WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center

Elizabeth H Beers

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Rebecca Schmidt

Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris

Post-Doc

Current Address:
New York State Agricultural Experiment Station
630 W North St.
Geneva, NY 14456
cell: 509-264-5940

E-mail: schmidt-jeffris@cornell.edu

Curriculum Vitae



Project

Phytoseiids as Control Agents of Phytophagous Mites in Washington Apple Orchards

  • Releases of Galendromus occidentalis
  • Survey of phytoseiid species in commercial apple orchards
  • Increasing outreach opportunities for graduate students

Research/Professional Interests

  • Conservation of natural enemies to promote sustainable agriculture
  • Effects of plant traits on natural enemy performance
  • Behavior of Amblydromella caudiglans as a biological control agent

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Entomology
    Department of Entomology, Washington State University (WSU), Pullman, WA, 2015
    Dissertation: Phytoseiids as control agents of phytophagous mites in Washington apple orchards
    Research Advisor: Elizabeth Beers
  • B.S., Biology, minors: Chemistry and Psychology
    Washburn University, Topeka, KS

Publications

  • Beers, E.H. and Schmidt-Jeffris, R.A. (in review) Impacts of orchard pesticides on Galendromus occidentalis: repellency and irritancy. J. Econ. Entom.
  • Minteer, C.R., Schmidt-Jeffris, R.A., Coon, K. and Reall, T. (in review) 2013 Debates: Scientific issues that arise from a connected world. American Entomologist.
  • Schmidt, R.A. 2014. Leaf structures affect predatory mites (Mesostigmata: Phytoseiidae) and biological control: A review. Exp. Appl. Acarol. 62: 1-17. DOI: 10.1007/s10493-013-9730-6
  • Beers, E.H. and Schmidt, R.A. 2014. Impacts of orchard pesticides on Galendromus occidentalis: lethal and sublethal effects. Crop Prot. 56: 16-24. DOI:10.1016/j.cropro.2013.10.010
  • Schmidt, R.A. and Beers, E.H. 2014. Other important orchard phytoseiids. In E.H. Beers, J.F. Brunner, M.J. Willett, G. Warner (eds.),  Orchard Pest Management Online (http://jenny.tfrec.wsu.edu/opm/displaySpecies.php?pn=855)
  • Schmidt, R.A., Beers, E.H., Unruh, T.R., Horton, D.R. 2013. Releases of insectary-reared Galendromus occidentalis (Acari: Phytoseiidae) in commercial apple orchards. J. Econ. Entom. 106: 1996-2005. DOI: 10.1603/EC13153
  • Schmidt, R.A. and Beers, E.H. 2013. Amblydromella caudiglans. In E.H. Beers, J.F. Brunner, M.J. Willett, G. Warner (eds.),  Orchard Pest Management Online (http://jenny.tfrec.wsu.edu/opm/displaySpecies.php?pn=835)
  • Schmidt-Jeffris, R.A. and Beers, E.H. (in prep) Effects of trichomes on Galendromus occidentalis (Acari: Phytoseiidae): Preferences, fecundity, prey consumption, and field populations. Environmental Entomology.
  • Schmidt-Jeffris, R.A. and Beers, E.H. (in prep) Phytoseiids in Washington commercial apple orchards: biodiversity and factors affecting abundance. Journal of Economic Entomology.

Life on a Leaf

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