University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

University of Kentucky Invertebrate Ecology Laboratory


Hannah J. McKenrickHannah J. Penn

Graduate Research Assistant; Ph.D. 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

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  • Seeking Ph.D., Entomology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
  • B.A., Entomology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. May 2011.


Research Interests

I am primarily interested in how aspects of landscape impact foraging behaviors of ants with special emphasis on how landscape impacts dispersal, community composition, and nutrition. My current research focuses on the landscape impacts on ant and spider foraging in agroecosystems and how different types of vegetation inhibit dispersal between crop fields. Additionally, I am studying differential foraging patterns of ants and spiders on prey items found in both crop fields and unmanaged crop borders.


Recent Activity

  • • First place, PhD PIE Poster Session, ESA NCB 2013
    Penn HJ and JD Harwood. (2013). Impacts of potential prey availability on within field movement of spiders in agroecosystems. North Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America National Meeting, Rapid City, SD.
  • Selected to participate in Ant Course 2013, Villa Carmen, Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru


Professional Affiliations

Entomological Society of America
International Organization for Biological and Integrated Control of Noxious Animals and Plants
Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture


Major Advisor

James D. Harwood


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