Dr. Elisabeth Hodgdon

Congratulations to Elisabeth for finishing her Ph. D. thesis
Evaluation of candidate pheromone blends for mating disruption of the invasive swede midge (Contarinia nasturtii)! We are lucky that Elisabeth has taken a position with Cornell Cooperate Extension as an Extension Vegetable Specialist in Plattsburgh, NY!
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Congratulations Dr. Stratton!

Congratulations to Chase Stratton, who just graduated with his Ph. D.!

(pictured below with Kristian Brevik)

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Gund Institute for the Environment has funding for eight Ph. D. positions

Funded PhD opportunities with real-world impact.

The Gund Institute for Environment seeks outstanding PhD applicants interested in conducting interdisciplinary research on urgent global environmental issues.

Students at the Gund get a deep understanding of complex global issues, hands-on training in interdisciplinary research and problem-solving with world-class scholars, and real-world experience collaborating with government and business.

Gund PhD Research Assistantships

Gund students conducting fieldwork
  • Gund Research Assistantships support PhD scholarship across four global research themes.
  • Students receive up to four years of funding at $32,000 per year, tuition and health insurance.
  • Learn more about Gund Research Assistantships.


For more information, visit here

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We are now on Twitter and Instagram…

Follow our lab adventures this summer on Instagram and Twitter! We are active this year in US, Mexico, and Canada.

Lab Instagram: @InsectAgroEco
Twitter: @Yolanda_H_Chen

  • Jorge Ruiz-Arocho will spend the next 6 months studying if arthropod diversity differs between crops and their wild relatives in Mexico.
  • Elisabeth Hodgdon and Andrea Swan will be working in Vermont and Canada studying pheromone mating disruption for swede midge.
  • Chase Stratton is studying the possibility of managing swede midge using a push-pull system.
  • Kristian Brevik (absent) will be exploring the “geography’ of transposable elements in the genome of the Colorado potato beetle (CPB).
  • Erika Bueno is starting geographic Colorado potato beetle colonies as she begins as Ph. D. student this fall.
  • Emma Schoeppner is studying if different ground covers can reduce swede midge success.
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The Colorado potato beetle genome published in Scientific Reports

Photo: Swarm of Colorado potato beetles

Photo: Zach Cohen

The Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, genome paper has just been published in Scientific Reports. Sean Schoville, University of Wisconsin and I coordinated a group of 58 scientists from 33 institutions to manually annotate the genome.

Although the beetle has been notorious for its ability to rapidly evolve to a range of different types of environmental conditions, climates, host plants and insecticides, we were surprised that we did not find that the beetle had more genes for detoxifying pesticides compared to other more innocuous beetle species.


University of Madison Press release

Colorado potato beetle genome gives insight into major agricultural pest

UVM Communications Story


Science Daily Coverage



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