Marissa Streifel


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

I began studying the impact of cold temperatures on insect populations in the summer of 2013. I joined the Salt Institute in the fall of 2014.

What insects do you study?

My research focuses on the Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar).

What is your main research?

I am studying the invasion biology of the gypsy moth at the northern extent of its current distribution. My thesis work focuses on the impact of snow insulation on overwintering mortality, and the spatial/temporal dynamics of a unique genetic strain of gypsy moth in northern Minnesota.

Presentations and Publications:

North Central Forest Pest Workshop: Poster title: “Spatial dynamics of a unique type of gypsy moth in the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota”

Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference: Talk: “Is Minnesota too cold for gypsy moth?”

Annual Gypsy Moth Review: “Is Minnesota too cold for gypsy moth?”

ESA: “Landscape-level evaluation of the effect of winter temperatures on summer trap catches of male gypsy moth”

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