Graduate Education in Entomology at Cornell

Grad Student Spotlight

Patricia Pinheiro

Patricia Pinheiro

Patricia Pinheiro

Research Interests:  My thesis research focuses on evolutionary and mechanistic aspects of vector biology, virus transmission, aphid virulence to plants and other aspects of the plant-virus-vector interactions. Have aphids, endosymbionts and viruses co-evolved to enhance virus transmission? What mechanisms at the molecular level are involved in the vectoring phenotypes in aphids? 

Grad Student Spotlight

Manuel Ricardo Perez Alvarez

Manuel Ricardo Perez Alvarez

Manuel Ricardo Perez Alvarez

Research Interests: I am interested in insect ecology and community ecology, and the application of ecological theory for risk assessment and management of transgenic crops and conventional agricultural methods. I would like to address how GM crops may affect ecological functions and associated ecosystem services of the tropical agro ecosystems using two different approaches: ecological network analysis and functional biodiversity.