Carmen Blubaugh (cblubau at clemson.edu)
PhD, Entomology, Purdue University (2015)
MS, Environmental Science, Indiana University (2010)
BA, Environmental Studies, Florida Atlantic University (2006)
Danielle is an MS student in the Blubaugh Lab (co-advised by Matt Cutulle), and came to us after completing her BS in Biology and Art at the College of Charleston. Danielle’s thesis grapples with the challenge of harmonizing mechanical, chemical, and ecological weed control tools in organic vegetable systems.
Nick is a PhD student in the Blubaugh Lab, and he came to us in August 2019 after finishing an MS at Iowa State University where he studied native bee community responses to prescribed fire and sustainable pasture management. Nick will examine costs and benefits of weed diversity in agroecosystems, focusing on functional traits of non-crop plants that promote conservation biological control while protecting crop yields.
Mary-Frances is a Plant and Environmental Sciences major at Clemson, and spent summer 2019 measuring the pest management consequences of excess organic fertilizers. As our resident insect taxonomy expert, Mary-Frances completed insect surveys on thousands of squash, tomato, and bean plants. She’s analyzing her huge data set to examine relationships between soil fertility, plant chemistry, herbivore pressure, and natural enemy attraction.
Andrew is a Plant and Environmental Sciences major at Clemson, and took Dr. Blubaugh’s Integrated Pest Management course in spring 2018. Andrew’s measuring weed seed predation services and examining beneficial insect communities over a gradient of weed management intensity.
Melina joined us for an internship in 2018 as a high school senior through Clemson’s Summer Program for Research Interns. Then she returned for summer 2019 as a full-time research assistant to do it all again! Melina examined relationships between weed diversity, predator diversity, and biological control of insect pests and weed seeds. Melina is now a student at the University of South Carolina.
Annie is an Environmental and Natural Resources Management major, and joined us for a research internship this summer through Clemson’s EUREKA program, and examined effects of structural habitat complexity on seed consumption by small mammals, fire ants, and native insect granivores.
Ivy Widick (Lab manager)
MS, Wildlife Biology, Humboldt State University (2018)
BS, Wildlife Biology (2015)
Ivy is a wildlife ecologist who uses species distribution models informed by local adaptation and biotic interactions to forecast changes in distributions of endangered giant kangaroo rat populations under varying climate change scenarios. Ivy worked with us previously as an undergraduate at Purdue University to describe small mammal movement and microhabitat use under varying risk conditions. She’s joined us again for a year to help get the new lab rolling, and is currently using video surveillance to examine antagonistic interactions between small mammals, invasive fire ants, and native insects. Ivy is now a landscape ecologist with the Wisconsin DNR
Although she’s very bad at following instructions, Rosie is an occasional field assistant and a placeholder for future amazing students! We’re currently recruiting students, so please check out my mentoring page if you’re interested in joining the lab.