University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Emily K. DobbsEmily K. Dobbs

Graduate Research Assistant; M.S. Student | Daniel Potter Laboratory

 

Department of Entomology
S-225 Agricultural Science Center N
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546-0091
Ph: 859.257.7475
Fax: 859.323.1120
Email: emkdobbs@gmail.com

Education

  • M.S., Entomology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. Expected August 2013.
  • B.A., Biology, Spanish Language and Literature, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY. May 2011.

 

Research Interests

My research involves combining sustainable land management and integrated pest management techniques to develop alternative, low-input turfgrass management strategies. I hypothesize that by increasing habitat complexity, insect biodiversity and ecosystem services will also increase by providing refuge and food for beneficial insects, as has already been extensively studied in agricultural systems. I propose to increase habitat complexity in turfgrass systems in three different ways:

 

1)  Increasing naturalized rough coverage on golf courses
2)  Raising mowing heights on home lawns
3)  Developing and installing Operation Pollinator plots in turf systems

 

I am studying changes  in ecosystem services and insect biodiversity, particularly those of beneficial insect populations (predators, parasitoids, and pollinators), associated with these alternative management strategies. 

 

Additionally, I am pioneering the first Operation Pollinator program for golf courses in the United States.  Through this program, I have developed and am evaluating different native wildflower seed mixes on Lexington golf courses for their benefits in attracting and sustaining desirable pollinators such as honey bees, native bees, and butterflies.

 

Grants and Awards

  • University of Kentucky, Department of Horticulture, Nursery and Landscape Mini-Grant, 2011 & 2012.
  • Syngenta, Operation Pollinator Grant, 2011.
  • University of Kentucky, Multiyear Fellowship, 2011.
  • University of Kentucky, Department of Entomology, Bobby C. Pass Award, 2011.
  • University of Kentucky, Department of Entomology, Daniel R. Reedy Quality Achievement Award, 2011.
  • National Science Foundation, Research Experience for Undergraduates, Towson University, 2009.
  • Transylvania University, William T. Young Scholarship, 2007, 2008, 2009, & 2010.

 

Professional Presentations

  • (Oral) Dobbs, E.K. (2012). Increasing habitat complexity to enhance beneficial insect biodiversity and ecosystem services in turf. Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
  • (Poster) Dobbs, E.K. and D.A. Potter. (2011). Quantification of insect biodiversity and ecosystem services in naturalized roughs on Kentucky golf courses. Entomological Society of America National Meeting, Reno, NV.
  • (Poster) Dobbs, E.K, Brown, M.G., Ownby, D.R., and Snodgrass, J.W. (2009). Dependence of salt toxicity on oviposit site selection in the water column by Cope's Gray Treefrog (Hyla chrysoscelisI). Towson University Undergraduate Research Symposium, Baltimore, MD.

 

Extension Presentations

  • Dobbs, E.K. (2012). Naturalized roughs, raised mowing heights, and wildflower plots enhance beneficial insect biodiversity and ecosystem services. University of Kentucky Annual Turfgrass Field Day, Lexington, KY.
  • Dobbs, E.K. (2012). Turfgrass management alternatives: Predators, pollinators, and native wildflowers. Kentucky Turfgrass Council Short Course, Louisville, KY.
  • Dobbs, E.K. (2012). Insect biodiversity and ecosystem services associated with naturalized roughs. Central Kentucky Ornamental and Turfgrass Association, Lexington, KY.
  • Dobbs, E.K. (2011). Insect biodiversity and ecosystem services associated with naturalized roughs. Turf Management (PLS 515) guest lecturer, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
  • Dobbs, E.K. (2011). Golf course biodiversity and Operation Pollinator. University of Kentucky Annual Turfgrass Field Day, Lexington, KY.
  • Dobbs, E.K. (2011). Golf course biodiversity and Operation Pollinator. Bluegrass Golf Course Superintendents Association Meeting, Arlington, KY.

 

Outreach Presentations and Events

  • Life of a Pollinator. (2012). Operation Pollinator blog. http://lifeofapollinator.blogspot.com/
  • Turfnet Media Network. (June 2012). Featured. "Bent on being part of the solution."
  • Griffin Gate Community Newsletter. (May 2012). Featured. "Golf."
  • Bugs All Day. (April 2012). Explorium, Lexington, KY.
  • GEN 100 Guest Lecturer. (Nov. 2011). College of Agriculture, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
  • Black Male Working Academy. (Oct. 2011). College of Agriculture, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
  • Bryan Station AP Biology Field Trip (May 2011). Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
  • Floracliff Nature Sanctuary Open House (April 2011). Floracliff Nature Sanctuary, Lexington, KY.

 

Professional Affiliations

  • Entomological Society of America (2010 - 2012)
  • Ohio Valley Entomological Association (2012)
  • Kentucky Academy of Science (2009 - 2010)
  • Sigma Delta Pi (2010 - 2011)

 

Major Advisor

Daniel A. Potter

 

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