For Students: The field crops entomology lab group includes graduate research assistants (currently 2 M.S. and 4 Ph.D.). Seasonally, undergraduate students from local colleges and universities take internships in the lab. These students are supported from a combination of scholarships and fellowships, state and federal research grants, and private sector contracts. A partial listing of their accomplishments listed below.
Luke Pruter, Ph.D. Entomology (Advisors: Michael Brewer and Julio Bernal): Management of leaf and ear-feeding Lepidoptera on corn, and association with aflatoxin and corn breeding.
James Glover, Ph.D. Entomology (Advisors: Michael Brewer and Greg Sword): Management of boll-feeding sucking bugs on cotton.
Isaac Esquivel, Ph.D. Entomology (Advisors: Michael Brewer and Bob Coulson): Spatial ecology of sucking bugs on cotton.
John Gordy, part-time Ph.D. Entomology (Advisors: Michael Brewer and Mo Way and Kevin Heinz): Management of sugarcane aphid on sorghum.
Jason Thomas, M.S. Entomology (Advisors: Robert Bowling and Michael Brewer): Outreach education with a focus on sugarcane aphid on sorghum.
Erin Maxson, M.S. Entomology (Advisors: James Woolley and Michael Brewer): Natural enemies of sugarcane aphid on sorghum.
Esquivel, I.L., M.J. Brewer, and R.N. Coulson. 2016. Spatial relationships of plant bugs in large scale cotton operations: do edge and ecotone matter? Beltwide Cotton Conf., New Orleans (2016 Beltwide Poster, Esquivel).
Esquivel, I.L., M.J. Brewer, and R.N. Coulson. 2016. Spatial relationships of plant bugs in large scale cotton operations: do edge and ecotone matter? Entomological Society of America, Southwest Branch Meeting. Feb 24, Tyler, TX. (poster presentation, 2nd place Ph.D. poster competition, Esquivel).
Maxson, E., M. Brewer, and J. Woolley. 2016. Species composition and seasonality of the natural enemies of sugarcane aphid on susceptible and resistant sorghum. Entomological Society of America, Southwest Branch Meeting. Feb 24, Tyler, TX. (poster presentation, 2nd place M.S. poster competition Maxson 2016 ESA).
Deleon, L., M. Brewer, I. Esquivel and J. Halcomb. 2015. Geographic Information Systems to Produce Pest Risk Maps for South Texas Cotton and Sorghum Land Managers. Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science Confrence Washington D.C. (Oct, Poster Presentation). 2015 Deleon poster DC. Link to magazine article that features this project:http://www.hispanicoutlook.com/featured-articles/2015/8/18/from-farm-to-data-table-students-use-geographic-information-systems-to-boost-crop-yields-by-michael-bratten.
Pruter, L., M. Brewer, T. Isakeit, S. Murray, J. Pekar, and N. Wahl. 2015. Genetic and Biological Techniques to Reduce Maize Pests, Pathogen Risk, and Improve Yield. Genetics of Maize Microbe Interactions Workshop, College Station, TX (Poster Presentation). 2015 Pruter GMMI
Reyes, A., M. Brewer, D. Anderson, A. Cartwright, and J. Halcomb. 2015. Evaluating Pest Risk in Cotton along the Texas Gulf Coast by Using Spatial Mapping Tools. ESA Southwestern Branch Annual Meeting, Tulsa, OK. Feb. 23-26, 2015. 2015 Reyes
Ahrens, T., D. Anderson, R. Bowling, M. Brewer, J. Gordy, S. Vyavhare, and M.O. Way. 2014. Efficacy of insecticides in management of sugarcane aphid on sorghum In Texas. Texas Plant Protection Conference, Bryan, TX (Dec, poster presentation). 2014 TPPA Ahrens
Ahrens, T., D. Anderson, R. Bowling, J. Halcomb, and M. Brewer. 2014. Setting an economic threshold for sugarcane aphid (Melanaphis sacchari) on sorghum infested during vegetative growth. Texas Plant Protection Conference, Bryan, TX (Dec, poster presentation). 2014 TPPA Ahrens et al
Cartwright, A., D. Anderson, J. Halcomb, and M. Brewer. 2013. Spatial mapping to estimate pest risk of verde plant bug in cotton grown along the Texas Gulf Coast. Natural Sciences 8th Annual Del Mar College Student Poster Session, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas, September 5, 2013. Cartwright Spatial mapping
Pruter, L., J. Halcomb, M. Brewer, D. Anderson, and J. Nelson. 2013. Regional cropping and landscape analysis applied to cotton pest management: risk assessment of a sucking bug. Beltwide Cotton Conf., San Antonio, TX. Jan. 7-10, 2013. Pruter 2013 Beltwide poster