Lab News

Jan 22, 2019: Interested in how insects impact plant health? If so, then apply for a paid research and extension internship  through the Plant Pathology Department.  The stipend is $4900 for the summer (May 29-July 26, 2019).  Deadline is Feb 18, 2019.

Jan 13, 2019: Happy New Year!  January and February will be very busy in the Kim Lab.  First, I will at the University of KY to give two talks, start teaching a new undergrad course (Economic Entomology), participating in two beekeeping boot camps, host prospective students who will be visiting my lab, AND I have agreed to give two more talks in Biology and Plant Pathology this semester! Ack!! Super excited but a little overwhelmed!  When is spring break??

Dec 6, 2018: Madison Lofing presented her research at the Undergrad Research Symposium on Dec 6.  Madison examined whether flower morphology affected honey bee visitation rates.  She found that honey bees preferred composite flowers over non-composites but that there was also preference for certain plant species.  Way to go Madison on your first independent research project!

Nov 7, 2018: The Kim lab is heading to the Entomological Society of America meeting in Vancouver, BC.  Tania will be presenting a poster on Tuesday 11/12 entitled “Using Next Generation Sequencing to Determine Predator-Prey Associations” while Brian Spiesman will be presenting a poster on Tuesday as well entitled “Temporal variability & complementarity of resources in the landscape: Modeling the consequences for predators and their prey”.  Come by and say ‘”Hi!”

Oct 9, 2018: Our ant diversity paper entitled “Disturbance differentially affects alpha and beta diversity of ants in tallgrass prairies” is finally published in Ecosphere!  We found that harvesting grasslands had contrasting effects on local (alpha) diversity of ants and species turnover (beta-diversity) suggesting trade-offs in maintaining different forms of diversity.

Sept 7, 2018: I currently have funding for a Master’s or PhD student to start Fall 2019 (or Spring 2019 at the earliest).  Highly motivated students interested in landscape ecology, community ecology, plant-insect interactions, agro-ecology, or conservation, should contact me during fall 2018 for 2019 enrollment. See here for more information.

I currently do not have funding for postdoctoral research but am willing to write grant proposals with prospective postdoc.  Please see opportunities page for more details.

Sept 6, 2018: Are you an undergrad interested in gaining research experience?  If so, check out the Undergrad Research Experience in Entomology program!

Aug 16: The Kim lab was awarded two USDA grants. Grant #1: In collaboration with Claudio Gratton (UW Madison) and Brian Spiesman (KSU), we will examine how spatio-temporal heterogeneity in prey resources affect predator population dynamics in ag landscapes in WI. Grant #2: In collaboration with Ebony Murrell (The Land Institute) and Brian Spiesman (KSU), we will examine how border crops affect predators and pollinators in KS.

Interested in helping out? Check out the opportunities page for details on how to get involved.

Aug 1, 2018: Honored to be part of this review article (I’m author 76 of 157 authors!) published in PNAS this week. This review article, which utilized data collected from 132 studies from 31 countries worldwide, showed that natural habitat surrounding crop habitat may not consistently provide increased biocontrol of crop pests.  Click here for UC Davis press release.

July 29, 2018: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program applications are due in October 22 for Life Science.  Students interested in putting together an application to work in my lab should contact me in early fall.

July 24, 2018: Tania will be heading to New Orleans for the 103rd Annual Ecological Society of America meeting (#ESA2018). Students interested in joining my lab should contact me and we can meet up for coffee!

July 1, 2018: The Kim lab moved to Kansas State University!