We have neglected the blog because we have been focused on research! Here is a belated introduction of Dr. Joe Gunn, who is a postdoctoral researcher working testing if transgenerational epigenetic inheritance is associated with the evolution of insecticide resistance.
Joe did his Ph. D. at the University of Missouri, where he studied evolutionary processes and population genetics of fish and wildlife. Joe has successfully weather his first Vermont winter…now on to the smoke and floods.
We are excited to receive new funding from USDA AFRI Foundational grant from the Pests and Beneficial Species in Agricultural Production Systems program ($683,490). We will be studying the role of epigenetics in the evolution of insecticide resistance in the Colorado potato beetle, a major pest of potatoes, with Dr. Sean Schoville (UW), Dr. Stephanie McKay (Animal Science), and Dr. Russ Groves (UW).
We will be looking to bring in a Ph. D. student for the fall 2023!