Graduate Education in Entomology at Cornell

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Grad Student Spotlight

Nick Aflitto

Research Interests: I am fascinated by the sensory ecology of plants, insects that eat plants, and the predators that eat those insects.  My research focuses primarily on chemical and acoustic communication with the goal of revealing pest solutions that can be found in nature.


Grad Student Spotlight

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.