Thursday, April 26, 2018
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Hawaii System
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
 
Current Team Members
Dr. Zhiqiang Cheng, PI

Professional Interest:

Management of broadly defined pests (insects, weeds, pathogens, nematodes, etc.) of turfgrass system and landscape plants; Soil ecology; Environmental bio-indicators.
Email: cheng241@hawaii.edu
                               


                              
Dr. Shijun Zhang (Visiting Scholar)

Shijun is an Associate Professor in Zhongkai University of Agriculture and Engineering, Guangdong Province, China. She is currently a visiting scholar in Dr. Cheng's lab for one year from August 2017 to August 2018. Shijun will mainly work on projects related tropical urban horticulture and landscape management.
Email: shijun2125@163.com


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Matthew Kellar (M.S. Student in Entomology, PEPS)

Matt graduated from Linfield College with a BS in biology. After graduating from Linfield, Matt began working with the Hawaii coconut rhinoceros beetle eradication team before attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa to pursue a master in entomology. Currently, Matt works on chemical control of various new invasive pests attacking landscape plants in Hawaii, including coconut rhinoceros beetle, Ficus stem and leaf gall wasps, and lobate lac scale.
Email: kellarm@hawaii.edu


                             
                              

AJ Lindsey (M.S. Student in TPSS)

AJ started his TPSS M.S. Program in August 2016. Funded by a CTAHR grant awarded to Dr. Cheng (Dr. Joe DeFrank in TPSS is Co-PI of this project), AJ is co-advised by Dr. DeFrank and Dr. Cheng. He is working on the project to suppress Bermudagrass from Seashore paspalum, an important research need of Hawaii's turf/golf industry.
Email: alexlind@hawaii.edu


                              
Kelsey Mitsuda (M.S. Student in Tropical Plant Pathology, PEPS)

Kelsey started her TPP M.S. Program in January 2017. She will primarily work on projects related to plant-parasitic nematode control on various ornamental plants and in turfgrass and landscape systems, and plant/crop safety related to control method(s) studied.
Email: mitsudak@hawaii.edu



                              
Mason Russo (M.S. Student in Entomology, PEPS)

Mason recently started his Entomology M.S. Program in August 2017. Mason has interest in a wide range of insects, and will mainly focus on biological control of coconut rhinoceros beetle using entomopathogenic nematodes and fungi, while participate in other projects in the lab, such as management of Ficus gall wasps, and lobate lac scale.
Email: russomas@hawaii.edu
                              

Previous Lab Members



Bishnu P Bhandari, M.S.

Bishnu was originally from Nepal. He started M.S. (Entomology) program in August 2013 in Dr. Cheng's lab at UH Manoa, and was awarded M.S. degree in December 2015. The title of his thesis was "Insect Pests of Common Ficus Species in Hawaii: Hosts and Management". Bishnu then worked as Technician in Dr. Cheng's lab in January to May 2016. Bishnu is currently a Technician in Dr. Koon-Hui Wang's lab in PEPS, CTAHR, UH Manoa.






Jennifer Michalski, M.S.

Jennifer came to UH Manoa from Michigan. She started M.S. (Entomology) program in August 2015 in Dr. Cheng's lab at UH Manoa, and was awarded M.S. degree in May 2017. The title of her thesis was "Effects of novel “lights out” mulching and fertilization turfgrass renovation technique on arthropod, weed, and nematode communities". Jennifer is now back home working at an institute of science in Michigan to curate the insect exhibit there.


Dr. Roshan Manandhar (Post-doctoral Research Associate)

Roshan worked in Dr. Cheng's lab as a Post-doctoral Research Associate from January 2016 to May 2017. His main project was biological control of coconut rhinoceros beetle using entomopathogenic nematodes. Roshan also participated with other projects, such as statewide survey of lobate lac scale. Roshan started his new position as an Entomologist at State of Hawaii Department of Health Kauai Office in June 2017.


Dr. Jing Li (Visiting Scholar)

Jing is an Associate Professor in Agricultural University of Hebei, Hebei Province, China. She was a visiting scholar in Dr. Cheng's lab for one year from February 2016 to January 2017. Jing's main project was biological control of coconut rhinoceros beetle using entomopathogenic fungi, such as Beauveria spp. and
Metarhizium spp. While in Hawaii, Jing also studied specimens of the genus Micrencaustes deposited in the Bernice P. Bishop Museum.

Mr. Jirapon El Kluaymai-ngarm

El was a visiting student from Thailand, and worked on various projects in Dr. Cheng's lab in the summer 2017.



Ms. Khaing Su Yin (Alice)

Alice was a visiting student from Thailand, and worked on various projects in Dr. Cheng's lab in the summer 2016.







Mr. Purvaansh Lohiya

Puru was a visiting student from Thailand, and worked on various projects in Dr. Cheng's lab in the summer 2015.











Mr. Gabriel Basílio

Gabriel was a visiting student from Brazil, and worked on various projects in Dr. Cheng's lab in the summer 2015.








 

Mr. Jameson Acoba (Undergraduate Student in PEPS)

Jameson worked on Chinese banyan gall wasps control project in Dr. Cheng's lab in Augsut to October 2013.












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