Amy Morey

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How long have you been studying/working on insect cold hardiness?

Since my Master’s project, beginning in 2008.

What insect(s) do you study?

 The light brown apple moth (Epiphyas postivittana)

My research explores many levels of insect cold tolerance, all through the lens of the Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana), an invasive pest from Australia.  I am interested not only in the immediate effects of cold on individuals, but also effects that may transpire as fitness costs or, alternatively, selection pressures for adaptation.

I am also receiving a minor in the ecological risk assessment of invasive species and genotypes, so one primary application of my work is investigating how cold tolerance data can be used to improve predictions of risk of invasive species.

Cold Tolerance Publications:

Morey AC, Venette RC, Hutchison WD (2013) Could natural selection change the geographic range limits of light brown apple moth (Lepidoptera, Tortricidae) in North America? In: Kriticos DJ, Venette RC (Eds) Advancing risk assessment models to address climate change, economics and uncertainty. NeoBiota 18: 151–156. doi: 10.3897/neobiota.18.5288

Morey ACHutchison WDVenette RCBurkness EC. (2012) Cold hardiness of Helicoverpa zea (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) pupae
Environ Entomol. 2012 Feb;41(1):172-9. doi: 10.1603/EN11026.
Other Publications:

David AS, Kaser JM, Morey AC, Roth AM, and Andow DA. 2013.  Release of genetically engineered insects: A framework to identify potential adverse ecological effects. Ecol. Evol.  3:4000-4015.  doi:10.1002/ece3.737

Heidel TT and Morey AC. 2011.  First records of Hippodamia variegata (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) in Minnesota corn and soybeanThe Great Lakes Entomol.  44:83-85.

Burkness EC, DivelyG, Patton T, Morey AC, and Hutchison WD.  2010.  Novel Vip3A Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) maize approaches high-dose efficacy against Helicoverpa zea (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) under field conditions: Implications for resistance management.       GM Crops 1:337-343.