Jacob Wenger, Ph.D.

Jacob Wenger pictureAssistant Professor of Entomology

Office: Ag 225A
Phone: (559) 278-7754
Email: jawenger@csufresno.edu

Office Hours: Mondays 1:00-3:00

Current Courses: (Spr 2016)
PLTH 108 - Integrated Pest Management
PLANT 170T - Molecular Techniques in Plant Science

Plant Health Courses: 
PLTH 103 - Economic Entomology
PLTH 108 - Integrated Pest Management

Education: 
Ph.D. Entomology - The Ohio State University, OARDC - August 2015
B.Sc. Biology & Environmental Studies - Manchester University - May 2010 

Fields of Interest: 
My research focuses on how insects adapt to pest control tactics used in agroecosystems. More specifically I am interested in the evolutionary and ecological mechanisms that govern insect adaptation, and how these can be manipulated to slow the spread of resistance in pest populations. My work combines molecular and evolutionary biology with field ecology to understand pest adaptation holistically, from the genetic to ecosystem level. My graduate work at the Ohio State University combined population genomics with cage and field studies to clarify the inheritance and population dynamics of virulence to plant resistance in the soybean aphid (Aphis glycines). At Fresno State I am currently working to adapt my program to meet the needs of growers in the San Joaquin Valley.

Past Research: 
Cassone, B. J., Wenger, J. A., Michel, A. P. (2015) Whole Genome Sequence of the Soybean Aphid EndosymbiontBuchnera aphidicola and Genetic Differentiation among Biotype-Specific Strains. Journal of Genomics. 3: 85-94.

Wenger, J. A. and Michel, A. P. (2014) The Use of Refuge in Host Plant Resistance Systems for the Control of Virulent Biotype Adaptation in the Soybean Aphid (Hemiptera: Aphididae). Economic Entomology. 11: 1599‐1609.

Jun, T. H., Michel, A. P., Wenger, J. A., Kang, S. T., Mian, M. A. R. (2013) Population genetic structure and genetic diversity of soybean aphid collections from the USA, South Korea, and Japan. Genome. 56: 345‐350.

Wenger, J. A. and Michel, A. P. (2013) Integrating an evolutionary framework for understanding genetic relationships of phenotypically defined insect biotypes in the invasive soybean aphid (Aphis glycines). Evolutionary Applications. 6(7): 1041‐1053.