Here are some pictures from 28th Annual UCR Urban Pest Management Conference (March 20, 2019), which was held at UCR Extension Center. We had 14 speakers from university, research lab, government agencies, etc. to provide the most up-to-date information for the conference attendees (mostly pest management professionals). We had a great turnout.
Our postdoctoral scholar, Dr. Jia-Wei Tay, has successfully completed her postoctoral research, and will be leaving the Choe laboratory. Dr. Tay has been working on a novel baiting system (i.e., biodegradable hydrogel bait) for Argentine ant, one of the most important invasive pest ant species in California. She will be taking a new position in University of Hawaii soon, working on urban / structural insects. For more about her research, visit http://www.jiaweitay.com/.
The lab members had the farewell lunch with Dr. Tay on Dec 4, 2018.
Good luck and all the best for your new endeavor, Dr. Tay!
The yellowjacket image we used for a recent publication is selected as the cover photo for August 2018 issue of Journal of Economic Entomology.
(D.-H. Choe, K. Campbell, M. S. Hoddle, J. Kabashima, M. Dimson, and M. K. Rust. 2018. Evaluation of a hydrogel matrix for baiting western yellowjacket (Vespidae: Hymenoptera).J. Econ. Entomol. 111: 1799–1805. https://doi.org/10.1093/jee/toy139)
Some good news to share!
Principal investigator in Choe Laboratory, Choe, is now promoted to Associate Cooperative Extension Specialist / Associate Professor in Urban Entomology.
Working hard and being focused is one thing, but this achievement would not be possible without all of supporters' help and encouragements (e.g., staff, students, faculty / academic mentors, co-workers, collaborators, etc.) over the last few years.
Thank you all!!
Our yellowjacket baiting study has been recently published in Journal of Economic Entomology.