Maggie Douglas, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dickinson College
 Assistant Professor, Dickinson College

During my PhD, my field research focused on the intersection of seed-applied, systemic insecticides (neonicotinoids) and slugs, which are key pests in no-till cropping systems in Pennsylvania. I investigated how slugs transmit neonicotinoids to their insect predators, and how this movement in turn influences biological control of slugs in corn and soybeans. I also have a strong interest in synthesizing data to answer ‘big picture’ questions in agricultural pest management. Using published literature and government data sources, I estimated the use of neonicotinoid seed treatments in major U.S. field crops, and completed a meta-analysis to better understand the influence of neonciotinoids on predators of crop pests.

As a postdoctoral scholar, I am finishing up some projects in the Tooker lab while I transition into the Grozinger lab. My work in the Tooker lab involves using molecular gut content analysis of field-collected predatory beetles to further untangle the influence of seed-applied neonicotinoids on trophic relationships in no-till field crops.

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