Andrew Nisip

Mentor: Dr. Andrea Lucky
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
 
"I have always enjoyed observing nature and became fascinated with how insects went about their daily lives. Becoming involved with research allows me to pursue a life long dream and also professionally expand my knowledge in this field. The support I have gathered from my professors and fellow students has given me inspiration to continue researching ideas and answering the many questions the natural world has to offer."

Major

Entomology and Nematology

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Insect Behavior
  • Insect Husbandry
  • Population Genetics

Academic Awards

  • Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College Scholarship - 2015
  • Hetrick Scholarship - 2015
  • Natural Area Teaching Lab (NATL) Minigrant - 2016
  • University Scholars Program - 2016

Organizations

  • UF Entomology Club
  • Field Exploration & Recreational Natural History (FERNh)
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

Volunteer

  • UF Entomology Club
  • Staff- Big Heart Brigade

Hobbies and Interests

  • Insect Husbandry
  • Insect Collecting
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer

Research Description

Phenotypic Plasticity in the Florida Bark Mantis; Testing the Effect of Substrate Color
This research project investigates the role of environmental cues in color acquisition in the Florida Bark Mantis, Gonatista grisea. I will specifically examine color plasticity and test how a range of substrate colors influences G. grisea development. Known rarely, this species of praying mantis has been seen displaying shades of greens and blue to blend in with the lichen living on the bark of trees the mantis inhabits. This project seeks to further examine the validity of this color acquisition behavior and possibly look into the reasoning behind it.