Kacie Athey

Kacie Athey

Laboratory Technician Senior

kacie.johansen@uky.edu
Phone (859) 257-2759
Fax (859) 323-1120

Department of Entomology
S-332 Ag Science Center N
Lexington KY 40546-0091

Curriculum Vitae
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Education

  • University of Kentucky (expected graduation 2017)
    Ph.D., Entomology
    Major Professor: Dr. James Harwood
  • University of Kentucky (2010)
    Master’s, Entomology
    Major Professor: Dr. Michael Sharkey
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha (2007)
    B.S., Biology (Honors)

Research Interests

My research focuses on biological control and predator-prey interactions in various agroecosystems including cotton, soy and cucurbits. In cotton and soy, I study several species of stink bugs as well as kudzu bugs with a focus on food web dynamics. I am interested in the effects of generalist predators on stink bug populations with an emphasis on early season predation. I seek to better understand how various predators interact with stink bug pests.

In addition, I am currently investigating intraguild predation under various organic growing practices in squash and melon crops.