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The Frank Lab

Meet the members of the Frank Lab. You can find our lab alumni here.

Steve Frank

Steve Frank

Associate Professor & Extension Specialist

I am broadly interested in the ecology and management of arthropod pests. Herbivorous arthropods cause extraordinary damage to plants in agricultural, urban, and natural ecosystems. Understanding interactions between pests and their environment, plant hosts, and natural enemies can improve management practices and reduce pesticide applications.

Faculty Webpage | @EcoIPM | sdfrank@ncsu.edu

Postdoctoral Researchers

Michael Just

Michael Just

Post Doctoral Associate

I am an applied ecologist and am generally interested in disturbance ecology. I am currently working on projects related to urban trees.

mjust@ncsu.edu

Nora Lahr

Nora Lahr

Post Doctoral Associate

I study tree ecology and physiology, from street trees to natural forests. At North Carolina State University, I am investigating tree water stress in response higher temperatures, by measuring a suite of physiological variables for urban and rural trees with contrasting life history strategies (a species with a long lifespan and a slow growth rate versus a species with a short lifespan and a fast growth rate).

eleanorlahr.com | eclahr@ncsu.edu

Graduate Students

Kristi Backe

Kristi Backe

PhD Graduate Student

I am interested in urban ecology and am studying relationships between street tree diversity and the makeup of arthropod communities in trees.

kbacke@ncsu.edu

Samantha Small

Samantha Kaiser

Graduate Student

I am researching how insect diversity is impacted by the design and plant selection in bioswales.

srkaiser@ncsu.edu

Larry Long

Larry Long

PhD Graduate Student

I research how feral forest fragments mitigate the effects of urbanization on trees and their pests.

lclong2@ncsu.edu

Christina Mitchell

MS Graduate Student

I research how forest ecology is affected by increasing levels of urbanization and how that may change across a latitudinal gradient.

jcmitch5@ncsu.edu

Sarah Parsons

Sarah Parsons

PhD Graduate Student

My research explores how to manage pests on city trees through sustainable landscape design.

separson@ncsu.edu

Undergraduate Students

Kelly Harris

Kelly Harris

Undergraduate Researcher

I am interested in applying concepts of ecology and environmental engineering to promote biodiversity and ecosystem functions in urban areas.

Research and Support Staff

Annemarie Nagle

Annemarie Nagle

Lab Manager

I’m responsible for making sure the Frank Laboratories run smoothly. I also help with research, web content management, and creation of outreach and extension materials.

amnagle@ncsu.edu

Elsa Youngsteadt

Elsa Youngsteadt

Research Associate

As an insect ecologist, I am interested in plant-insect interactions and their responses to human modified environments. Plants and insects diversified together, producing the fascinating array of interactions we see in the world today—from seed dispersal and pollination to herbivory. My current research asks how urbanization and climate change alter plant-insect interactions, using scale insects and their host trees as a study system. I am comparing scale-insect abundance across urban, latitudinal, experimental, and historical temperature gradients. My other ongoing projects examine arthropod diversity and function across New York City green spaces, and the effects of Hurricane Sandy on New York’s urban insects. Ultimately, my goal is to understand how human activities, including both urbanization and restoration, can be guided to preserve a diversity of plants, insects, and their interactions.

Website | ekyoungs@ncsu.edu