People 2017-08-21T08:44:17+00:00

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

Ian McAreavy

MS Graduate Student

I work in the city of Raleigh studying ornamental trees and how impervious surfaces affect their health. I also study the scale insects found in these trees and factors that can affect their populations.

icmcarea@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

Research and Support Staff

Cat Crofton

Research Technician

I assist students around the lab with their projects and am particularly fond of parasitoid identification. I also run experiments looking at the potential for break-down of dog waste by dung beetles.

cacrofto@ncsu.edu

Annemarie Nagle

Annemarie Nagle

Lab Manager

I’m responsible for making sure the Frank Lab runs smoothly. I also help with web content management, various research projects, and upkeep of equipment and field sites.

amnagle@ncsu.edu