Lab Members

  • Kevin Orta – PhD student

Kevin is currently focusing on understanding the colonization patterns of brown stink bug (Euschistus servus) and other stink bugs in North Carolina corn and soybean systems. More specifically, he is working to identify potential overwintering sites to provide growers with locations prone to stink bug colonization in an effort to increase scouting efficiency and minimize insecticide resistance by promoting effective spraying practices.






  • Taynara Possebom – MS student

Taynara is studying Helicoverpa zea (corn earworm/bollworm) in soybeans.  Her research continues our program’s thread investigating differences in H. zea ecology and behavior between indeterminate and determinate soybeans, with an emphasis on double-cropped soybean. A particular focus of hers’ is determining if there are differences in ovipositional preference on plants.





  • Alexis Alsdorf- MS student

Alexis works with Helicoverpa zea (corn earworm/bollworm) in corn, cotton, and soybeans. She is observing yield differences between similar Bt/non-Bt hybrids in corn throughout the state of North Carolina to help convince growers to plant refuge corn. In cotton and soybeans, she is investigating how different tillage practices influence the survival of bollworm pupae.





  • Igor Schardong – Undergraduate intern

Igor is a student from Brazil doing an internship with our program. Previously, he worked with entomophagy and soil fauna, but here his research is focusing on the effects of moisture on Helicoverpa zea.  He is asking questions like, do they emerge faster after a heavy rain or, do they burrow differently in different soils? Answers to these questions will be used to improve IPM decisions in North Carolina and inform resistance management.



  • Clifton Moore- Research Specialist

I started working with NCSU in 2013 as a research technician. I am responsible for conducting different field experiments across many different areas of the state.








  • Steven Roberson- Research Assistant

I am a NCSU graduate with a B.S. in Agricultural and Environmental Technology.  I started my career with NCSU Entomology in 2010.  I am responsible for conducting field experiments studying the ever-changing entomological issues with North Carolina’s field crops.







  • Emily Goldsworthy- Research Assistant

As a Research Assistant in the Reisig lab I maintain corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea) colonies to be used for field, greenhouse, or laboratory research throughout the year. During the warmer months I use pheromone traps, light traps, and sampling of fields to track the movement of many different insects moving through the northeastern part of NC. These insects can then be brought back to the lab for further testing to determine resistance to the Bt proteins used in field crops.





  • Dan Mott- Research Specialist

I got a forestry degree and was working at the U.S. Forest Service in the Entomology & Toxicology unit at RTP before starting my career at N.C. State, 1991.  My first taste of cotton research was bagging cotton yields using a one-row John Deere cotton picker.   One of our major pests back then was the budworm since corn earworms (Helicoverpa zea) were “easy”  control with pyrethroids.  Worked with transgenic cotton back in 1996; it was truly magical how well it controlled cotton insects.   I watched as our major pest shifted to stink bugs and now back to resistant corn earworms.

Lab Alumni

Past master’s and doctoral students

  • Daniela Pezzini, 2019-2022, Ph.D. Entomology, employed at Bayer Crop Science
  • DeShae Dillard, 2019-2022, M.S. Entomology, Ph.D. student at Michigan State University
  • Hayden Schug, 2019-2021, M.S. Entomology
  • Ben Arends, 2018-2020, M.S. Entomology, JABB of the Carolinas
  • Lewis Braswell, 2015-2018, Ph.D. Entomology, employed at Syngenta
  • Arun Babu, 2014-2018, Ph.D. Entomology, NC State University, postdoc at University of Georgia
  • Shawnee Gundry, 2016-2018, M.S. Entomology, NC State University
  • Forrest Howell, 2014-2016, M.S. Entomology, North Carolina farmer
  • Brad Fritz, 2013-2015, M.S. Entomology, employed at Certis USA
  • Alejandro Del Pozo-Valdivia, 2012-2016, Ph.D. Entomology, Assistant Professor of Entomology, Virginia Tech
  • Rachel Suits, Summer 2011-2013, M.S. Entomology, Oregon State University Extension Service

Post-doctoral scientists directed

  • Arun Babu, 2019-2020, NC State University, postdoc at University of Georgia
  • Mohammad-Amir Aghaee, 2015-2018, employed at Bayer Crop Science
  • Alejandro Del Pozo-Valdivia, 2016-2018, Ph.D. Entomology, Assistant Professor of Entomology, Virginia Tech
  • Sriyanka Lahiri, 2015-2017, Assistant Professor of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida

International visiting scientists

  • Maiquel Pizzuti, 2018, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Brazil
  • Guoping Li, 2014, Institute of Plant Protection, Henan Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
  • Jin Miao, 2014, Institute of Plant Protection, Henan Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China


We welcome applications to our lab depending on interest and funding.  Please send an e-mail to Dominic!