Nicole Quinn is a postdoctoral research Associate at the USDA-ARS Beneficial Insects Introduction Unit and University of Massachusetts. Nicole graduated from Gettysburg College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in biology and a minor in English. In 2015, she completed her M.S. at Michigan State University on habitat management for beneficial insects in cucurbit agroecosystems. She completed her PhD in Entomology in December 2019 at Virginia Tech, where she studied the behavior and biological control of the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys). Currently, she is studying the classical biological control of emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis).


Emerald ash borer infested trees


The brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys)


The samurai wasp (Trissolcus japonicus) has become a major focal point of my research. More information about this parasitoid can be found here: https://www.stopbmsb.org/biological-control/samurai-wasp-trissolcus-japonicus/