Dr. Anne L Nielsen is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist of Fruit Entomology at Rutgers University. The primary focus of her research is connecting basic insect biology and behavioral ecology to pest management strategies. Her position allows her to follow her passion for sustainable agriculture while working closely with NJ fruit growers. Google Scholar, CV, @NielsenFruitLab
Ann Rucker is the head fruit entomology lab technician, a position she has held at Rutgers for 15+ years. She brings to the lab her expertise in insect rearing, peach production and insecticide testing.
Timothy Lampasona joined the lab in Fall 2017 to pursue a PhD in Entomology. Tim is studying host choice behavior in plum curculio, a native weevil pest of stone and pome fruits. Tim worked previously as a technician at the Cornell Experiment Station and received his MS from University of Nebraska.
Nicholas Avila is a PhD student studying the influence of insectary plants on parasitoid dispersal into peaches. He is using Trissolcus japonicus, the egg parasitoid of Halyomorpha halys as his model organism. Nick studied Entomology at Rutgers University for his BS as well.
Kara Ladle is a MS student developing entomology curricula for high school biology courses. As a former teach in Utah, Kara is excited to bring her entomological knowledge to young students!
Kasia Madalinksa is a MS student working on the invasive spotted lanternfly life history and management in NJ agriculture. Kasia received her BS at Temple University.
Dr Robert McDougall joined the lab in fall 2019 and researches integrated pest management strategies for Plum Curculio and Brown Marmotated Stink Bug. He completed his PhD in the ecology of urban food production systems at the University of New England, Australia, and has extensive experience in ecological management and assessment as well as in the development and implementation of environmental policy.
Dr. Jiangbin Fan is a postdoctoral research studying codling moth virus resistance in the US. He conducted his PhD at the JKI Institute in Darmstadt, Germany under the direction of Johannes Jules.