New paper: How tiny wasps are responding to warming

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Here’s a post on ecoipm about my second paper: http://ecoipm.org/2014/11/23/cities-reduce-zombie-mothers-how-pests-escape-their-parasitoids-in-cities/

And a link to the paper: http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/10/11/20140586

And some press: http://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/such-pest-why-global-warming-could-make-sap-your-car-n253766

http://news.science360.gov/obj/story/3402b701-55fe-4555-8a00-d3f5367bb666/warmer-temperatures-limit-impact-parasites-boost-pest-populations

http://www.onearth.org/earthwire/missed-connections

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This is what a scientist looks like at NCSU

I was really excited to write a post for this AWESOME series at NCSU that highlights the diversity in our scientific community. It was inspired by this equally awesome tumblr site.

Here’s my post: http://news.ncsu.edu/2014/11/science-looks-like-emily-meineke/

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Green june beetle boogie

A post at Your Wild Life: http://www.yourwildlife.org/2014/10/june-beetle-boogie/

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The urban beasties of August

It’s the end of summer: The weather is ready to cool off, good beers are almost on tap, and pests are hammering ornamental plants. You’ve probably noticed your azaleas are covered in caterpillars, and almost every plant you own has sad, yellow leaves draped in spider mite webbing. So it goes.

Late summer is a fun time for entomologists for several reasons, and I get mega excited about the suite of caterpillars that hatch and feed this time of year. Most late-season caterpillars have the ability to eat leaves that are low in nutrients and full of defensive compounds built up over the growing season. Some of them even take up their host plant’s defensive compounds and turn them into defenses of their own against parasitoids and predators.

Enjoy the late summer beasties.

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tussock moth caterpillar

tussock moth caterpillar

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Urban zen: All photos, no science

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A little post on what happens when field work fails

On ecoipm: http://ecoipm.com/2014/07/08/when-fieldwork-fails/

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The zombie emerges

Andrew Ernst and I caught a parasitoid as it emerged from oak lecanium the other day. There’s no scale bar, but it’s about as big as a fruit fly.

Encyrtus fuscus emerging from oak lecanium

Encyrtus fuscus emerging from oak lecanium

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