Biological Laboratory Technical
Phone: (309) 681-6195
USDA ARS NCAUR
1815 N University
Peoria, IL 61604
MS, Behavior, Ecology, Evolution & Systematics, Illinois State University, 2020
BS, Biology, Illinois State University, 2016
I am broadly interested in the evolutionary ecology of sexual conflict and eco-immunology. I have experience investigating the relationship between mating and immunity in female decorated crickets (G. sigillatus), a species in which males endogenously make and transfer nuptial food gifts to females during mating. I also have a broad interest in insect host-pathogen systems, specifically in vectors, such as mosquitoes. Currently, in the Ramirez Lab (USDA, ARS, NCAUR), we are investigating the use of entomopathogens as a biocontrol agent for mosquitoes (vectors of various human diseases). Collectively, I hope to apply my research interests at the USDA by continuing to explore vector population control strategies, as well as potential pest management strategies.
Currently working under Dr. Jose Luis Ramirez.
Molly Schumacher, Research Aid and former Biological Sciences Laboratory Technician for Dr. Ramirez.
Alayna Rosales, Undergraduate Intern and Research Aid.
-Animal Behavior Society
-Beta Lambda Chapter of Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society
-National Society of Leadership and Success
HONORS and AWARDS:
-Received the Outstanding Master’s Award (Illinois State University, 2020)
-Received a total of $7,385 in funding from grants and fellowships such as:
- The Animal Behavior Society Student Research Grant (2019).
- The R. Omar Rilett Trust Travel Grant (2019).
- The R.D. Weigel Research Grant from the Beta Lambda. Chapter of Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society (2018, 2019).
- The E.L. Mockford and C.F. Thompson Summer Research Fellowship (2019).
-Received the Charlena Wallen Research Award (Illinois State University, 2018).
-Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for Fundamental Concepts in Biology (Illinois State University, 2018).
CONFERENCE LECTURES and DEPARTMENTAL SEMINARS
-Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases, Princeton, NJ, 2019
-Annual University Research Symposium, Illinois State University, 2017, 2018, 2019
-Phi Sigma Research Symposium, Illinois State University, 2017, 2018, 2019
Duffield, K.R., K.J., Hampton, T.M. Houslay, J. Hunt, J. Rapkin, B.M. Sadd, and S.K. Sakaluk. Accepted. Macronutrient intake and simulated infection threat independently affect life history traits of male decorated crickets. Ecology and Evolution.
Hampton, K.J., K.R. Duffield, B.M. Sadd, and S.K. Sakaluk. In preparation. A male-female genotype-by-genotype interaction mediates the effect of mating on female immunity in decorated crickets.
Sakaluk, S.K., J. Oldzej, C.J. Hodges, J.L. Harper, I.G. Rines, K.J. Hampton, K.R. Duffield, J. Hunt, and B.M. Sadd. 2019. Effects of inbreeding on life history traits and sexual competency in decorated crickets. Animal Behaviour, 155: 241-248.
Duffield, K.R., K.J. Hampton, T.M. Houslay, J. Hunt, B.M. Sadd, and S.K. Sakaluk. 2019. Inbreeding alters context-dependent reproductive effort and immunity in male crickets. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 32: 731-741.
Duffield, K.R., K.J. Hampton, T.M. Houslay, J. Hunt, J. Rapkin, S.K. Sakaluk, and B.M. Sadd. 2018. Age-dependent variation in the terminal investment threshold in male crickets. Evolution, 72, 578-589.
Ramirez, J.L., Hampton, K.J., Rosales, A.M., Muturi, E.J. 2023. Multiple mosquito AMPs are needed to potentiate their antifungal effect against fungal entomopathogens. The Journal of Fungi. 13. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2022.1062383.