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Kylie Jean Hampton

Biological Laboratory Technical


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CONTACT

Phone: (309) 681-6195

Fax: 309-681-6693

Room: 2103

 

USDA ARS NCAUR

1815 N University

Peoria, IL 61604

EDUCATION

MS, Behavior, Ecology, Evolution & Systematics, Illinois State University, 2020

BS, Biology, Illinois State University, 2016

RESEARCH INTERESTS

 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. 

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LAB MEMBERS:

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.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

-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

PUBLICATIONS:

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.

 

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