Amanda Skidmore

Graduate Research Assistant
Phone (859) 257-7450
Bessin Laboratory

Department of Entomology
S-225 Ag Science Center N
Lexington KY 40546-0091

Curriculum Vitae
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Dr. Ric Bessin and Dr. Mark Williams (UK Horticulture)


  • Ph.D. Entomology, (expected graduation 2018)
    Agricultural Entomology: Specialty Crop Integrated Pest Management
    University of Kentucky
    Major Professors Ricardo Bessin (Entomology) and Mark Williams (Horticulture) 
  • BS, Sustainable Agriculture and Entomology (2013)
    University of Kentucky 


My current research focuses on integrated pest management of cucurbits (squashes, pumpkins, gourds, melons, cucumbers) in organic and conventional growing systems in central Kentucky. I am investigating innovative techniques to increase natural enemy abundance and crop yield, while managing insect pests and diseases in these high value crops.


I actively participate in entomology extension at UK sponsored events as well as events within our local community, including 4H and public school demonstrations. These events are intended to teach the general public about insects and promote the university’s goals as a land grant institution.

Recent events I have participated in include:

  • University of Kentucky Pest Control Short Course 
  • University of Kentucky Ag Round Up
  • Fayette County Schools Science Fair
  • University of Kentucky Food Connection: First Friday

Recent Activity:

  • Entomological Society of America, North Central Branch Meeting Student Travel Scholarship (2016)
  • Entomological Society of America, North Central Branch Meeting, 3rd Place Winner of the PhD MOVE and P-IE Poster Competition (2015)

Professional Affiliations:

  • Entomological Society of America
  • Ohio Valley Entomological Society
  • Harrison Garman Entomology Graduate Club (President 2016-2017)


  • Integrated Pest Management 
  • Biological Control
  • Agroecology