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Current Lab Members

Kyle Haynes, Research Associate Professor

Kyle Haynes


Ph.D. Zoology, Louisiana State University, 2004
M.S. Wildlife Ecology, Utah State University, 1998
B.A. Ecology and Evolution, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1994

Editorial Boards:

Ecography (2016-present)
Ecosphere (2013-2016)

Ariel Firebaugh, Ph.D. Student


Ariel graduated from the Blandy Experimental Farm REU program in 2011 and from Roanoke College in 2012 (Biology, B.S.). While pursuing her Ph.D., she hopes to create conversations about what the ecosystems of the future will look like by examining how human activities impact insect populations across multiple spatial scales. Her current research hopes to illuminate how artificial light pollution is affecting firefly flashing behaviors and demography through a combination of field work and spatial analysis. Ariel also maintains strong research interests in insect dispersal and invasion ecology. You can learn more about Ariel's work here.

Melissa Hey, Ph.D. Student

Melissa graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2015, double majoring in Biology & Environmental Science. During her time at William & Mary she became passionate about ecology as well as conservation biology. This translated to her undergraduate research in which she explored drivers of plant-insect interactions using common milkweed and the monarch butterfly as her study system. While she is wandering away from milkweed for her graduate research, she hopes to continue doing research at the interface of ecology and conservation. 


Former Lab Members

Jonathan Walter

Jon Walter

Jonathan graduated in 2014, earning a Ph.D. for his work on the role of Allee effects in the invasive spread of gypsy moths.

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Virginia Commonwealth University (Advisor: Derek Johnson)

Andrew Allstadt

Andrew Allstadt

As a postdoc in the Haynes lab, Andy investigated the roles of climate change and temporal fluctuations in the spatial synchrony of weather in the population dynamics of forest-defoliating insects.

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin (Advisors: Anna Pidgeon and Volker Radeloff)

Rea Manderino


Rea earned an M.S. degree studying the combined impacts of forest defoliation by gypsy moths and suppression of gypsy moth outbreaks with the microbial agent Bacillus thuringiensis on the diversity and abundance of native forest moth.

Current Position: Ph.D. student, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Advisor: Dylan Parry)

Undergraduates (Funding from NSF-REU program)

Lauren Okafor, 2017, Howard University

Amoi Campbell, 2016, Howard University

Coral Bielecki, 2015, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Isabel Keddy-Hector, 2015, Bard College

Carolyn McDermott, 2014, Buena Vista University

Carmen Kraus, 2013, University of Georgia

Kristin Ocasio Rodriguez, 2012, University of Puerto Rico at Bayamon

Hilary Wayland, 2011, University of Virginia

Natalia Betancourt, 2010, University of Puerto Rico at Bayamon