Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology
Postdoc, Indiana University
PhD, University of California Riverside
BA, San José State University
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.
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.
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.
MS Student, Entomology (Co-advised with Dr. Bob Koch)
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.
PhD Student, Entomology
MS, University of Minnesota
BA, University of Minnesota Duluth, cum laude
Email: thorp113 [at] umn [dot] edu
Cody’s research interests are broadly centered around using molecular genetic and microscopy methods to understand the interactions between symbiotic bacteria, other microbes, and their arthropod hosts. He has become interested in Wolbachia not only for its general medical importance, but also for its ubiquitous nature in insects and the many unexplored interactions and phenomenons displayed in its wide host range. Outside of the lab, he enjoys reading fiction novels, novice woodworking, hiking along the north shore, and recreational precision shooting.
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.
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.
Check out “Opportunities” to see what is available, or shoot Dr. Lindsey an email.