Becca Wilson

  • Becca Wilson
  • Position: Ph.D. Candidate, Entomology
  • Expected Graduation Date: 2018
  • Email: rcwilson2290@gmail.com
  • Office: 4135 Plant Science

Research Interests

My current research examines the problem of nuisance black flies in western Maryland through the lens of area-wide pest management. I am interested in the factors that drive the distribution of both the adult and larval flies, and using these factors to create predictive models to inform future management efforts. I am also conducting surveys with residents to determine the societal impact of the black fly nuisance.

Education

  • 2013-present
  • University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-4454
  • Ph.D. Program, Entomology
  • Advisor: Dr. William O. Lamp
  • B.S. 2012
  • University of North Texas, Denton, TX
  • Major: Biology

Publications

  • Wilson, R. C. and B. Lamp. 2015. Black flies, or "gnats" in nuisance swarms in Western Maryland. University of Maryland Extension Agronomy News 6(4): 5-6.
  • Wilson, R. C. and B. Lamp. 2015. Black flies, or "gnats" in nuisance swarms in Western Maryland. University of Maryland Extensions Vegetable and Fruit News 6(4): 7-8.
  • Wilson, R. C., A. W. Leslie, E. Spadafora, and W. O. Lamp. 2014. Identifying the nuisance black flies (Diptera: Simuliidae) of Washington County, Maryland. The Maryland Entomologist. 6: 41-48.
  • Awards

    • February 2015: Washington Biologist Field Club Research Award, "Distribution and identification of larval black flies within the Potomac River Basin."
    • August 2013-May 2014: University of Maryland Department of Entomology Dean's Fellowship Award