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Rebecca Schmidt

Research Entomologist



Ph.D. Entomology, Washington State University, 2015

B.S. Biology, Washburn University, 2010

Research Interests

Dr. Schmidt-Jeffris’s lab focuses on biological control of arthropod pests of tree fruit, including apples, pears, and cherries. This includes determining pesticide non-target effects on natural enemies, augmenting natural enemy populations through releases, conservation biological control through landscape manipulation, and improving knowledge of the diversity and basic biology of orchard parasitoids and predators. Her goal is to decrease reliance on pesticides for arthropod control by increasing biological control efficacy through improved understanding of the biology of natural enemies and pests and manipulating agricultural practices to improve grower outcomes.

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Recent Awards

Laboratory Personnel:

Erica Moretti, Biological Science Technician

Daniel Hausler, Agricultural Science Research Technician