Faculty, Staff & Graduate Students Directory

Arthur Appel
Arthur Appel
Professor
Entomology & Plant Pathology
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-2562
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John Beckmann
Assistant Professor
507-412-0807
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Henry Fadamiro
Associate Dean for Research; Associate Director, AAES; Alumni Professor
107 Comer Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849-5401
334-844-8727
Kira L. Bowen
Professor
209 Rouse Bldg
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-1953
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Jeffrey J. Coleman
Assistant Professor
209 Life Sciences Building
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-1971
Leonardo De La Fuente
Leonardo De La Fuente
Professor
209 Life Sciences Bldg
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-2582
Hu
Xing Ping Hu
Extension Specialist Professor
204 Extension Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-6392
Nate Hardy
Nathaniel B. Hardy
Assistant Professor
Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
Auburn, AL 36849
David W. Held
Professor
301 Funchess Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-3818
Alana L. Jacobson
Assistant Professor
301 Funchess Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-5011
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Katelyn Kesheimer
Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist
105 Extension Hall
Auburn Univ., AL 36849
334-844-5072
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Joseph W. Kloepper
Professor
Entomology and Plant Patholoogy
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-1950
Ayanava Majumdar
Extension Professor
301 Funchess Hall
Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology
Auburn University, AL 36849
(251) 331-8416
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Kathy Lawrence
Professor
Dept. of Entomology & Plant Pathology
209 Life Science Building
Auburn Univ., AL 36849
334-844-1956
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Nannan Liu
Chair & Endowed Professor
301 Funchess Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-4266
Kathleen Martin
Assistant Professor
301 Funchess Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
John Murphy
John F. Murphy
Professor
Entomology & Plant Pathology
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-1954
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Sang Wook Park
Assistant Professor
228 Rouse Life Science Building
Auburn, AL 36849
334-844-1958
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Neha Potnis
Assistant Professor
Rouse Life Science Building
Office Number 226
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
(334) 844-2524
Edward J. Sikora
Extension Specialist Professor
153 ALFA Services Building
Auburn Univiversity, AL 36849-5624
334-332-7433
Amanda Strayer-Scherer
Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist
151 ALFA Services Building
Auburn, University, AL 36849
334-844-5074
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Geoffrey R. Williams
Assistant Professor
301 Funchess Hall, Auburn, AL 36849
334-844-5068

Administrative Staff

Sharon V. Bozeman
Lead Administrative Assistant-Academics
301 Funchess Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-5006
Melissa A. Gore
Accountant III
301 Funchess Hall,
Auburn University, AL 36849
3348441157
Michelle Pegues-Washington
Administrative Support Associate II - Acad.
209 Rouse Life Science Building
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-2550

Research and extention support Staff

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Abigail Anderson
101 Life Sciences Bldg Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-4830
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Rammohan R. Balusu
Research Fellow III
301 Funchess Hall Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-5006
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Marion R. Avery
TES Service Worker
301 Funchess Hall Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-7363
Howard L. Campbell
Research Associate IV
209 Life Science Building Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-1951
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Patrick Baggett
TES Technician
301 Funchess Hall Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-5006
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Marla Eva
Technician IV, Research
Entomology & Plant Pathology Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-2572
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James D. Burch
TES General Labor
143 ALFA Building Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-5006
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Dee Fowler
Research Associate IV
Entomology & Plant Pathology Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-2561
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Joseph C. Burch
TES Technician
143 ALFA Building Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-5003
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Fudd Graham
Research Fellow IV
301 Funchess Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-2563
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Bisho Lawaju
Postdoctoral Fellow
301 Funchess Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
(334) 844-5006
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Darius D. Carter
TES Technician
209 Life Sciences Building Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-5003
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Ting Li
Research Associate I
301 Funchess Hall Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-5025
John A. McInroy
Research Associate IV
559 Devall Drive
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-1951
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Linda J. Carter
TES Retiree
209 Rouse Life Science BLDG Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-5003
Hajeewaka C. Mendis
Research Associate I
205 Rouse Life Sciences Bldg
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-5006
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Trae Crocker
Entomology/plant Pathology
Auburn Research Park, CASIC Bldg 559 Devall Drive Auburn, AL 36832
334-844-7456
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Mary A. Delaney
TES Professional
164 Alfa Bldg Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-7363
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Charles H. Ray
Research Fellow IV
301 Funchess Hall Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-3836
Sy Mamadou Traore
Research Fellow I
205 Rouse Life Sciences Bldg
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-7363
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Lee Zhang
Research Fellow IV, Director Genomics and Sequencing Lab
Genomics and Sequencing Lab
101 FAHBE Building,
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-275-0721
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Kristie N. Siggers
Technician IV, Lab
143 ALFA Building Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-5506
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Andrew Sikkens
TES Technician Te
209 Life Sciences Bldg Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-5006
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Emily Sledge
TES Technician
201 Poultry Science Building Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-5006
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Marvin Twilley
TES Service
301 Funchess Hall Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-5006
Hu
Xing Ping Hu
Extension Specialist Professor
204 Extension Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-6392
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Katelyn Kesheimer
Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist
105 Extension Hall
Auburn Univ., AL 36849
334-844-5072
Ayanava Majumdar
Extension Professor
301 Funchess Hall
Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology
Auburn University, AL 36849
(251) 331-8416
Edward J. Sikora
Extension Specialist Professor
153 ALFA Services Building
Auburn Univiversity, AL 36849-5624
334-332-7433
Amanda Strayer-Scherer
Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist
151 ALFA Services Building
Auburn, University, AL 36849
334-844-5074

2018 -2023 Entomology and Plant Pathology Affiliated Faculty and Professership


Dr. Li Chen
Affiliate Associate Professor
State Key Lab of Integrated Management of Pest Insects and Rodents
Institute of Zoology
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Beijing, 100101 P. R. China
 

Dr. James Carl Jacobi
Affiliate Faculty
Alabama Cooperative Extension System
Birmingham, AL
 

Dr. Luz-Estela Gonzalez de-Bashan
Affiliate Associate Professer
CIBNOR
Environmental Microbiology Group
Mar Bermejo 195
La Paz, BCS 23090
Mexico
 

Dr. Patricia A. Donald
Affiliate Professor
209 Rouse
Auburn University, AL 36849
pad0016@auburn.edu

Dr. Steven R. Sims
Affiliate Faculty
1973 Rule Avenue
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
 

Dr. William J. Moar
Affiliate Faculty
Monsanto
800 N. Lindbergh Blvd
Mail Zone C3SE
St.. Louis, MO 63167
 

Dr. Mark Liles
Affiliate Associate Professer
Biological Sciences
College of Sciences and Mathematics
Auburn University
 

Wayne Brewer
Visiting Professor
301 Funchess Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-5006
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Gary Richard Mullen
Professor Emeritus
366 Funchess Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-2554
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Ronald H. Smith
Professor Emeritus
205 Extension Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-6394
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Michael L. Williams
Professor Emeritus
301 Funchess Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-2571
Kathy L. Flanders
Extension Specialist Professor
201 Extension Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-6393
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Austin K. Hagan
Professor
149 ALFA Building
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-321-8248
Rodrigo Rodriguez-Kabana
Distinguished Univ Professor
Entomology & Plant Pathology
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-1976

Entomology Graduate Students


Bryant Byrd
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. Held
Research: Parasitoid behavior and underground host detection in turf grass
Mengru An
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. Liu
Research: Tentative

John Mahas
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. Jacobson
Research: Insecticide resistance and landscape genetics of tobacco thrips
Alec Mayfield
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. Martin
Research: Localization and interactions of Tomato spotted wilt virus proteins in insect cells

Gwenndolyn Bird
Degree: Ph.D.
Professor: Dr. Hardy
Research: Evolutionary ecology of herbivorous insects
Richard Murphy
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. Hu
Research: Termite social/behavioral interactions

Madison Peterson
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. Hu & Dr. Appel
Research: Asian Cockroach biology
Cora Yates Baggett
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. Held
Research: Crape myrtle bark
Scale: crawler hatch and physiology

Gagan Deep Sharma
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. Beckmann
Research: Suppression of cytoplasmic incompatibility
Shanshan Jiang
Degree: Ph.D.
Professor: Dr. Liu
Research: Tentative

Autumn McLaughlin
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. Jacobson
Research: Whitefly-Begomovirus interactions influencing transmission of two tomato infecting viruses
Christian Baker
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. Williams
Research: Pest management in honey bees

Chelsea Smith
Degree: Ph.D.
Professor: Dr. Fadamiro & Dr. Appel
Research: Host seeking behavior of parasitoid wasps targetting cockroaches
Alan Smith
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. Ray
Research: Insect ecology and conservation

Daniel Oluwatomi
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. Held
Research: Biological control of crape myrtle bark scale using lady beetles
Luis Mendez
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. Beckmann
Research: Mosquito transgenesis

Gokhan Benk
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. Hu
Research: Integrated Pest Management
Basu Kafle
Degree: Ph.D.
Professor: Dr. Fadamiro
Research: Mechanisms of plant-insect interactions

Anthony Abbate
Degree: Ph.D.
Professor: Dr. Williams
Research: Wild bee biology
Sanowar Warsi
Degree: Ph.D.
Professor: Dr. Fadamiro
Research: Biological control of kudzu bugs

Suleyman Alparslan
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. Williams
Research: Neonicotinoids and polyandry in honey bees
Xin Wang
Degree: Ph.D.
Professor: Dr. Liu
Research: Tentative

Seun Oladipupo
Degree: Ph.D.
Professor: Dr. Hu & Appel
Research: Mode of action of identified essential oils on German Cockroaches
Selina Bruckner
Degree: Ph.D.
Professor: Dr. Williams
Research: Impact of neonicotinoids and Varroa mites on honey bee health

Gamze Mertoglu
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. Fadamiro
Research: Evaluation of biorational insecticides against Tetranychus Urticae on tomato
Yifan Wang
Degree: Ph.D.
Professor: Dr. Liu
Research: Status of insecticide resistance of mosquitoes in Alabama

Augusta Thurmond
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. Held
Research: Effects of crape myrtle bark scale infestation and control on visiting pollinators
Daniel E. Akwa
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. Beckmann
Research: Biochemical activity behind suppression of cytoplasmic incompatibility in the wild

Chloe Kaczvinsky
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. Hardy
Research: Evolution of diet breadth in phytophagous insects
Olufemi Ajayi
Degree: PhD.
Professor: Dr. Fadamiro
Research: Comparative physiological and chemoecological studies on temperate and tropical/sub-tropical fire ants, Solenopsis spp., in the southeastern United States: Possible implications for distribution patterns

Plant Pathology Graduate Students


Laura Melissa Gómez Arias
Degree: Ph.D.
Professor: Dr. De La Fuente
Research: Role of calcium in plant defense and in the virulence of Xyllela fastidiosa.
Rishi Brandari
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. Potnis
Research: Population dynamics and change in Xanthomonas sp. populations that cause bacterial spot of tomato and pepper in Alabama

David Dyer
Degree: Ph.D.
Professor: Dr. Lawrence
Research: Biological control of the reniform nematode.
Qing Ge
Degree: Ph.D.
Professor: Dr. De La Fuente
Research: Copper influence in the virulence traits of Xyllela fastidiosa.

Kara Gordon
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. Lawrence
Research: Utilizing fertilizer and nematode management strategies to reduce nematode yield loss.
Chris Gorman
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. Bowen
Research: Epidemiology of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum on Carinata.

Will Groover
Degree: Ph.D.
Professor: Dr. Lawrence
Research: Nematode management on turf
Mohammad Kamrul Hassan
Degree: Ph.D.
Professor: Dr. Kloepper
Research: Effect of pectin and orange peel amendments on soybean growth by the PGPR Bacillus velezensis.

Ranlin Liu
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. De La Fuente
Research: Natural transformation of Xylella fastidiosa in planta.
Wenshan Liu
Degree: Ph.D.
Professor: Dr. Park
Research: PGPR in drought stress on Arabidopsis.

Prabha Liyanapathiranage
Degree: Ph.D.
Professor: Dr. Potnis
Research: Characterization of the Type VI secretion systems of Xanthomonas spp.
Eber Naranjo
Degree: Ph.D.
Professor: Dr. De La Fuente
Research: Novel therapeutics to control ‘Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus’.

Miranda Otero
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. Coleman
Research: Interaction between Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. vasinfectum extracellular Dnases and cotton border cells.
Ambika Pokhrel
Degree: Ph.D.
Professor: Dr. Coleman
Research: Molecular mechanism(s) responsible for tolerance in F. oxysporum f. sp. vasinfectum.

Marina Rondon
Degree: Ph.D.
Professor: Dr. Lawrence
Research: Investigation of Corynespora cassiicola and its interaction with cotton and soybean.
Shreya Sadhukhan
Degree: Ph.D.
Professor: Dr. Potnis
Research: Plant microbe
interaction

WinDi Sanchez
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. Lawrence
Research: Potential of entomopathogenic nematode control of Athina tumida.
Seungyoen Seo
Degree: Ph.D.
Professor: Dr. Coleman
Research: Comparative genomic analysis of Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. vasinfectum and their small secreted proteins.

Marcus Silva
Degree: Ph.D.
Professor: Dr. De La Fuente
Research: ‘Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus’ and characterization of the genetic mechanisms of natural competence in Xylella fastidiosa.
Matthew Stinson
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. Bowen
Research: Epidemiology of Romularia leaf blight on cotton.

Pratima Subedi
Degree: M.S.
Professor: Dr. S. Park
Research: Role of OPDA Signaling in the Plant and Microbe Interactions.