Nicole Quinn is an assistant professor focusing on the classical biological control of insects at the University of Florida Indian River Research and Education Center in Fort Pierce, Florida. 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). Her postdoctoral research at the USDA-ARS Beneficial Insects Introduction Unit and University of Massachusetts focused on the classical biological control of emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis). Currently, she is studying the classical biological control of hibiscus mealybug (Nipaecoccus viridis).


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/