Graduate Student Information

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Chapman photo Kaitlin Chapman

Degree program: PhD in Entomology

Areas of interest: Teaching, outreach, and research with an emphasis on plant-insect interactions

Dissertation topic: Identifying underlying mechanisms of host-plant resistance (antibiosis/antixenosis and tolerance) to aphids in soybean and Arabidopsis


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Hofman photo Camila Oliveira Hofman

Social media links: @Camila_ohofman (Twitter),

Degree Program: Ph.D. in Entomology

Areas of Interest: Insect ecology, Pest Management (Integrated Pest Management, Biological Control), Plant-Insect Interactions, Insect pathology, Plant Pathology.

Dissertation topic: Characterization of the natural enemy community, with emphasis on entomopathogens, in pest management of western corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera) in West Central Nebraska.

Why I chose UNL: In 2011 when I was looking for a M.S. program I came across UNL and Dr. Gary Hein’s research. At the time, a lot of Entomology departments were closing but UNL-Entomology was expanding with new faculty and a remodeled building. My experience was really good throughout my program where I got to interact with a diverse group of students and faculty. I decided to stay for my Ph.D and since 2014 I have been working with Drs. Julie Peterson and Lance Meinke


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montezano photo Débora Goulart Montezano

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Degree Program: Ph. D. in Entomology

Advisors: Dr. Thomas Hunt and Dr. Julie Peterson

Areas of Interest: Insect behavior, Pest Management (Integrated Pest Management, Biological Control), Insect biology.

Dissertation Title: Behavior and Management of Lepidopteran Pests in Corn: Emphasis on western bean cutworm, Striacosta albicosta (Smith) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)

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reinders photo Jordan Reinders

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Degree Program: M.S. in Entomology

Areas of Interest: Plant-insect interactions, integrated pest management (IPM), research, industry

Thesis Title: Spatial Variation in Western Corn Rootworm Susceptibility to Bt Corn Events in Nebraska

Why I Chose UNL: When looking for a graduate school, UNL met all of the criteria I was looking for. The faculty are distinguished researchers and teachers, the staff are always kind and helpful, and the students made me feel like I was at home before I even started my program.


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souza photo Dariane Souza

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Degree Program: Ph.D. in Entomology

Advisor: Dr. Lance Meinke

Areas of Interest: Research, teaching

Thesis/Dissertation Topic: Insecticide resistance management

Tentative Thesis/Dissertation Title:Resistance characterization of Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) to the pyrethroid insecticide Bifenthrin