University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

University of Kentucky Invertebrate Ecology Laboratory


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Current Lab Personnel


Kacie Athey
Senior Laboratory Technician

Jamin Dreyer
Post-Doctoral Scholar


James Harwood
Principal Investigator


Hannah Penn
Graduate Student


Michael Sitvarin
Post-Doctoral Scholar


Peterson Harwood Lab

Lab Alumni:

KowlesKayelyn Kowles, PhD 2015.

Currently a post-doctoral scholar in the Haynes Laboratory, University of Kentucky Department of Entomology

WhitneyThomas Whitney, M.S. 2014 “Exploring the links between seasonal variation and spider foraging.”

Currently a PhD student at the University of Georgia

MuncyAnna Muncy, Undergraduate Student

Currently a Senior Laboratory Technician in the Fox lab at the University of Kentucky


BarneySarah Barney, student worker


WenteRebecca Wente, student worker


SchmidtJason Schmidt , Postdoctoral Scholar.

Currently a postdoctoral scholar with Dr. Matt Grieshop at Michigan State University.

ChapmanEric Chapman, Postdoctoral Scholar.

Currently working as a Research Analyst and Collections Manager in the Sharkey lab at the University of Kentucky.

WelchKelton Welch, PhD. 2013. “Selective utilization of microhabitats by web-building spiders.
Currently a postdoctoral research scholar, USDA-ARS, Brookings, SD

AllenChristine Allen M.S. 2013. “An assessment of the invasive poison hemlock and its insect associates in Kentucky”
Currently a laboratory and research manager, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

PetersonJulie Peterson, Ph.D 2012. “Delineating the influence of genetically modified crops and non-prey food resources on generalist predator food webs.”
Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist at the University of Nebraska West Central Research and Extension Center, North Platte, Nebraska

ThomasAnna Thomas Crombie, M.S. 2010. “Impact of dietary diversification on invasive slugs and biological control, with notes on slug species of Kentucky”
Currently working as an ecology teacher at Williamson County Schools, TN

EskelsonMichael J. Eskelson, M.S. 2010. “Trophic linkages between carabid beetles and slugs in strawberry agroecosystems”
Extension Educator at the University of Nebraska West Central Research and Extension Center, North Platte, Nebraska

RomeroSusan Romero, Postdoctoral Fellow .
Currently working as an entomologist at USDA APHIS in Nogales, AZ.


Hanna Burgin, Student worker:

Currently in Pharmacy School at the University of Kentucky

AdamsMark K. Adams, B.S. Student worker.
Currently graduate student at the University of Alabama.

Lab Visitors:


LuongDany Silvio

LuongNuria Macías Hernández, Visiting postdoctoral scholar from Aarhus University in Denmark.

LuongLien Luong, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta.

OpatovskyItai Opatovsky, visiting graduate student, Mitrani Department of Desert Ecology, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

ThominetSandrine Thominet, visiting student, Institut National Superieur des Sciences Agronomiques, Dijon, France

Kerzicnik Laurie Kerzicnik, visiting student, Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management at Colorado State University

Gabriele Rondoni


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