Lab Members

Current Lab Members


David Prudente, M.S. Student

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David Prudente is from NYC and obtained his bachelor's degree in biology from New York University. He is very interested in conservation and the protection of native ecosystems and species from the many threats they face. 



Will Loner, Ph.D. Student

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Will (he/him) graduated from Carleton College in 2019 with a B.A. in biology. His research interests include insect outbreaks, the relationships between forest insects and carbon storage, and pollination ecology. He plans to continue studying connections between insect defoliators and carbon flux, using the invasive forest pest Lymantria dispar as a focal organism. 



Clare Rodenberg, Ph.D. Student

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After earning an M.S. degree in Geospatial Analysis from University of Mary Washington, Clare joined the lab Fall 2018. For her dissertation research, Clare is examining the effects of climate changes on the local population dynamics and invasive spread of the non-native forest pest Lymantria dispar.






Former Lab Members


 Cate Porter

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Cate earned her M.S. in 2023. She examined the roles of habitat connectivity in the spatial synchrony of outbreaks of the invasive moth Lymantria dispar.



Melissa Hey

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Melissa earned her PhD. in 2020. She investigated the implications of light pollution for ecosystem processes including spatial subsidies of nutrients via insect dispersal and decomposition.

Current Position: Lecturer, Bentley University.

Ariel Firebaugh

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Ariel graduated in 2018, earning a Ph.D. for her research on the impacts of light pollution on firefly populations and arthropod communities. You can learn more about Ariel's work here.

Current Position: Director of Scientific Engagement, Blandy Experimental Farm, University of Virginia.

Jonathan Walter

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Jonathan graduated in 2014, earning a Ph.D. for his work on the role of Allee effects in the invasive spread of Lymantria dispar.

Current Position: Senior Researcher, University of California at Davis.

Andrew Allstadt

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As a postdoc in the Haynes lab, Andy investigated the roles of climate change and temporal fluctuations in the spatial synchrony of weather in the population dynamics of forest-defoliating insects.

Current Position: Natural Resources Data Manager, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Rea Manderino

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Rea earned an M.S. degree studying the combined impacts of forest defoliation by gypsy moths and suppression of Lymantria dispar outbreaks with the microbial agent Bacillus thuringiensis on the diversity and abundance of native forest moth. Rea earned her Ph.D. from SUNY Environmental School of Forestry.

Current Position: Staff Scientist, Oak Spring Foundation