Erika wins the HHMI Gilliam Fellowship!

We are very excited that IAEL Ph. D. student won the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellowship!

The Gilliam fellowship provides a three year fellowship award to Erika, funds for her professional development, tuition and fees, and $4k to me to promote “underrepresented student groups in the life sciences at the graduate level”.

Here is a nice article about Erika written by CALS communications officer Rachel Leslie.

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Dr. Kristian Brevik!

Kristian is also an artist, primarily working at the convergence of art+science+activism to bring awareness to all of the voiceless creatures that are becoming endangered.

We are very excited to congratulate Kristian Brevik for finishing his Ph. D. thesis titled, “Rapid evolution in agroecosystems: Transposable elements and epigenetics in the Colorado potato beetle”.

Kristian has been using genome resequencing to examine the genomic patterns associated with rapid adaptive change in CPB, primarily focused on how insecticides affect transposable elements and DNA methylation.

In addition, Kristian is gaining recognition as an artist. In both art and science, he aims to bring focus to the ” the ways interactions shape species, often about the interactions between humans and other-than-humans.”

To see his artwork, visit his website: or follow him on Twitter @KristianBrevik

Kristian’s next steps are to continue charting his own course in navigating art+science+activism.

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Black Lives Matter

As a lab, we stand with #BlackLivesMatter. We work to increase diversity, representation, and allyship in ecology, evolution, entomology, and agriculture. As a lab community, we aim to continue learning and supporting each other in navigating the intersection between the academic world and racial justice. You are welcome here.

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Zoe makes the home page!

Zoe Albion has been working on a summer project while supported by a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. It was nice to see that her research was profiled by UVM Today.

Zoe Albion holds potato plant covered in Colorado potato beetles.

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New articles published on swede midge

Elisabeth is on a roll with two new publications from her thesis!

In a study published in Canadian Entomologist, she found during multiple 24 hour observational studies that swede midge emerge as adults in the first few hours after dawn and are ready to mate.

She has also found that both natural and the cheaper racemic pheromone blends can disorient male swede midge and prevent them from mating.

Here are the publications:

Hodgdon, E. A., R. H. Hallett, K. F. Wallin, C. A. Stratton, and Y. H. Chen. In Press. Racemic pheromone blends disrupt mate location in the invasive swede midge, Contarinia nasturtii.

Hodgdon, E. A., R. H. Hallett, C. A. Stratton, and Y. H. Chen. In Press. Diel patterns of emergence and reproductive behaviour in the invasive swede midge (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae).

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