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Rosie and Anjel enjoying the moment after learning of their 1st place awards!
December 7, 2015

Lab members gave eight presentations at the Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America held in Minneapolis, MN from 15-18 November 2015.

Hillary, a happy summer helper
September 17, 2015

This summer Hillary got a better understanding of how Integrated Pest Management can be implemented in field crops

Christina has enjoyed her time with the dissecting scope
August 2, 2015

Spiders are no longer scary when you stare at so many of them under a microscope!

Nolan setting up some sentinel prey
July 22, 2015

In his first research experience, Nolan is finding himself doing things he never considered relevant

Sarah assessing corn plants for insect and slug damage
July 12, 2015

Colgate undergrad (and State College native) Sarah Wylie did not know that she would embrace her summer gig in entomology, but she certainly has, and we are thankful for that!

Sarah find the good stuff in Scotia Barrens
July 5, 2015

Undergraduate Sarah McTish describes her research path to the Tooker lab.

April 2, 2015

Use of a class of insecticides, called neonicotinoids, increased dramatically in the mid-2000s and was driven almost entirely by the use of corn and soybean seeds treated with the pesticides, according to researchers at Penn State.

A gray garden slug feeding upon a soybean seedling
December 4, 2014

Our research in no-till soybean fields reveals that seed-applied, neonicotinoid insecticides are exacerbating slug populations by disrupting biological control. This peer-reviewed work, which was led by Ph.D. candidate Maggie Douglas, was published today in the online version of the Journal of Applied Ecology.

Former PhD student Eric Bohnenblust (right) collecting his Comstock Award from ESA President Frank Zalom
December 4, 2014

The Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America was held in Portland, OR, 16-19 Nov 2014. Seven lab members attended for a few days of scientific presentations, networking, and good fun. A few of our folks even walked away with some nice awards.

Marion injecting a slug with a fluorescent dye
September 14, 2014

Marion is starting to love slugs

Members of the lab enjoyed a great evening at a State College Spikes game.  Ben (back row in maroon shirt) in the center of it all, having a big time.
September 9, 2014

Ben brought a welcome enthusiasm to the lab; here he offers his insight on his time with us

Figure 1. Roots of a Bt corn variety heavily damaged by rootworms; this corn variety is supposed to resist damage from corn rootworms, but the insects appear to have evolved resistance to Bt
August 12, 2014

We have feared that rootworms may develop resistance to Bt varieties in Pennsylvania, and now we have evidence confirming some root worm populations may have done just that.

Kyle with his hand in a slug colony
August 12, 2014

Kyle is working toward a minor in entomology, but never did he think he would learn about such a range of research topics!

Pyramid traps for capturing brown marmorated stink bugs
August 2, 2014

Lab assistant Will has been helping study brown marmorated stink bug and pollinators in two distinct studies.

A squash bee visiting a pumpkin flower
August 2, 2014

Anthony is pursuing an ambitious field study to understand the influence of monocultures on bumble bee health

Rosie applying auxin paste to Solidago stems
July 28, 2014

In her second summer in our lab, Rosie has become quite a resource in the lab and is experiencing the ups and downs of research experiments

 Brightfield image of Eurosta solidaginis showing the hindgut and male terminalia (photo by István Mikó).
July 17, 2014

Anjel's project is taking her in unanticipated directions

Happy research subjects busy producing results
July 17, 2014

Plant face biotic and abiotic stress. Ian is studying the value of genetic diversity when plants are challenged by insect feeding and/or drought stress

Tonilynn in a cultivar mixture in Berks County
June 15, 2014

Tonilynn may not be an entomologist yet, but she is getting some good exposure