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Sara Hermann

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NameSara  Hermann
TitleGraduate Student, PhD
DepartmentEntomology

Staff Profile:

Research Interests: 

I am interested in identifying and implementing novel ways to use insect ecology to combat pest issues in agroecological systems. My research focuses on insect behavioral and chemical ecology in predator-prey systems. Specifically, for my PhD work, I will be investigating mechanisms (predator specific cues) that allow non-consumptive effects to impact prey, understanding the results of non-consumptive effects on prey phenotype as well as the cascading effects of prey changes on their plant resources. In the Landis lab, I will further expand my work to larger spatial scales to identify if we can manipulate non-consumptive effects of predators to create a landscape of fear across agroecosystems to improve pest management.

Previous Education:

I fell in love with sustainable agriculture and IPM research while I pursued my B.Sc. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of South Florida, Tampa in 2011. While in Florida, I completed a undergraduate thesis on novel control methods for the Asian Citrus Psyllid using botanical attractants and repellants under Dr Lukasz Stelinski in the Department of Entomology at the University of Florida, Lake Alfred. I then went on to complete a Masters degree in the Department of Entomology with Dr Jennifer Thaler at Cornell University in 2015, where I gained my passion for predator-prey ecology and biological control. 

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Relevant Publications:

Hermann SL & Landis DA. Scaling up our understanding of non-consumptive effects in insect systems. Current Opinions in Insect Science. (In review)

Hermann SL, Thaler JS (2014) Prey perception of predation risk: volatile chemical cues mediate non-consumptive effects of a predator on a herbivorous insect.Oecologia 669–676. doi: 10.1007/s00442-014-3069-5