Associate Professor of Horticultural Entomology
Ada (both A’s pronounced the same way) Szczepaniec [Stra-PA-nyetz] is originally from a small town in northern Poland, and she came to the U.S. in 1998 after finishing high school in Poland. Ada earned her B.S. in Cell Molecular Biology and Genetics and Ph.D. in Entomology from University of Maryland, College Park. Her Ph.D. work focused on the mechanisms underlying secondary pest outbreaks in urban landscapes exposed to neonicotinoid insecticides. She has since studied IPM in field crops, indirect effects of insecticides on plant-arthropod interactions, and induction of direct and indirect plant defenses in response to herbivory. Ada’s current work is focused on sustainable approaches to management of pests associated with industrial hemp in conventional and organic hemp production, incorporating biological control in IPM of hemp and specialty crops, insecticide resistance, and management of new emerging pests.
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Current Lab Members
Gabe joined the Szczepaniec lab in April 2022 and helps out with lab management, research, and content development for the CSU extension program. Gabe is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and enjoys cooking, playing guitar, and being outdoors in his free time.
Taylor joined the Szczepaniec lab during the summer of 2021 and has assisted with greenhouse and field research of hemp russet mites, and quinoa pest research in southern Colorado. In fall 2021 Taylor started his M.S. project focused on developing IPM strategies for alfalfa mosaic virus transmitted by aphids to chili peppers. He enjoys playing video games and dungeons & dragons in his free time.
Insect Pest Management
Paige joined the Szczepaniec lab in the Spring 2023 semester. She studied wildlife and natural resource management as an undergraduate. In her spare time, Paige enjoys photographing insects, reading, hiking with her dog (Jinx), and aerial dancing. After earning her Masters degree, Paige plans on pursuing a career in resource security, conservation, and sustainable insect pest management.
Neha joined the Szczepeniec lab in Spring 2023. Her masters work focused on the phenotyping of introgressed mustard lines for resistance against mustard aphid. For her doctorate, Neha will be working on sustainable management options for a new leaf miner pest of quinoa. Besides this, Neha loves to spend quality time with family and friends.
Sustainable Integrated Pest Management
Lara joined the Szczepaniec lab in Fall 2023. Her masters work focused on the valorization of pistachio shells in greenhouse media mixtures. For her doctorate, Lara will be working on developing sustainable pest management tactics for aphids and alfalfa mosaic virus in chili peppers. In her free time, Lara enjoys watching soccer and formula 1 as well as cooking and travelling.
Former Lab Members
Annabelle joined the Szczepaniec lab in Spring 2023 and assisted in laboratory research. In her free time, Annabelle enjoys climbing, hiking, and reading.
Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
Justice joined the Szczepaniec lab in Spring 2023 and assisted with laboratory research. He is majoring in fish, wildlife, and conservation biology, and minoring in entomology. Justice is interested in invasive entomology and the ecology behind managing these pests. He is originally from Baton Rouge, LA, and enjoys hiking, climbing, and being out on the water in his free time.
Soil and Crop Sciences
Luke joined our lab in his senior year as a soil and crop sciences major with a minor in agricultural biology plant health. He has over 10 years of horticultural experience and assisted with laboratory research related to aphid transmission of alfalfa mosaic virus and management of hemp pests. Luke graduated in fall 2022 and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in pest management with the Nachappa lab. In his free time, Luke enjoys cooking, gardening, and being in nature with his dogs.
Rebecca is a 3rd year undergraduate student majoring in horticulture and minoring in organic agriculture. Rebecca is interested in pollination ecology and pollinator conservation by incorporating regenerative agricultural practices in our food system. Rebecca is originally from San Diego, California, and hopes to help find ways to grow plants more sustainably to help mitigate climate change.
Carlo is a junior majoring in controlled environment horticulture and minoring in entomology. He joined the lab in summer 2022 and assists with field and laboratory research. In his free time, Carlo enjoys spending time with his cat Josie and houseplants.
Ecosystem Science and Sustainability
Kat is a 4th year undergraduate student majoring in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and minoring in Microbiology. She joined the Szczepaniec lab in 2021 and helps with research projects. In her free time, Kat loves being outside and learning new things about the world. Kat also has a pet bunny and is from Castle Rock, Colorado.
James joined the Szczepaniec lab in 2021 and assisted with laboratory and field research. He is currently a senior at CSU, and in his free time James enjoys playing guitar and riding dirt bikes.
Darren worked in the Szczepaniec lab from 2021-2022 as a research associate, assisting with lab management and research. Currently, he is still a CSU employee in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability where he works as a research proposal coordinator.
Abby joined the Szczepaniec lab as a research assistant after graduating from CSU in 2021. She assisted with research, lab management, and developing content for the CSU extension program. Abby is currently pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Maryland.
Join Our Team
We are currently accepting new students interested in entomology and horticultural specialty crops. We solve important and practical problems for growers and emphasize the importance of an integrated pest management approach to our research.
Please email Dr. Ada Szczepaniec with your interest.