Ph.D. program, Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley Advised by Nicholas J. Mills
2004-2007: B.A. College of Creative Studies: Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara
My research interests include Parasitology, Marine Biology, Ecology, Invasive Species, and Biological Control.
My dissertation focuses on the Australian Light Brown Apple Moth, Epiphyas postvittana, and its natural enemies in California. Since its discovery and initial spread in California in 2007, this invasive moth has been in decline, contrary to the trend for most invasive species. Typically, invasive species are released from natural enemies, such as parasites, permitting successful population growth in their new regions. To understand this phenomenon, I study interactions between nutritional and defensive qualities of host plants and the resident parasitoid wasps and parasites that attack this moth in California.
1) Estimate the degree of variation in parasitism by parasitoid wasps of egg and larval stages of the Light Brown Apple Moth on different plant species in the field and the laboratory.
2) Determine the prevalence of infection of Light Brown Apple Moth larvae by a microsporidian parasite in field populations and its pathology.
3) Investigate the role of different host plants and nutrition on the pathology of the microsporidian parasite in Light Brown Apple Moth larvae.
Hopper, J.V., R. Poulin, and D.W. Thieltges. 2008. Buffering role of the intertidal anemone Anthopleura aureoradiata in cercarial transmission from snails to crabs. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 367: 153-156 (Hopper et al. 2008)
Hopper J.V., Nelson E.H., Daane K.M., Mills N.J. (2011). Growth, development and consumption by four syrphid species associated with the lettuce aphid, Nasonovia ribisnigri, in California. Biological Control 58 (3) 271-276 (Hopper et al. 2011)
Honors and Awards
Outstanding GSI award, 2012-2013 Department of Integrative Biology
GSI for ESPM 113, Insect Ecology, Spring 2014
GSI for ESPM 147, Field Entomology, Spring 2014
GSI for ESPM C107/IB 158LF, Biology and Geomorphology of Tropical Islands, Fall 2013
GSI for ES 100, Methods in Environmental Sciences, Spring 2013
GSI for Bio1B Field Section, Spring 2012
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