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Department of Entomology

Hannah Rodman Gaines
Graduate Student

 

Additional Information

Hannah Gaines

Contact Information

Address:
444 Russell Laboratories
Department of Entomology
1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Phone Number:
(608) 263-0964

FAX:
(608) 262-3322

E-Mail:
E-mail Hannah Rodman Gaines

Research Interenst

My research interests are in the impact of habitat fragmentation and land-use on insect communities. More specifically, I am interested in how insect communities in agroecosystems are influenced by local and landscape scale land management and development.

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Education

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin USA

Graduate Student, Entomology and Agro-ecology, Present
Advisor: Claudio Gratton

Bates College, Lewiston, Maine USA

B.A., Environmental Studies (minor: German) with Honors, May, 2003
Honors Thesis: “The Impact of Patch Retention on Ground Beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) Communities in Western Maine”
Advisor: Curtis Bohlen

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Research Experience

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ USA

Research Assistant, May-August 2004 and May 2005-June 2006
Supervisors: Dr. Claire Kremen, Dr. Rachael Winfree, and Dr. Neal Williams

  • Field research on native bee populations and pollination in woods, old fields, and agricultural settings.
  • Worked with principle investigators to plan and develop field protocol.
  • Co-coordinated field program; trained and oversaw field assistants.
  • Collected, identified, pinned, and labeled native bees; maintained collection of 1800+ bee specimens.
  • Contacted farmers for permission to conduct research on over 25 farms in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
  • Created and maintained GIS project for field sites.
  • Created and maintained Excel database on field results.

Program in Environmental Studies, Bates College, Lewiston, ME USA

Undergraduate Research, May 2002 - May 2003
Supervisors: Curtis Bohlen (Bates advisor) and Andrew Whitman (Manomet)

  • Planned and conducted honors thesis project on impact of forest management on ground beetle communities in cooperation with the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences and the Maine Forest Service Insect and Disease Lab.
  • Collected, pinned, identified, and labeled 888 ground beetle specimens representing 28 species found in a variety of forest habitats in Maine.
  • Presented and defended findings before a committee of Bates professors and an outside examiner.
  • Reported results in Gaines, H.R., 2003. The Impact of Patch Retention on Ground Beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) Communities in Western Maine. Honors Thesis. In partial fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts. Bates College, Lewiston, ME. 38pp.
  • Member of an 8-person multidisciplinary team examining the ecological impacts of patch retention in forest management, and obtained extensive experience measuring forest structure.

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Scholarly Presentations

  • Hannah R. Gaines and Claudio Gratton. 2008. Influence of non-crop habitat on weed seed
    predation within potato crops. Oral presentation: The 93rd annual meeting of the
    Ecological Society of America, Milwaukee, WI.
  • Hannah R. Gaines and Claudio Gratton. 2008. Influence of non-crop habitat on carabid
    abundance, diversity, and weed seed predation in potato agroecosystems. Oral
    presentation: The annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Reno, NV.
  • Hannah R. Gaines, Paul H. Zedler, Nancy E. Mathews, Deana Knuteson, D. Leith Nye,
    Margaret V. Knight, Theodore W. Anchor, and Claudio Gratton. 2007. Poster
    presentation: Conservation of insect diversity and ecosystem services in non-crop habitats
    in Wisconsin potato agroecosystems. The annual meeting of the Entomological Society
    of America, San Diego, CA.
  • Hannah R. Gaines. 2003. Impact of Patch Retention on Ground Beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae)
    Communities in Western Maine. Poster presentation: Mount David Summit, Bates
    College, Lewiston, Maine.

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Honors and Awards

  • Honorable Mention, The 93rd annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Agroecology section student presentation award, Milwaukee, WI, 2008
  • Honorable Mention NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2006
  • Honors Thesis, Bates College, 2003
  • Inducted into Sigma Xi, Bates College, 2003
  • 2002 Hughes Summer Fellowship, Bates College, $3500
  • 2002 Hoffman Research Support Grant, Bates College, $1000

 

Links

Wisconsin Ecology Group: http://www.nelson.wisc.edu/meg/

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center: http://www.greatlakesbioenergy.org/

Wisconsin Healthy Grown Potatoes: http://www.healthygrown.com/

Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association: http://www.wiscran.org/

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