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: Jonathan Cammack
Jonathan is a Ph.D. student under Dr. Wes Watson. He has a B.S. (2007) in Entomology and a minor in Anthropology from Texas A&M University (WHOOP!), and a M.S. (2009) in Entomology from Clemson University. His research interests include forensic entomology and biological control of filth flies. He is an active member of the Entomological Society of America, North American Forensic Entomology Association, and American Academy of Forensic Sciences. When not playing with bugs, he enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and just being outside.
Vice President & UGSA Representative: 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.
Secretary: Mary Talley
Mary is a Forest Entomology Master's student with Dr. Fred Hain. Her project focuses on the responses of three Tsuga species to infestation of Adelges tsugae. She is a native of North Carolina, and received her Bachelors of Science in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from North Carolina State University in 2011. Mary enjoys running, hunting, hiking, fishing, photography, and cooking in her spare time.
Treasurer: Heather Campbell
After receiving her undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology from NCSU, Heather moved to NYC where she worked as the lab manager in the Bee Lab at the American Museum of Natural History. When she decided it was time to further her education she came back to NCSU to work under Dr. Andy Deans and Dr. Clyde Sorenson studying the effects of prescribed burning on the diversity and abundance of native bees in Sandhills of North Carolina.
Outreach Coordinator: Angela Bucci (firstname.lastname@example.org; 410-459-4841)
Stephanie received her undergraduate degree in biology and philosophy from NC State. She is currently pursuing a PhD under the guidance of Dr. Yasmin Cardoza. She is investigating behavior of the western corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera), and is particularly interested in its interactions with Bt corn. Her favorite movie is Cool Hand Luke. She is a very bad dancer but does it anyway.
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Outreach Coordinator: Emily Meineke
Emily studies how herbivores in the city are responding to human activities. She is fascinated with the myriad ways insects and humans interact with one another. Before coming to NCSU to pursue her Ph.D., Emily worked various field research jobs around the country and earned her B.S. in Environmental Science from UNC Chapel Hill.
Mike Duke Seminar Coordinator: David Bednar
David Bednar is currently a PhD student in Forest Entomology, under the guidance of Dr. Fred Hain, where he is investigating the mechanisms of host plant resistance to the Balsam Wooly Adelgid in Fraser Fir (save the Christmas trees!). He recently completed his Master of Science in Urban Entomology, under the advisement of Dr. Jules Silverman, where he studied behavior of an invasive ant Pachycondyla (Brachyponera) chinensis (Asian needle ant) to better understand it's competitive abilities. David received his B.S. in biology from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Growing up in Oregon gave David and appreciation for the outdoors where he enjoys spending much of his time when he is not playing handball.
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.