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Faris, Ashleigh Instructional Assistant Professor


My faculty appointment is Academic Professional Track, so I do not have a research appointment at this time. However, my research interests lie in two areas: forensic entomology and field crop entomology. In regard to forensic applications, my research studies focus on the variation in blow fly development using molecular, ecological modeling, and biological approaches to improve time of colonization (TOC) estimates in decomposition ecology. My field crop interests focus on biological control through natural enemies, including predators and parasitoids, of invasive pest species and their plant-insect interactions. My study system is grain sorghum and the sorghum aphid Melanaphis sorghi (Theobald) (sorghum aphid) (previously published as Melanaphis sacchari Zehntner) (Hemiptera: Aphididae).

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  • Instructional Assistant Professor