What a whirlwind the last few months have been. Lauren and Libby spent the summer gathering lots of preliminary data and otherwise establishing baselines and designs for further work on invasive shrub-arthropod interactions. Both have recently been awarded research grants; a Biology Award for Research Excellence for Lauren, and a Graduate Student Association award for Libby. Awesome news!
Chad, Sam, and I are just back from Ent Soc 2014 in Portland. Chad and Sam gave a couple of their best talks to date. Chad spoke on differentiating plant defenses in resistant and susceptible ash species and physiological responses of emerald ash borer larvae to those defenses. Sam spoke about her latest progress on identifying determinants of adult oviposition preferences, yet larval failure, of the West Virginia White butterfly on garlic mustard. Sam was recently offered a post-doc with Emily Moran at the University of California-Merced, where she’ll extend her modeling expertise to examine forest dynamics.
Chad and I also presented at a recent emerald ash borer research review meeting, hosted by the USDA-APHIS in Wooster, OH. It was there that I presented for the first time that emerald ash borer is using white fringetree as a host in the field. Perhaps you’ve seen the news… The paper on that find will be published soon in the Journal of Economic Entomology. Stay tuned.