Larissa Laforest


Mentor: Dr. Christine Miller

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

"To get more involved in the sciences , especially with the writing and data collection."

Major

Biology-Biotechnology

Minor

Bioinformatics

Research Interests

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Bioinformatics
  • Entomology

Academic Awards

  • Dean's List (2016)
  • Dean's List (2017)
  • University Scholars Program (2017-2018)

Organizations

  • Inter-Residence Hall Association (IRHA) Ecoreps
  • Murphree Area Committee Member
  • Circle K International

Volunteer

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and North Florida
  • Humane Society Dog Helper

Hobbies and Interests

  • Dancing
  • Reading
  • Scrapbooking
  • Cooking

Research Description

Not Final: Long Term Effects of Parasitic Pest Control on Mole Crickets

We are Looking at the Long term effects of exposing mole crickets, an invasive pest species in florida, to their native parasites, nematodes. We are looking for any consequences arising from the exposure of mole crickets, since the early 1980's, and comparing these to mole cricket populations that were not deliberately exposed to nematodes. Although we are looking specifically at whether or not there exist any morphological differences between these populations, we are also looking for any other trends that have arised from the isolation of this host parasite relationship in the long term.