Jessica Grant

  • Jessica Grant
  • Position: Master's Student, Entomology
  • Expected Graduation Date: 2017
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  • Office: 4124 Plant Sciences

Research Interests

My research interests broadly examine the relationships between plants and insects. Particularly I am interested in the interconnectedness of plant and insect morphologies, behavior, and management of pests. Currently I am looking at the kudzu bug, which was introduced in Georgia in 2009 and is an invasive pest on soybean crops. I am principally interested in its overwintering and relating that to potential limits to its spread in the United States.


  • Fall 2014 to Spring 2017 (expected)
  • University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
  • Degree Program: Master of Entomology
  • Advisor: Dr. William O. Lamp
  • B.S. 2012
  • Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29632
  • Degree Program: Biology


  • Grant, J., A. Leslie, and B. Lamp. 2014. Kudzu bug, a potential soybean pest, survives the harsh winter. University of Maryland Extension Agronomy News 5(4): 1-2.

  • Grant, J.I., D.M. Djani, and M.S. Lehnert. 2012. Functionality of a reduced proboscis: Fluid uptake by Phigalia strigataria (Minot) (Geometridae: Ennominae). Journal of the Lepidopterist's Society 66(4): 211-215.