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Marco Ponce

Ph.D. Student

Email: marco.ponce [at]


Biographical Description:

Originally from Tijuana, Mexico, Marco Ponce graduated with a B.A. in biology from Kalamazoo College in 2019. During his undergraduate studies, he mentored and introduced many elementary-aged children to the physiology and development of insects while providing opportunities to interact with live insects. He is dedicated to mentoring the next generation of STEM students, and he continues to advocate for equality and justice in underserved communities. Currently, he is a NSF Graduate Research Fellow and doctoral student in the Department of Entomology at Kansas State University, and works in the Morrison Lab at the USDA-ARS Center for Grain and Animal Health Research in Manhattan, KS. His research interests include post-harvest insect-microbe interactions and their implications for global food quality, human health, and insect behavior. Marco’s long-term goals include  increasing the sustainability of global food production, enhancing food security, and improving human health.