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Dr. Matt Daugherty is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in UC Riverside's Department of Entomology. Prior to arriving at UCR, he spent time at UC Davis, Illinois State University, and UC Berkeley. 

A copy of his CV can be found here


Christina Hoddle has worked at UCR since 2004 on a range of projects in biological control and invasive species. Currently, she oversees the Temecula GWSS areawide monitoring program, and is active in monitoring for the South American palm weevil invasion through the San Diego area. Christina also serves as the Lab Safety Officer, the liaison for all safety related matters between the Department of Entomology and Environmental Health & Safety


Dr. Adam Zeilinger is a former UCR postdoc and current Associate Specialist at UC Berkeley. Adam is developing mechanistic epidemiological models of Pierce's disease in coastal Northern California vineyards 

Prospective graduate students

Prospective students should have a strong interest in population dynamics, food webs, plant-insect interactions, vector- borne disease (transmission ecology or epidemiology), invasion biology, or pest/disease management. The ideal candidate would have some background in quantitative methods, or at least an interest in using experiments to test theory. The Riverside area, and Southern California in general, offers a wide range of both natural and managed study systems in which to work. UC Riverside, in addition to Entomology, has programs in Biology, Botany, Plant Pathology, a graduate program in Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology, and centers for Invasive Species Research and Conservation Biology - all of which makes for a dynamic community of natural science researchers. Please contact Matt for further details

Undergraduate field and lab assistants

We regularly hire UC Riverside students, particularly during the summer months, to participate in ongoing research projects. These positions typically involve a combination of field, greenhouse, and laboratory work. Duties include maintaining plants and insect colonies in the greenhouse, field collection of insects and plant samples, and work under the microscope. Prior experience with lab methods or fieldwork is desirable, but is not required. To inquire about openings send a CV or list of work experience plus a description of your research/career interests to Matt


Lab alumni
Tyler Schartel, Illinois Natural History Survey
Sarah Lillian, data scientist
Diane Soto, biomedical sciences
Anuar Morales-Rodriguez, New Zealand Instit.    Plant & Food Res.
Brett Bayles, Domincan University of California
Nastaran Togangsazi, USDA-ARS
Shyam Thomas, U. of MN
Barret Gruber


100 Chapman Hall
Department of Entomology
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521


(951) 827-2246