Below is a list of the most recent graduate thesis and dissertation research topics

2013 graduates


John Wesley Gordy (MS, Stout) A survey of chemical elicitors and their effectiveness as promoters of plant defense against herbivory by Spodoptera frugiperda (Smith)


Jaspreet Kaur Sidhu (PHD, Stout) Development of integrated pest management for sugarcane borer, Diatraea saccharalis in rice


Dawn Simms (MS, Husseneder) Effects of caste on the constitutive and induced expression of genes associated with immunity and detoxification in Formosan subterranean termites




2012 graduates


Sebe Brown (MS, Davis) Evaluating the efficacy of methoxyfenozide on Louisiana, Texas and the mid-southern soybean looper populations


Lee Eisenberg (MS, Johnson) The reproductive morphology and physiological age-grading of female Cyrtobagous salviniae, the salvinia weevil


Jason Hamm (PHD, Stout) Ecology and chemical ecology of plant-insect interactions in rice: implications for pest management


Van Hilbun (MS, Foil) Integrated Management of the Red Imported Fire Ant in Pastures


Owen Jones (MS)  The Effects of Spinosad on Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera: Culicidae) and Non-target Insect Species


Srinivas Lanka (PHD, Stout) Incorporating neonicotinoid and anthranilic diamide insecticides into integrated pest management of rice water weevil, Lissorhoptrus oryzophilus


Jessica Parker (MS, Leonard) Assessment of stink bug feeding damage in Louisiana soybean


David Wangila (MS, Huang) Evaluation of Bacillus thuringiensis corn containing pyramided traits for management of sugarcane borer, Diatraea saccharalis (F.)



2011 graduates


Julien Beuzelin (PHD, Reagan) - Agroecological factors impacting stem borer (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) dynamics in Gulf Coast sugarcane and rice


Michael L. Ferro (PHD, Carlton) - Ecology and systematics of Coleoptera in woody debris of eastern North American forests


Bal Krishna Gautam (PHD, Henderson) - Role of substrate moisture, relative humidity and temperature on survival and foraging behavior of Formosan subterranean termitesj


Matthew L. Gimmel (PHD, Carlton) - Revision and reclassification of the genera of Phalacridae (Coleoptera: Cucujoidea)


Jarrod Hardke (PHD, Leonard) - Contribution of Bacillus thuringiensis cotton cultivars and insecticides to a fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (J. E. Smith), (Lepidoptera : Noctuidae) management strategy


Erich Schoeller (MS, Allison) - Characterization of the subcortical interactions between larvae of the southern pine sawyer Monochamus titillator (F.) and the larvae of the southern pine beetle guild using molecular gut analyses


Joshua Temple (PHD, Leonard) - Redbanded Stink Bug, Piezodorus guildinii (Westwood): Pest Status, Control Strategies, and Management in Louisiana Soybean


Blake Wilson (MS, Reagan) - Advanced Management of the Mexican Rice Borer (Eoreuma loftini) in Sugarcane


Yunlong Yang (PHD, Huang) - Molecular Mechanisms of Bacillus thuringiensis Resistance in the Sugarcane Borer



2010 graduates


Josh Copes (MS, Leonard) - Quantifying Tarnished Plant Bug, Lygus lineolaris (Palisot de Beauvois), Resistance to Acephate in Louisiana


Jennifer Gordon (MS, Ottea) - Association of esterases in resistance to naled and resmethrin in field-collections of the southern house mosquito, Culex quinquefasciatus (diptera: culicidae)


Pan Luo (MS, Henderson) - Toxicity Interaction of Fipronil and Imidacloprid against Coptotermes formosanus



2009 graduates


Quialong Qi (MS, Henderson) - Survivorship, Tunneling and Feeding Behaviors of Formosan Subterranean Termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) in Response to Trans-caryophyllene



2008 graduates


Mike Becker (MS, Foil) - Characterizing the Epidemiology of Bluetongue Virus Serotype One in South Louisiana


Padma Bommireddy (PHD, Leonard) - Survival, Growth, and Behavior of Helicoverpa zea (Boddie) and Heliothis virescens (F.) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) on Genetically Engineered Cotton Expressing the Vip3A Insecticidal Protein




Ana Maria Sanchez de Cuadra (MS, Stout) - Factors Potentially Influencing the Abundance of Mosquitoes in Louisiana Rice Fields


Stephanie Gil (MS, Carlton) - Succession of Coleoptera on freshly killed loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) and southern red oak (Quercus falcata Michaux) in Louisiana


Thomas Mascari (PHD, Foil) - Novel Methods for the Control of Phlebotomine Sand Flies (Diptera: Psychodidae)


Xiaoyi Wu (PHD, Huang) - Resistance to Bacillus Thuringiensis in Sugarcane Borer, Diatraea Saccharalis (F.)



2007 graduates


Paul Ott  (MS, Klepzig) - Chemical Ecology, Fungal Interactions and Forest Stand Correlations of the Exotic Asian Ambrosia Beetle, Xylosandrus crassiusculus (Motschulsky) (Curculionidae)


Albert Lee (PHD, Hooper-Bui) - Culture-Independent Identification of Gut Bacteria in Fourth-instar Red Imported Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren, Larvae


Isik Unlu (PHD, Foil) - Determination of the Bloodmeal Origin of Mosquitoes Collected at Alligator Farms, and West Nile Virus Activity in Mosquitoes Collected from Alligator Farms, Sentinel Chicken Surveillance Sites, and Larval Habitats




Michael Seymour (MS, Hooper-Bui) - Effect of Red Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta Buren) on the Nesting Success of Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus L.)


Sunil Tewari (MS, Johnson) - Impact and Interaction of Samea multiplicalis (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) and Cyrtobagous salviniae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) on Salvinia minima in South Louisiana and the Foraging Behavior of Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) on Salvinia minima


Joshua Temple (MS, Leonard) - Evaluating Precision Agricultural Technologies in a Louisiana Cotton Insect Pest Management System


Donald Henne (PHD, JOhnson) - Population Ecology of Pseudacteon tricuspis Borgmeier (Diptera: Phoridae), an Introduced Parasitoid of the Red Imported Fire Ant Solenopsis invicta Buren (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Louisiana



2006 graduates


Poornima Jayasimha (MS, Henderson) Interactions between Formosan Subterranean Termites, Brown Rot Fungus (Gloeophyllum trabeum) and Some of the Fungi Present on the Termite Integument and Gut


Tara Smith (PHD, Hammond) Biology and Chemical Ecology of the Sugarcane Beetle and Integrated Pest Management of Sweet Potato Soil Insects in Louisiana



2005 graduates


Andrew Cline (PHD, Carlton) Revision of Pocadius Erichson (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae)


Rhett Hunter Gable (MS, Leonard) Evaluation of Selected Refuges in a Bollgard® Cotton Production System: Heliothine Movement and Effects on Boll Injury


Karen Elizabeth Nix (MS, Henderson) Evaluation of Vetiver Oil and Alate Biology as Preventative Measures against Formosan Subterranean Termites, Coptotermes Formosanus Shiraki (Isoptera:Rhinotermitidae)


Kathryn O'Brien (MS, Hooper-Bui) Liquid Feeding in the Red Imported Fire Ant, Solenopsis Invicta Buren (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)


Dilipkumar Patel (MS, Fuxa) Evaluation of Beauveria Bassiana and Host Plant Resistance for the Management of Rice Stink Bug in Rice Agro-Ecosystem


Francis Reay-Jones (PHD, Reagan) Integrated Pest Management of the Mexican Rice Borer in Louisiana and Texas Sugarcane and Rice


Isidra Sabio (MS, Foil) Seasonal Abundance and Detection of West Nile Virus in Ceratopogonids (Diptera:Ceratopogonidae) in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana


Alexey Tishechkin (PHD, Carlton) Phylogenetic Revision of the Genus Mesynodites Reichardt (Coleoptera: Histeridae: Hetaeriinae)



2004 graduates


Chanda Sara Bartholomew (MS, Prowell) Bees Associated with Louisiana Longleaf Pine Savannas


Brett W. Collier (MS, Henderson) Field Evaluation of Mosquito Control and Repellent Devices in Southern Louisiana


Shawn T. Dash (MS, Hooper-Bui) Species Diversity and Biogeography of Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Louisiana, with Notes on Their Ecology


Aboubacar Diagne (PHD, Story) Seasonal Occurrence of Phyllophaga Species and Biological Studies of Phyllophaga ephilida (Say)on Sweet Potato, Ipomoea batatas (L) Lam, in Louisiana


Crawford Wood Johnson (MS, Goyer) The Performance of the Baldcypress Leafroller (Archips goyerana Kruse, Lepidoptera:Tortricidae) in Response to Fertilization, Thinning, and Genetic Variation in Host Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum L. Richard)


Robert Hankins Jones (MS, Leonard) Effect of Cotton Aphids, Aphis gossypii (Glover), on Cotton Plant Development and Yield Components


Paul McLaughlin (MS, Henderson) Volatiles Associated with Formosan Subterranean Termites and Related Methods Development


Edward Ashley Peters (MS, Leonard) Bollworm (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) Production from Alternate Host Crops and Their Contribution to a Non-Bollgard Cotton Refuge


Frederick R. Posey (MS, Reagan) Insect Pest Management Approaches among Currently Recommended Sugarcane Varieties in Louisiana


Jessica Rosson (MS, Hooper-Bui) Abiotic and Biotic Factors Affecting the Distribution of Solenopsis Invicta Buren, Brachymyrmex sp., and Linepithema Humile (Mayr)in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana


Rebecca Faye Souther-Effler (PHD, Goyer) Interactions of Insect Herbivory and Multiple Abiotic Stress Agents on Two Wetland Tree Species in Southeast Louisiana Swamps


Kelly V. Tindall (PHD, Stout) Investigation of Insect-Weed Interactions in the Rice Agroecosystem


Erin Jean Grindley Watson (PHD, Carlton) Faunal Succession of Necrophilous Insects Associated with High-Profile Wildlife Carcasses in Louisiana


Melissa Marie Willrich (PHD, Leonard) Evaluation of Injury and Management Strategies for Stink Bugs (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) on Cotton, Gossypium Hirsutum L.


Li Zou (PHD, Stout) Integration of Management Tactics for the Rice Water Weevil Lissorhoptrus Oryzophilus Kuschel with Particular Emphasis on Use of Plant Resistance (Tolerance)



2003 graduates


Donald Ray Cook (PHD, Leonard) Thrips Species Composition in Louisiana Cotton and Associated Management Strategies


Glenn R. O'Remus (MS, Foil) Effects of Mid-Season Avermectin Treatments of Cattle on Pyrethroid Resistance in Three Populations of Horn Flies, Haematobia Irritans Irritans (L.) (Diptera: Muscidae)



2002 graduates


Boris A. Castro (PHD, Leonard) Evaluation of Bacillus thuringiensis Transgenic Field Corn for Management of Louisiana Corn Pests


Deanna M. Colby (PDH, Prowell) Effects of Fire Frequency and the Red Imported Fire Ant on Native Insects in a Louisiana Longleaf Pine Savanna


Joyce L. Fassbender (MS, Carlton) Litter and Ground Dwelling Spiders of Mixed Mesophytic Forests in Southeast Louisiana


Huazhange Huang (PHD, Ottea) Development of Diagnostic Tools for Detecting Expression of Resistance-Associated Esterases in the Tobacco Budworm, Heliothis virescens(F.)


Jianzhong Sun (PHD, Fuxa) Screening and Characterization of Pathogenic Fungi for Possible Control of Coptotermes Formosanus



2001 graduates


Jessica Lee Finkelstein (MS) The demonstration of growth of Bartonella henselae in the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) and a study on the effects of variance among cats upon flea feces as nutrients for flea development


Debra L. Murray (PHD) Systematics of neotropical satyrine butterflies (Nymphalidae: Satyrinae: Euptychina) based on larval morphology and DNA sequence data and the evolution of life history traits


Anthony Michael Pranschke (MS) Influence of abiotic factors on mound population ratings and insecticide barrier treatment efficacy against Solenopsis invicta (Buren)


Melissa Marie Willrich (MS) Effects of insect growth regulators on soybeans and soybean insect pests : insecticidal efficacy, yield enhancement, and preventive use



2000 graduates


Stacy Lee Bearden (PHD) Evaluation of insecticide resistance in Louisiana adult mosquitoes and the efficacies of selected larvicides


Christopher Glen Clemens (PHD) Effects of Bacillus thuringiensis transgenic cotton on soybean looper, Pseudoplusia includens (Walker) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) : larval development, mortality, population dynamics, and resistance management on soybean


Huixin Fei (PHD) Comparative biology and ecology of the Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) in Louisiana


Jonathan Hunter Fife (MS) Determination of the last harvestable boll population and the effects of square abscission during flowering on cotton yield and maturity


Thomas Stacy Hall (MS) Performance of selected insecticides against soybean looper, Pseudoplusia includens (Walker) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) when applied to different host plants [transgenic cotton (Bollgard(R)), conventional cotton, and soybean]


Jeffrey D. Stancil (PHD) Insecticide resistance and resistance mechanisms in the southern house mosquito, Culex quinquefasciatus


Brian L. Strom (PHD) Visual and semichemical disruption of host finding in pine bark beetles


Kelly V. Tindall (MS) Plant-mediated interactions between Lissorhoptrus oryzophilus (Kuschel) and Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith)



1999 graduates


Lesly Carolina Calix (MS) Effect of planting date on field infestations by Carpophilus spp., Sitophilus spp. and other late season insects in northeast Louisiana


Jeffrey Gore (MS) Responses of non-transgenic and transgenic cotton expressing the Bacillus thuringiensis CryIA(c) delta-endotoxin to mechanical injury and bollworm, Helicoverpa zea (Boddie), feeding


Yihua Lee (PHD) Capability of recombinant insect viruses for environmental persistence and transport


Lixin Mao (PHD) Influence of environment and genotype on the expression of host plant resistance in sweetpotato to the sweetpotato weevil, Cylas formicarius (Fab.)


James Scott Russell (MS) Effects of tarnished plant bug, Lygus lineolaris (Palisot de Beauvois), feeding on cotton boll abscission and yield


Harold Paul Schexnayder, Jr. (MS) A sequential sampling plan for the sugarcane borer, Diatraea saccharalis (F.), on sugarcane in South Louisiana



1998 graduates


John Joseph Adamczyk, Jr. (PHD) Pest status of the fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith), on conventional and transgenic cotton expressing the Bacillus thuringiensis CryIA (c) ơ-Endotoxin : development, survival, and host-strain influence


Thomas J. W. Clarke (MS) Fitness costs associated with the expression of target-site insensitivity in the tobacco budworm, Heliothis virescens


John A. Harold (PHD) Detection of mechanisms of profenofos resistance in the tobacco budworm, Heliothis virescens (F.)


Justin Carl Hedlund (MS) Aspects of searching and tunneling behavior in resource utilization by the formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki


Deborah Landau (PHD) Moth diversity in Louisiana longleaf pine savannas and mixed mesophytic hardwood forests : species composition an management effects


Jennifer Annette McMichael (MS) Survey of subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) in trees in Sam Houston Jones State Park, West Lake, Louisiana


Antonio Thadeu Medeiros de Barros (PHD) Dynamics and management of insecticide resistance in the horn fly, Haematobia irritans irritans (L.) (Diptera:Muscidae)


Lance M. Rodriquez (MS) Acute and chronic toxicity of tebufenozide to the sugarcane border, Diatraea saccharalis (F.)


Cynthia Roxanne Rutledge (PHD) Biology and ecology of the Anopheles quadrimaculatus sibling species complex in Louisiana


Andrew Evans Woolwine (PHD) Ecology and loss assessment of selected homopteran pests on sugarcane : interactions with fire ant, Solenopsis wagneri Santschi



1997 graduates


Amy M. Brannon (MS) Dynamics of lipid and carbohydrate mobilization in the hemolymph of the true armyworm, Pseudaletia unipuncta (Lepidoptera: noctuidae) during flight


Boris A. Castro (MS) Evaluation of planting date, sorghum hybrid and insecticide treatment on sorghum midge management in Northeast Louisiana


Donald A. Duerr (MS) Activity of selected insecticides aganist the soybean looper, Pseudoplusia includens (Walker), using an artificial diet overlay bioassay technique : dosage mortality, discriminating concentrations, and resistance monitoring


Paul W. Ivey (PHD) Integrated pest management tactics for control of cabbage looper and diamondback moth in cabbage


Craig Stephen Martin (MS) Insect succession and species composition on swine carcasses in specialized habitats


Rosanne Nicholson Mascarenhas (PHD) Activity of selected insecticides aganist the soybean looper, Pseudoplusia includens (Walker), using an artificial diet overlay bioassay technique : dosage mortality, discriminating concentrations, and resistance monitoring


Victor J. Mascarenhas (PHD) Pest status and management of beet armyworm, Spodoptera exigua (Hübner), on Cotton in Louisiana


Maragaret Ellen Oard (PHD) The evolution of landscapes and lineages in pitcher plants and their moths


Guomin Shan (PHD) Development of diagnostic technology for monitoring pyrethroid resistance mechanisms in the tobacco budworm, Heliothis virescens (F.)


Jimmy Wedincamp, Jr. (PHD) Rickettsia felis, a newly discovered rickettsia associated with the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis Bouché)


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