Welcome to the von Dohlen research group at the Department of Biology, Utah State University, Logan, Utah!
Our current research centers on the evolution of sap-feeding insects and their bacterial endosymbionts, evolution of gall formation and life cycles in sap-feeding insects, and molecular phylogenetics of insects.
The witch-hazel shown above is a host plant of aphids I studied as a graduate student. Witch-hazel aphids form galls on their host plants and have fascinating, host-alternating life cycles. Both aphids and witch-hazels have intriguing, disjunct distributions in eastern North America and eastern Asia. How and when such disjunctions developed in aphids has been another subject of our research.
Our lab is recruiting highly qualified and motivated students for summer/fall 2017. Contact Dr. Carol von Dohlen for more information.
We welcome undergraduate research assistants Thomas Crowley and Samantha Garrett to the lab!
Undergraduates Cody Bills, Lina Ghabayen, and Ghazal Abu Salim presented posters at the USU Undergraduate Research Symposium–great job, all!
Lina Ghabayen was awarded an Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunities grant from USU. Congratulations!
Previous mealybug symbiont work was highlighted in Ed Yong’s article in The Atlantic; see the article’s outstanding featured publication on repeated replacement of mealybug symbionts, by Husnik and McCutcheon in PNAS.
Juanita Rodriguez accepted the position of Hymenoptera Research Scientist/Curator at CSIRO–wonderful news! And a place to stay in Australia 🙂
Katie Weglarz received an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant–congratulations Katie!
Both Katie Weglarz and Zach Portman were awarded USU Dissertation Enhancement Grants–congrats!
Ian Aper was awarded an URCO (undergraduate research) grant and Cody Bills was awarded a College of Science Minigrant–great job, guys!
Juanita Rodriguez successfully defended her dissertation—congratulations! Juanita will be moving on to a post-doc in Jason Bond’s lab at Auburn University.
Cecilia Waichert successfully defended her dissertation—congratulations! Cecilia was awarded a Brazilian fellowship for a one-year post-doc here at USU with James Pitts.
Katie Weglarz and Zach Portman passed their comprehensive exams!