Ryan Kuesel
Graduate Research Assistant

Professional Profile


Gonthier Agroecology Lab


  • BS: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2012 September-2015 April University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • PhD: Entomology, 2018 January-Present University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA

Work Experience

  • 2018 January-Present: Graduate Research Assistant University of Kentucky
  • 2014 August-2015 August: Garden Groundskeeper University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens
  • 2012 September-2014 April: Undergraduate Research Assistant University of Michigan SNRE

Research Interests

I am a PhD student and researcher in Dr. Gonthier's Agroecology lab. My research interests revolve around how landscape composition can influence population size of the invasive spotted wing Drosophila (Drosophila suzukii). By better understanding what features of a natural landscape influence this pest, I hope to better predict both the seasonality and overall risk of SWD infestation to ultimately help berry producers mitigate this pest's damage. My future work will include research into SWD control methods that reduce insecticide usage.