Assistant professor, Orchard crops extension specialist
Nik’s focus is to develop and deliver research-based extension programs towards Oregon hazelnuts. Nik is an entomologist with experience in integrated pest management of orchard crops. Nik’s program includes research to manage pests of hazelnut, such as filbertworm and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, as well as broader issues such as cover crops and weed management in hazelnuts. These efforts are accomplished through cooperation with County extension agents, growers, the hazelnut commission, and crop consultants. Before leading the lab, Nik worked as a statewide leader in the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Program. Nik has an PhD in entomology from Washington State University and MS and BS degrees in entomology from Montana State University.
Heather Andrews – Faculty Research Assistant
Heather assists the research program through managing projects at NWREC and at cooperating growers’ farms. She also supervises a crew of research assistants for summer research trials. Before joining the lab, Heather completed an MS in Entomology from Virginia Tech and a BS from Southern Oregon University.
Kody Transue – Bio Science Research Tech
Kody helps manage field and lab trials in cooperating orchards and at NWREC.
Claire Donahoo – PhD student
A native of Lincoln, NE, Claire received her BS in Fish & Wildlife Biology with a concentration in Conservation Biology from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She then received her MS in Entomology at Montana State University in Bozeman, where she studied mortality dynamics and life tables of the alfalfa leafcutting bee. Her PhD will focus on biological control by samurai wasps, Trissolcus japonicus, of the invasive brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys. With degrees in fish & wildlife, entomology, and horticulture, Claire’s main interests are in ecology and conservation.
Anthony Mugica – MS student
Anthony’s work involves management of Pacific Flatheaded Borer, an insect, whose larval stage damages hazelnut trees.
Erica Rudolph is heading into another year working for the Orchard Crops Extension program as a student intern. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in spring of 2019, and is interested in obtaining a Masters in entomology, possibly with a focus on biocontrol. In the meantime, she is taking on the bulk of our bud mite work (she has excellent eye sight), and is also doing quite a bit of work with samurai wasps, and monitoring for brown marmorated stink bugs. In her free time, Erica enjoys collecting and curating insects, drawing and needlework.
Tatum Keys is heading into her third year as an intern for the Orchard Crops Extension program. She is currently attending Portland Community College, and is interested in getting a degree in entomology. This year she will be mostly focused on working with samurai wasps, and she’s a pro at checking fruit and nut samples for BMSB damage. Tatum enjoys hiking, and playing with her ultra cute puppy, Toast, in her free time.
Nate Edmonds is on year three of his internship with the Orchard Crops Extension program. He helps out quite a bit with plot maintenance, and we have been taking advantage of his excellent photography skills, which have been used to capture a myriad of pictures that will be incorporated into extension publications. Nate also helps out with his family’s hazelnut farm near Silverton. This spring he will be completing his sophomore year at Chemeketa Community College.
Bryan Webber – MS student
Bryan is working on research that will help Oregon’s hazelnut industry. A native of Rochester, IL, Bryan completed his Bachelors in Plant Science at University of Missouri-Columbia. While an undergrad, he held research positions that included working with an MU Black walnut breeder and an internship with USDA-ARS in Davis, CA. He has always loved working with trees and hopes to pursue a PhD or work with the nut industry.
David Lowenstein- Postdoctoral research associate
David is an ecologist and entomologist whose primary responsibility is to manage the Brown Marmorated Stink Project. His research focuses on the biology of samurai wasp, a parasitoid that attacks BMSB eggs. He is investigating samurai wasp’s establishment and movement in hazelnut and small fruit orchards and the potential for biological control. David comes to OSU with a PhD in Ecology and Evolution from University of Illinois-Chicago , an MS in Entomology from UW-Madison, and a BA from CUNY-Lehman College.
Rachele’s main interest is to broaden knowledge about insects’ behavior. Before joining the Wiman lab, she specialized in the study of vibrational communication, a widely spread and overlooked kind of communication among insects. She decoded and manipulated leafhoppers’ intraspecific communication to develop an environmental friendly pest control method. Rachele’s research focuses on studying spotted-wing drosophila behavior to improve management strategies. Rachele has a PhD in Ethology and Ecology and MS and BS in biology from University of Florence (Italy).
Aaron Heinrich (2016-2018) provided technical support for hazelnut and cider apple research as a Faculty Research Assistant. He currently works as a research trial coordinator for Wilbur Ellis.