Elanor D.S. Spadafora

  • Elanor Stevens
  • Position: Ph.D. student, Entomology
  • Expected Graduation Date: 2016
  • Email: stevense@umd.edu
  • Office: 4135 Plant Science

Research Interests

My research examines the role of aquatic vegetation in structuring insect communities of historic and restored wetlands. I am interested in patterns of trait variation and community composition of macroinvertebrates within and between wetland sites, with an emphasis on the family Dytiscidae (predaceous diving beetles). These predators, along with all aquatic invertebrates, provide an important trophic link both within wetlands and between aquatic and terrestrial habitats. For this reason, I am interested in understanding how the structural and functional characteristics of aquatic plants can influence invertebrate biodiversity.


  • PhD Fall 2010 to Spring 2015 (expected)
  • University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-4454
  • Degree Program: PhD, BEES
  • Advisor: Dr. William O. Lamp
  • B.S. 2005
  • Principia College, Elsah, IL 62028
  • Major: Biology

Awards and Recognition

  • 2013 CTE Graduate Lilly Teaching Fellowship, University of Maryland
  • 2013 Presidents Prize, Student Ten-Minute Paper Competition Entomological Society of America
  • 2013 Lois Reid Service Award, University of Maryland
  • 2013 Best Student Oral Award, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
  • 2009 Henry M. Paulson Biology Award, Principia College
  • 2009 George A. and Frances K. Andrews Citizenship Award, Principia College