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1997, University of Maryland, Department of Entomology, Ph.D.  Dissertation:  Genetic basis for host range expansion of Eudryas unio, an oligophagous lepidopteran herbivore, onto an introduced plant species, Lythrum salicaria.  Advisor:  Dr. Pedro Barbosa

1982, University of Maryland, Department of Botany, M.S.  Thesis:  Pollination biology of lima beans.  Co-advisors:  Drs. Jane Rissler & Glenn Patterson

1977, North Carolina State University, Department of Botany,  Major: Plant Ecology


Professional Experience:


South Africa:  Conduct research on trapping methods for Cactoblastis cactorum

Brazil:  Collect Heteroperreyia hubrichi (sawfly) for Hawaiian host specificity studies

Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay:  Survey for natural enemies of Schinus terebinthifolius

Mexico: Participate in four week tropical ecology class

Germany: Conduct ecological studies on insect species attacking Lythrum salicaria

Switzerland: Survey and evaluate impact of insect species attacking Lythrum salicaria

Argentina: Collect and identify dung beetles for ecological studies

2000-Present, USDA-ARS-CMAVE and Florida A&M University, Center for Biological Control, Tallahassee, Florida, Research Entomologist,

1998-2000, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry and University of Hawaii, Volcano, Hawaii, Assistant Entomologist

1994-1997, Department of Entomology, University of Maryland, Graduate Assistant

1984-1994, USDA, ARS, Insect Biocontrol Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. 

1981-1984, Department of Botany, University of Maryland, Faculty Research Assistant

1979-1981, Department of Botany, University of Maryland, Graduate Teaching Assistant


Professional Societies:  


Entomological Society of America

Entomological Society of Florida

Entomological Society of Hawaii

Entomological Society of Washington

International Organization of Biological Control

Natural Areas Association

Ecological Society of America

Last Modified: 3/12/2009