I presented at Entomology 2021, the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America (Oct 31-Nov 3; Denver, CO). Here’s a picture of me beside my poster, entitled “Phenology modeling of cotton fleahopper nymph emergence from woolly croton”. I placed second in the graduate poster competition in the Invasive Species and Vectors category.
I presented some of my preliminary results related to cotton fleahoppers at the annual graduate poster symposium hosted by the department (PLPM, TAMU) on April 21, winning second place in the early career category. It was a great experience interacting with the other graduate students and getting to know more about their research.
The following figures are from my poster entitled “Comparative electropenetrography of striped mealybug and cotton aphid on cotton,” presented at the 2020 conference of the Entomological Society of America.
Preliminary findings on feeding of striped mealybug and cotton aphid on cotton seedlings show characteristic waveform patterns of these two hemipterans.
I am a first year PhD student at Texas A&M University, having joined the Chappell lab in Spring 2020. I received my Bachelors degree from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai (India), and have completed my Masters in Food Science from The Pennsylvania State University.
My primary interests lie in studying vectored plant diseases through the interplay of inoculum quantification and transmission, and how stressors might influence these dynamics. To begin with, I have gotten started with cotton as a host, and intend on establishing vector colonies soon.