Undergraduate Students

Madison Hernandez

I am a second-year student pursuing a B.S. in entomology. I joined the Heteropteran Systematics Lab in June of 2016, as part of a research program hosted for stem students. I am currently studying the diets of reduviids, with a particular interest on local assassin bugs, especially Phymata pacifica. I've always loved insects, and loved studying them (the stranger, the better), so choosing a career in the entomology field seemed like the best fit for me. 

Anna Georgieva

This is my second year at UCR, and I am currently majoring in Biology, but I hope to be switching to Neuroscience soon. I was introduced to Entomology during my Freshman Advising Seminar and I started thinking about how I could incorporate it into my interest in the medical field. I was also interested in it because looking at and studying bugs is something I have never even considered before and I thought that it would be an interesting way to expose myself to new ideas. I initially worked on georeferencing for the ABDC Project, but started research on kissing bug host detection in spring 2015. 

Michelle Ly

Hi, my name is Michelle Ly. I am a freshman, majoring in Biochemistry at UCR, and I joined the Heteropteran Systematics Lab September of 2016. As I entered college, I wanted to explore different subjects and gain new experiences, so I was excited to be a part of an entomology lab. Although I constantly get bug bites, I have always found insects fun to observe and hope to learn more about them in my time here. I am currently assisting with the Dipsocoromorpha project by databasing and processing specimen images.

 Joanna Mai

I am a third-year undergraduate pursing a B.S. in Sustainability Studies and I joined the Heteropteran Systematics Lab in September 2016. The opportunity to work in the Heteropteran Systematics Lab has exposed me to the interesting world of Dipsocoromorpha bugs. I am a proud member of the team and I assist by databasing and georeferencing specimens!

  Kyle Whorrall

I am a senior entomology undergraduate from coastal Los Angeles. I have been working in the lab on Dipsocoromorpha since winter 2017. Current projects include description of a new genus and species of schizopterid and species diversity assessment of Ceratocombus through barcoding. In addition to insects, my interests include other arthropods and plants. I plan to continue pursuing insect systematics after graduation.