My research interests broadly examine the relationships between plants and insects. Particularly I am interested in the interconnectedness of plant and insect morphologies, behavior, and management of pests. Currently I am looking at the kudzu bug, which was introduced in Georgia in 2009 and is an invasive pest on soybean crops. I am principally interested in its overwintering and relating that to potential limits to its spread in the United States.
- Fall 2014 to Spring 2017 (expected)
- University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
- Degree Program: Master of Entomology
- Advisor: Dr. William O. Lamp
- B.S. 2012
- Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29632
- Degree Program: Biology
- Grant, J., A. Leslie, and B. Lamp. 2014. Kudzu bug, a potential soybean pest, survives the harsh winter. University of Maryland Extension Agronomy News 5(4): 1-2.
- Grant, J.I., D.M. Djani, and M.S. Lehnert. 2012. Functionality of a reduced proboscis: Fluid uptake by Phigalia strigataria (Minot) (Geometridae: Ennominae). Journal of the Lepidopterist's Society 66(4): 211-215.