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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
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 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.

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 will perform 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 (Aukema Lab), 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. 

Rosa (Tina) Lozano

Visiting PhD Student (Koch Lab), Entomology

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.

Ashlyn Anderson

Visiting Student (Bemidji State/North Hennepin Community College)

Email: ashlyn.anderson [at] my.nhcc [dot] edu

Ashlyn is a visiting student from Dr. Andy Arsham’s lab (joint between Bemidji State University and North Hennepin Community College). She will be graduating with a BA in biology in May of 2022. In the Arsham lab she studies position effect variegation and gene expression in Drosophila melanogaster. She is interested in microbial control of insect biology and in the Lindsey lab is working with Wolbachia-parasitoid interactions. Outside of the lab you can find her hanging upside down at the circus or hiking with her two dogs.

Honorary Lab Members

Puppies

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

Annie Lyra and Hannah Tubby — named after fly mutants.

You?

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