The Frank Lab

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Steve Frank

Associate Professor & Extension Specialist
I am broadly interested in the ecology and management of arthropod pests.

Postdoctoral Researchers

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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.

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Nora Lahr

Post Doctoral Associate
I study tree ecology and physiology, from street trees to natural forests.

Graduate Students

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Kristi Backe

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

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Samantha Kaiser

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

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Larry Long

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

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Christina Mitchell

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

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Sarah Parsons

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

Undergraduate Students

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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

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Annemarie Nagle

Lab Manager
I manage the Frank Lab website and laboratories. I also assist with research and the creation of outreach and extension materials.

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Elsa Youngsteadt

Research Associate
As an insect ecologist, I am interested in plant-insect interactions and their responses to human modified environments.