Principal Investigator

Laura Ingwell

Laura L. Ingwell

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Curriculum Vitae

PhD, Entomology, University of Idaho (2014)
MS, Ecology, University of Rhode Island (2009)
BS, Biological Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2006)

Postdoctoral Researchers

Samantha (Sam) Willden

Dr. Samantha (Sam) Willden

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Samantha (Sam) Willden studies the ecology and management of agricultural pests with an emphasis on biological control. Solving pest management challenges and supporting growers in their business is a key driver of Samantha’s research and extension efforts. At Cornell University, her PhD research was focused on protected culture strawberry where she developed practical approaches to management of two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae) and tarnished plant bug (Lygus lineolaris) that interleave into an IPM framework for this new system in New York. She joined the Ingwell lab as a postdoctoral researcher in 2022 with an interest in developing a systems-level approach to crop production and pest management on urban farms.

PhD Students

Leslie Aviles-Lopez

Leslie Aviles-Lopez

Curriculum Vitae

Leslie Alejandra Aviles Lopez is originally from El Salvador, Central America. She received her undergraduate degree in agronomy at the Pan American Agricultural University in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Leslie joined the lab in fall 2020 after completing her master's degree at Louisiana State University where she studied the host range of the invasive scale Nipponaclerda biwakoensis and host plant resistance among Phragmites australis populations. In her current position, she will evaluate best management practices for the two-spotted spider mite in high tunnel cucumber production systems, from cultivar selection to scouting and biological control tactics.

MS Students

Eze Pojmann Ezeonyilo

Eze Pojmann Ezeonyilo

I'm researching how manipulating light quality with LEDs can be used as a tool for managing aphids on hemp. I graduated from the University of Missouri with a BS in Plant Sciences and I studied sustainable agriculture for a semester at EARTH University, Costa Rica. My research interests include plant-insect interactions, insect behavior and urban agroecology.

Lab Alumni

Catherine (Caydee) Terrell, M.S., May 2022