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peter smytheman  

Peter Smytheman, Research Assistant

Phone: 509-293-8757


Chris Sater, Research Assistant

Phone:  509-293-8754

Current Students

jim hepler  

James Hepler, PhD Student (2021)

Phone: 509-293-8756


Dowen JocsonPhD Student (2022)

Former Staff


David Enicks (2019-2020)

bruce greenfield  

Bruce Greenfield (Retired 2019)


Molly Darr (2018-2019)

Current position:
Postdoctoral Associate
Forest Health and Invasive Species
Clemson University



Matt Giannandrea (2015-2017)

Karen Blaedow (2013-2014)

Former Post-Docs


Kacie Athey (2019-2020)

Current position:
Assistant Professor
University of Illinois, Crop Sciences


louis nottingham



Louis Nottingham (2016 – 2019)

Current position:
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Entomology
Washington State University


andrea bixby-brosi  

Andrea Bixby-Brosi (2014-2017)


Former Students

adrian marshall Adrian Marshall

Education: PhD, 2020, Entomology, Washington State University

Dissertation Title: Netting Applications for Insect Management in Apple Orchards

Current Position:
Post-Doc, Tobin Northfield Lab
Wenatchee, WA



josh milnes Josh Milnes

Education: MS, 2019, Entomology, Washington State University

Thesis Title: Ecology of the Asian Egg Parasitod Trissolcus Japonicus (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae) and Impact on Eastern Washington Pentatomids Under Field Conditions

Current Position:
Pest Biologist II
WA State Dept. of Ag – Plant Protection Division
Yakima, WA

Phone: 509-220-1134


alix whitener Alix Whitener

Education: PhD, 2018, Entomology, Washington State University

Dissertation Title: Behavior and integrated pest management of Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae) in Washington state sweet cherry

Current Position:
FMC Technical Services Manager
Wenatchee, WA



brittany buchanan Brittany Buchanan

Education: MS in Agriculture, 2017, Washington State Univeristy

Current Position:
Philadelphia, PA





rebecca schmidt Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris

Education: PhD, 2015, Entomology, Washington State University

Dissertation Title: Phytoseiids as Biological Control Agents of Phytophagous Mites in Washington Apple Orchards

Current Position:
Research Entomologist, Tree Fruit Biological Control
USDA-ARS, Wapato, WA

Phone: 509-454-6556


luis rocha Luis Martinez Rocha

Education: MS, 2013, Entomology Washington State University

Thesis Title: Effects of Pesticides and three Sulfur-Based Products on Integrated Mite Management in Washington State





lessando gontijo Lessando Gontijo

Education: PhD, 2011, Entomology, Washington State University

Dissertation Title: Integrated Biological Control of Woolly Apple Aphid in Washington State

Current Position:
Professor of Entomology
Universidade Federal de Viçosa



dario fernandez Dario Fernandez

Education: Agronomic Engineer, Un Nac Comahue;
MS, 2000, Entomology, Washington State University

Thesis Title: Effect of seasonal mineral oil applications on the pest and natural enemy complex of apples (Malus domestica Borkhausen) and oviposition deterrence of white apple leafhopper (Typhlocyba pomaria McAtee) in laboratory bioassays

Current Position:
INTA EEA Alto Valle
Rio Negro, Argentina

michael reding Michael Reding

Education: PhD, 2000, Entomology, Washington State University

Dissertation Title: Biology, monitoring, and management of Campylomma verbasci (Meyer) (Hemiptera: Miridae) in Washington apple orchards

Current Position:
Research Entomologist
Wooster, Ohio
Phone: 330-263-3629