Lab members

Principal Investigator:   John O. Stireman III – Associate Professor

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Graduate students

Z.L. “Kai” Burington – PhD student

M.S. Clemson University

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Interests: Insect systematics, Trichoptera (Caddis flies), Keroplatidae (predaceous fungus gnats), and Tachinidae

Check out Kai’s blog, Trichopterology!


Juan-Manuel Perilla Lopez – PhD student

M.S. South Dakota State University

Interests: Insect systematics and ecology, agronomy, Tachinidae, Cecidomyiidae (gall midges) and their hymenopteran parasitoids


Jeff Howell – Masters student

Thesis topic- Host location and host-associated divergence in parasitoids of the gall midge Asteromyia carbonifera

Drew Sheaffer – Masters student

DrewPsylloid - Pachypsylla

Thesis topic-Parasitoid diversity and community structure in original and reconstructed prairies


Matt Duncan

Matt Duncan – Masters Student (see Matt’s flickr page)


Prosena siberita

Thesis topic-Behavioral ecology and population genetics of phasiine parasitoids in Ohio.

Mohan Dash – Masters student

Thesis Topic: Thailand Tachinids: spatial diversity patterns of parasitoids


Undergraduate Students

Alia Eckhardt – undergraduate research assistant and REU recipient


One Response to Lab members

  1. Jeff Boettner says:

    Hi John,
    We have a PhD student working on winter moth and we have samples of Cyzenis from Europe, Nova Scotia, British Columbia and from Bruce spanworm in MA. Wondering what primers to use, can you suggest one of your papers that has the current primers you are using?

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