Graduate Education in Entomology at Cornell

Grad Student Spotlight

Zoe Getman-Pickering

Zoe Getman-Pickering

Research Interests I am interested in chemical communication in bi and tri-trophic interactions between plants and insects. In particular, i am interested in how invasive species interact with organisms in their novel range and how this can lead to rapid evolution. My research combines mathematical modeling and empirical studies.

Grad Student Spotlight

Anyi Mazo-Vargas

Anyi Mazo-Vargas

Research Interests:  I am interested in understanding how new morphological features develop and evolve to create the amazing diversity of forms we see in nature. Variations in morphology during evolution are the result of changes in regulatory programs during development. Thus, I want to focus on gene interactions specifically in the development of wing color patterns of Heliconius butterflies. My work should provide insights to understand what changes in developmental gene regulatory networks contribute to the formation of new phenotypes.