Dr. James P. (Jamie) Strange
Jamie is currently the Chair of and a Professor in the Department of Entomology. He came to OSU in 2019 after working for USDA-ARS for 13 years as a research entomologist. Jamie began his career working as a USDA technician working on alfalfa breeding and seed production at the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, WA. He attended graduate school and studied honey bee health and genetics at Washington State University. He spent a year doing a post-doc at Cornell University before returning to the USDA-ARS at the Pollinating Insect- Biology, Management, Systematics Research Unit in Logan, UT. There he began working on bumble bees, their biology, parasites, and population genetics. Currently, he is working on bumble bee conservation issues.
Iliana Moore- MS Student
Iliana graduated from New College of Florida in 2019 with a B.A. in Biology. She conducted internships and research projects in several areas of entomology throughout her undergrad, but became interested in urban ecology and wildlife corridors through an internship in Latvia and a course in the subject. Her participation in the New College Pollinator Ecology Club, and its efforts to conserve and educate people about native pollinators, solidified her interest in pollinator conservation. To address her secondary interest in entomophagy, she completed her undergraduate thesis on the nutritional content of edible pillbugs. She is currently studying the effects of urbanization intensity on gene flow between urban bumble bee populations.
Liam Whiteman- MS Student
Liam graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2020 with a B.S. in Entomology and a minor in Geography. He also holds a certificate in Geospatial Information Systems. During his undergrad, Liam pursued diverse opportunities to expand his understanding of ecology like surveying for the federally endangered Southwest Willow Flycatcher and the Yellow-billed Cuckoo for the Bureau of Reclamation and conducting an undergraduate research project looking at mosquito larvae distribution at a National Guard training base. He is broadly interested in invasion ecology, ecosystem restoration, and the conservation of native species. At Ohio State, Liam’s research focuses on bumble bee pathogen and parasite prevalence along environmental gradients.
Dr. Pinar Barkan joined the lab as a post-doctoral researcher in March 2022. She has been working on bumble bees for over 10 years. She obtained her PhD from Hacettepe University, Turkey. Her project focused on revealing the venom composition of bumble bees by using bottom-up proteomic approaches. She later worked at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden as a visiting researcher/ post-doc where she extended her skillset further in in vitro assays. Having observed sharp differences in key toxins in closely related species, she became interested in delineating the factors influencing bumble bee venom composition. She obtained the Swiss Government scholarship (FCS) and worked at the Ecospat lab in the University of Lausanne as a post-doc. There she studied the composition of Bombus pascuorum venom along an elevation gradient in the western Swiss Alps.
Former lab members
Dr. Kayla Perry- Former Post Doc, now at Kent State University