host seeking behavior in bed bugs. She is also interested in pesticide resistance in bed bugs and other urban pests. Yvonne received her B.A. in Biology from Earlham College in 2008, where she studied spider diversity in Dominica, West Indies. In her free time she likes cooking, backpacking, biking, reading, and just being outdoors.