Jennifer Sweeney

Jennifer Sweeney received her BA in Anthropology with a minor in biology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2014, during which she helped manage a fly lab in the Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences Department and researched the housefly’s role in vectoring disease. Before coming to Texas A&M to begin her Master’s in Entomology, she worked in animal research at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Jennifer currently works in the Rollins Center for Urban and Structural Entomology, her fieldwork research focused on attraction and repellency of the red imported fire ant Solenopsis invicta to compounds associated with bacterial signaling. The purpose of this work is to understand the possible roles bacterial signals play in the behavioral ecology of the ant colony, and by better understanding this interaction, make methods of pest control more effective. Her broader research interests include eusocial insect structure, evolutionary relationships between bacteria and insects, and urban insect species’ roles in forensic entomology.



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