Anne Nielsen’s fruit entomology lab

Earlier this week, I began working as a postdoc in the insect ecology lab of Anne Nielsen in the Department of Entomology at Rutgers University. I’m excited to work in her lab, and to start working in a new ecological system. I’ll be focused on the population dynamics and biological control of the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys). I’m sad to leave my friends and colleagues at the University of Minnesota behind, but I guess this…

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Indirect suppression of Harmonia axyridis? (Bahlai et al. 2015)

I didn’t expect to write about insecticide use again so soon, but upon reading Christie Bahlai and colleagues’ new manuscript (preprint available online in Ecological Applications), I find myself pulled back in. Their paper (Title: “Shifts in dynamic regime of an invasive lady beetle are linked to the invasion and insecticidal management of its prey”) presents data on regional trap captures of Harmonia axyridis, along with reports of soybean aphid infestation levels. The authors subdivided H. axyridis densities into 3…

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