Student Information

For Students:

The field crops entomology lab group includes graduate research assistants (currently 4 Ph.D.), one post-doc, and two research associates/assistants. Seasonally, undergraduate students from local colleges and universities take internships in the lab.  These students and professionals are supported from a combination of scholarships and fellowships, state and federal research grants, and private sector contracts.  A partial listing of their accomplishments are 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. 1st place award in poster competition, 2016 Texas Plant Protection Conference; 1st place award in poster competition, 2017 Southwest Branch Ento. Soc. Amer. annual meeting.
  • James Glover, Ph.D. Entomology (Advisors: Michael Brewer and Greg Sword): Management of boll-feeding sucking bugs on cotton. 1st place Ph.D. oral competition, 2016 Beltwide Cotton Conference, Entomology
  • Isaac Esquivel, Ph.D. Entomology (Advisors: Michael Brewer and Bob Coulson): Spatial ecology of sucking bugs on cotton. 2nd place Ph.D. poster competition, 2016 Entomological Society of America, Southwest Branch Meeting; C. Everett Slayer Cotton Fellowship, Texas A&M Foundation
  • John Gordy, part-time Ph.D. Entomology (Advisors: Michael Brewer and Mo Way and Kevin Heinz): Management of sugarcane aphid on sorghum. 1st place award in poster competition. 2015 Texas Plant Protection Conference; 2017 recipient of the Larry Larson Graduate Student Award in Applied Entomology, Entomological Society of America.

Recent Graduates:

  • Jason Thomas, M.S. Entomology, Summer 2017 (Advisors: Robert Bowling and Michael Brewer): Outreach education with a focus on sugarcane aphid on sorghum. 2016 Excellence Fellowship, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, TAMU.
  • Erin Maxson, M.S. Entomology, Fall 2017 (Advisors: James Woolley and Michael Brewer): Natural enemies of sugarcane aphid on sorghum. 2nd place M.S. poster competition, 2016 Entomological Society of America, Southwest Branch Meeting, 2016 Excellence Fellowship, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, TAMU.

 

 

2017 Lab Group

2016 Brewer lab group with Bowling’s lab (not pictured: Erin Maxson, James Glover)

2016 Brewer lab group with Bowling’s lab (not pictured: Erin Maxson, James Glover)

2015 lab group

2015 Lab Group

2014 Lab Group

2014 Lab Group

2013 Lab Group

2013 Lab Group

 

2012 Lab Group

2012 Lab Group

Recent student publications:

Deleon, L. (undergraduate, Del Mar/TAMUCC), M. J. Brewer, I. L. Esquivel (graduate, TAMU), and J. Halcomb. 2017. Use of a geographic information system to produce pest monitoring maps for south Texas cotton and sorghum land managers. Crop Protection 101: 50-57 (Full article can be accessed for purchase at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0261219417302090?via%3Dihub, it is available at no cost for individual or educational use by emailing Michael Brewer at mjbrewer@ag.tamu.edu)

Stanton, C. (undergraduate, TAMUCC), M. J. Starek, N. Elliott, M. Brewer, and M. M. Maeada  and T. Chu. 2017. Unmanned aircraft system-derived crop height and normalized difference vegetation index metrics for sorghum yield and aphid stress assessment. J. Applied Remote Sensing 11: 026035, (Full article can be accessed currently at no cost at http://remotesensing.spiedigitallibrary.org/article.aspx?articleid=2634986, it is available at no cost for individual or educational use by emailing Michael Brewer at mjbrewer@ag.tamu.edu)

 

Past publications and poster:

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

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