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The Frank Lab

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

Steve Frank

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

Kristi Backe

Post Doctoral Associate

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

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

Graduate Students

Christina Mitchell

PhD 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

Jane Petzoldt

MS Graduate Student

My research examines how street tree genotype and impervious surface area influence susceptibility or resistance to arthropod pests in northern and southern climates.

jepetzol@ncsu.edu

Caleb Wilson

PhD Graduate Student

My research examines the effectiveness of conservation biocontrol plantings to reduce insect tree pest damage in cities. The ultimate goal of my work is to support beneficial insects and tree health, control pest damage, and reduce pesticide reliance in cities.

cjwilso4@ncsu.edu

Research and Support Staff

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