Johnalyn Gordon

Mentor: Dr. Philip Koehler
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
"I got involved in research because I have always been interested in figuring out how the world works and why things work the way they do. I love that doing research gives one the opportunity to figure out the answers to these questions, and to add to our collective understanding of the world."


Wildlife Ecology and Conservation



Research Interests

  • Urban Entomology
  • 25b Products
  • IPM

Academic Awards

  • Jenning's Scholarship 2013
  • Urban Entomology Scholarship 2015
  • Florida Pest Management Foundation Scholarship in Urban Pest Management 2016
  • Pi Chi Omega Scholarship 2016


  • Urban Entomological Society
  • Lutheran Gators Campus Ministry


  • Sarah's Tent Homeless Ministry
  • Family Promise of Gainesville

Hobbies and Interests

  • Hiking
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding
  • Insect Collecting
  • Scuba Diving

Research Description

The Effects of Fatty Acid Salts on Bed Bugs
My project deals with testing fatty acid salt solutions for their efficacy in killing bed bugs (Cimex lectularius), specifically focusing on dish soap, which contains many different fatty acid salts, in comparison with individual soap salt solutions (potassium laurate and sodium laurate). I will be testing 3 hypotheses, dealing with whether the method of application affects efficacy of soap salt solutions, whether a combination of soap salts in a solution is more effective than solutions with individual salts, and whether soap salt solutions alone will have equal mortality to combinations of soap salts and essential oils.