Amelia Lindsey

Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology

Postdoc, Indiana University
PhD, University of California Riverside
BA, San José State University

Twitter: @Amelia_Lindsey, alindsey [at] umn [dot] edu, CV.

I am broadly interested in symbiosis, from mutualism to parasitism, but especially like thinking about complex inter-species interactions that are difficult to place on that spectrum. I try to understand a biological system across different scales and resolutions by connecting genomic and evolutionary data to molecular mechanisms. Wolbachia has grabbed my attention due to the context-dependent nature of its interaction with insects, and the seemingly endless ways it affects insect biology.

Laura Fricke

PhD Student, Entomology

UMN DOVE Fellow and Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow
BS, Augsburg University, summa cum laude
Email: frick146 [at] umn [dot] edu

Laura graduated from Augsburg University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in biology and a minor in studio art. She is interested in comparative genomics as well as evolutionary developmental biology. Outside of the lab she may be found watercolor painting the natural world.

Megan Jones

MS Student, Entomology

Entomology Excellence and Sping Ying-ngoh Lin Fellow
BS, Iowa State University, magna cum laude
Email: jone3187 [at] umn [dot] edu

Megan graduated from Iowa State University in 2020 with a BS in microbiology. Megan’s research interests include Wolbachia genetics, gene regulation, and interaction with host insects. She is also interested in fluorescent imaging and microscopy. Her activities outside of the lab include nature photography, jewelry making, mountain biking, and tending to her tropical vivariums.

Sarah Lisak

MS Student, Entomology (Co-advised with Dr. Bob Koch)

BA, Augustana College, magna cum laude
Email: lisak007 [at] umn [dot] edu

Sarah graduated Augustana College in 2020 with a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies and a minor in Music. She is interested in insect interactions in food systems. Her research is focused on beginning implementation of biological control for soybean gall midge (Resseliella maxima), a new pest of soybean. Sarah will perform molecular assays to quantify and assess predation and parasitism on the soybean gall midge. Outside of the lab, she enjoys playing her flute, cooking, gardening and exploring the great outdoors.

Rosa (Tina) Lozano

PhD Student, Entomology (Co-advised with Dr. Bob Koch)

B.S. Agronomic Engineering. Tolima University, Colombia
Email: relozano [at] umn [dot] edu

Tina’s research project focuses on understanding the biological mechanisms of pyrethroid resistance in soybean aphid. She is focusing on two mechanisms of insecticide resistance documented in insects: metabolic detoxification and target site insensitivity. Tina is committed to advancing the understanding of insecticide resistance to support food security. Outside of academics, Tina enjoys traveling, dancing, and playing sports such us tennis, golf, and basketball.

Gloria Melotto

MS Student, Entomology (Co-advised with Dr. Bob Koch)

BA, UNESP Botucatu, Agronomic Engineering
Email: melot008 [at] umn [dot] edu

Gloria is an international student from Brazil that is interested in finding more sustainable solutions for pest management in crops. Her research is focused on characterizing the impact of natural enemies on populations of soybean gall midge (Resseliella maxima), a new pest in Midwestern states. She is performing molecular assays to assess parasitism and predation on soybean gall midge as a part of her research. Outside of the lab, she likes to spend her time reading novels, running, and doing outdoor activities.

Hailey Shanovich

Visiting PhD Student (Andrew David and Marcella Windmuller-Campione Labs), Natural Resource Sciences and Management Program

MnDRIVE Global Food Ventures Fellow
MS, University of Minnesota, Entomology, Applied Plant Sciences Minor
BA, University of Wisconsin Madison, Plant Biology
Email: shano004 [at] umn [dot] edu Twitter: @HShanovich

Hailey is broadly interested in in host plant-insect interactions and agroecology of insects. Her current research focuses on developing forecasting models and management plans for arthropod pests of hybrid hazelnut (Corylus americana x avellana). As part of this research she is assessing DNA-barcoding as a tool for accurate identification of Eriophyoid mite pests of hybrid hazelnut and to study their phylogenetics. Outside of her research and studies, she enjoys dancing, gardening and martial arts. 

Pablo Stilwell

Undergraduate Researcher

AAS, Cochise College, Intelligence Operations
AA, DLIFLC, Arabic
Email: stilw019 [at] umn [dot] edu

Pablo is majoring in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, with an Insect Science minor. He is interested in all things entomology, particularly, insect ecology and evolution, as well as phylogenetics and taxonomy. His work in the Lindsey Lab is focused on Wolbachia distribution throughout development. He is also looking into ant community composition associated with current and potential Lycaeides melissa samuelis habitats, in the Peterson Lab. He enjoys video games, music, insect keeping, and long walks on the beach with his dog.

Honorary Lab Members


Fostering, Madison WI
Puppy Obedience, Bloomington IN
Small Mammal Alert System Certification, Everywhere

Annie Lyra and Hannah Tubby — named after fly mutants.


  • Ashlyn Anderson Visiting Student (Bemidji State/North Hennepin Community College), now Fred Hutch Cancer Research Institute


Check out “Opportunities” to see what is available, or shoot Dr. Lindsey an email.

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