Graduate Students

Thabu Mugala

Entomology PhD student from Malole, Zambia, focusing on ecology and management of slugs in corn and soybean production systems. Interests include sustainable agriculture, entomopathogenic nematodes, pathogen-insect-interaction, chemical ecology and insect evolution.

2018 – BS in Agronomy from EARTH University, Costa Rica, focusing on fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) susceptibility to fungi and bacteria

2021 – MS in Entomology from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, focusing on ecology and biocontrol of pea leaf miner (Liriomyza huidobrensis)

Ben Sammarco

Master’s of Entomology Student (started Spring 2022) from Colts Neck, New Jersey. Researching the movement of the lesser mealworm beetle (Alphitobius diaperinus) in poultry farms.

Kudzai Mafuwe

Entomology PhD student and Fulbright scholar from Harare, Zimbabwe, researching automated and digital methods for detecting and monitoring specialty and field crop pests. Interests include precision agriculture, pest management, non-invasive crop monitoring methods, biodiversity conservation, biodiversity informatics and big data

2010 – BS in Forest Resources and Wildlife Management from The National University of Science and Technology (NUST), focusing on biodiversity conservation

2021 – MS in Tropical Entomology from The University of Zimbabwe, focusing on distribution modelling of Leptocybe invasa (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae), and an assessment of host susceptibility and relative efficacies of systemic insecticides for gum seedling protection in Zimbabwe

Destiny Mann

Master’s of Entomology student (starting from Spring of 2023) from Havre de Grace, Maryland.
Researching the growth and efficiency of the lesser mealworm beetle (Alphitobius diaperinus) on a variety of different feeds. I am interested in bridging the gaps between an increase in food waste and upcycling those wastes into a usable protein source.

2022 – BS in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Delaware, working to understand the ideal lab conditions for the lesser mealworm.

2020 – AS in Biology from Harford Community College, working to understand local lady beetle and pollinator diversity.

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