Alana JacobsonAlana Jacobson

Assistant Professor

Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology


2012 Ph.D., North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, Entomology
2008 M.S., Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, Entomology
2004 B.S., New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, Agricultural Biology

professional experience

2014 – Present Assistant Professor, Auburn University
2012 – 2014 USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Fellow, North Carolina State University

professional affiliations

Entomological Society of America
American Phytopathological Society, member, 2013-present

research activities

My research interests are in understanding the abiotic and biotic factors that drive the spatial and temporal dynamics of insect populations in relation to economically important traits and agricultural practices. This encompasses both field and laboratory based projects aimed at addressing real-world issues and providing science-based, sustainable solutions for the management of both pest and beneficial insect populations. Specific areas of interest include studying the epidemiology of insect-transmitted plant viruses to better understand vector-virus interactions underlying transmission events, using population genetics as a tool to better understand the development and spread of economically important traits such as insecticide resistance, and applied research projects evaluating IPM tools and practices.

Recent Courses taught

ENTM 4020, Economic Entomology, Spring Semesters.

recent publications

  • Huseth AS, TM Chappell, K Langdon, SC Morsello, S Martin, JK Greene, A Herbert, AL Jacobson, FP Reay-Jones, T Reed, DD Reisig, PM Roberts, R Smith, GG Kennedy. 2016. Frankliniella fusca resistance to neonicotinoid insecticides: an emerging challenge for cotton pest management in the eastern United States. Pest Manag Sci. 2016 Jan 18. doi: 10.1002/ps.4232
  • Rotenberg D, AL Jacobson, DJ Schneweis, AE Whitfield. 2015. Thrips transmission of tospoviruses. Cur. Opinion Virol.
  • Jacobson AL and GG Kennedy. 2013. Electrical penetration graph studies to investigate the effects of cyantraniliprole treatments on feeding behavior of Myzus persicae (Hemiptera: Aphididae) on Capsicum annuum. Pest Manag. Sci. doi:10.1002/ps.3626
  • Jacobson AL and GG Kennedy. 2013. Specific insect-virus interactions are responsible for the vector competence of different Thrips tabaci isolines to transmit different Tomato spotted wilt virus isolates. PLoS One. 8(1): doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0054567
  • Jacobson AL, W Booth, EL Vargo, and GG Kennedy. 2013. Thrips tabaci population genetic structure and polyploidy in North Carolina in relation to competency as a vector of Tomato spotted wilt virus. PLoS One. 8(1): doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0054484
  • Jacobson AL, JS Johnston, D Rotenberg, AE Whitfield, W Booth, EL Vargo and GG Kennedy. 2013. Genome size and ploidy inference in four species of Thysanoptera, Thripidae and Aeolothripidae. Insect Molecular Biology. 22: 12-17. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2583.2012.01165.x
  • Jacobson AL and GG Kennedy. 2010. The effect of three rates of cyantraniliprole on the transmission of Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus by Frankliniella fusca and Frankliniella occidentalis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) to Capsicum annuum. Crop Protection. 30: 512-515.
  • Jacobson AL, RE Foster, C Krupke, WD Hutchison, B Pittendrigh and R Weinzierl. 2009. Resistance to pyrethroid insecticides in Helicoverpa zea (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in Indiana and Illinois. Journal of Economic Entomology. 102: 2289-2295.
  • Jacobson AL, DC Thompson, L Murray, SF Hansen. 2006. Establishing guidelines to improve identification of fire ants Solenopsis xyloni and Solenopsis invicta. Journal of Economic Entomology. 99: 313-322.