Alan Leslie

  • Alan Leslie
  • Position: Ph.D. candidate, Entomology
  • Expected Graduation Date: Spring, 2014
  • Email: aleslie@umd.edu
  • Office: 4129 Plant Science

Research Interests

Broadly, I am interested in how behaviors of aquatic macroinvertebrates can alter ecosystem-level processes. In streams, macroinvertebrates play important roles in processes such as the breakdown of organic matter, filtering suspended particles from the water, and providing important links in aquatic and terrestrial food webs. Rather than study pristine streams, my research examines the invertebrate communities of agricultural ditches on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. These aquatic habitats are not necessarily regulated as natural bodies of water, and are usually regulated as agricultural infrastructure. My work focuses on describing the structure of the macroinvertebrate community in these habitats, and determining functional roles of these invertebrates in ecosystem-scale processes occurring in ditches. As a part of this research, I am investigating the effects that burrowing invertebrates have on the delivery of phosphorus from sediment to surface water, and its transport to downstream receiving waters. Results from this work will reveal how important burrowing invertebrates are in determining the fate of nutrients transported through agricultural drainage ditches..

Education

  • Fall 2008 - Spring 2014 (expected)
  • University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-4454
  • Degree: Ph.D. Entomology
  • Advisor: Dr. William O. Lamp
  • Current GPA: 4.0
  • B.S. 2007
  • University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-4454
  • Major: Marine Biology
  • Cumulative GPA: 3.99 (summa cum laude)

Publications

  • Poster Presentation: Maryland Department of Natural Resources Streams Symposium, 2011.
  • Leslie, A. Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Communities of Agricultural Drainage Ditches on Maryland's Eastern Shore
  • Oral Presentation: Entomological Society of America Eastern Branch, 2011.
  • Leslie, A., W. Lamp. Using Macroinvertebrates to Determine Ecological Function of Agricultural Drainage Ditches
  • Poster Presentation: Society of Wetland Scientists, Annual Meeting, 2010.
  • Leslie, A., W. Lamp. Using Macroinvertebrates to Determine Ecological Function of Agricultural Drainage Ditches
  • Poster Presentation: Entomological Society of America Eastern Branch, 2010.
  • Leslie, A., W. Lamp. Associations of Macroinvertebrate Community with Environmental Conditions of Agricultural Drainage Ditches on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
  • Poster Presentation: Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, 2009.
  • Leslie, A., W. Lamp. Macroinvertebrate Community Assemblages of Agricultural Drainage Ditches on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
  • Poster Presentation: North American Benthological Society Annual Meeting, 2008.
  • Leslie, A., P. Jensen, W. Lamp. Development of an Artificial Diet to Test Plant-Incorporated Protectants (PIPs) in Caddisfly Larvae (Trichoptera: Limnephilidae).

Teaching

  • Teaching Assistant, BSCI106 Principles of Biology II, Fall 2008
  • Teaching Assistant, BSCI120 Insects, Fall/Spring 2009-10
  • Teaching Assistant, BSCI467 Freshwater Biology, Fall 2010, 2011

Awards

  • 2010-2011 Department of Entomology Teaching Achievement Award
  • 2011 Entomological Society of America, Eastern Branch, Student Oral Competition 3rd place ($100)
  • 2010 Society of Wetland Scientists national meeting 2010, Outstanding Poster Presentation ($250)
  • 2009 Maryland Water Resources Research Center Summer Fellowship ($5,500)

Outreach

  • Fall 2010 - Spring 2011, Entomology Student Organization, President
  • Representative of graduate student body at faculty meetings, reporting to graduate student body topics of discussion at faculty meetings
  • Fall 2009 - Spring 2010, Entomology Student Organization, Social Chair
  • Coordinated department-wide social events and activities for graduate students
  • Spring 2007 - 2010 Maryland Day (campus-wide open house)
  • "Discover the Swamp," a hands-on teaching demonstration of aquatic insects for kids and their parents