University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

University of Kentucky Invertebrate Ecology Laboratory


Christine AllenChristine Allen

Graduate Research Assistant; Masters Student


Department of Entomology
S-225 Agricultural Science Center N
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546-0091
Ph: 859.257.2759
Fax: 859.323.1120

Research Interests

My research interests are concentrated in tri-trophic chemical ecology. Currently, I am studying poison hemlock (Conium maculatum L.: Apiales, Apiaceae), an invasive plant that produces potentially toxic alkaloid compounds. Poison hemlock invasion may present many biological, environmental, and agricultural consequences. It is my goal to gain a better understanding of the plant’s ecology through the detailed examination of the movement of alkaloids through the food web. Chemical and molecular analyses paired with lab trials will allow me to characterize the biological and chemical processes that take place within poison hemlock invaded areas.



  • Paideia annual conference, Newport News, VA (2010)
  • Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (2010)
  • University of Kentucky Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Conference, Lexington, KY (2011)



  • Christopher Newport University’s Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science Pugh Award, (2010)
  • University of Kentucky Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Conference, 3rd place, poster presentations (2011)


Major Advisor

James D. Harwood


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