Lauren Culler

  • Lauren Culler
  • Position: M.S., Entomology
  • Graduation Date: December, 2008
  • Thesis/Dissertation: Macroinvertebrate Predators and Their Role in Shaping Freshwater Communities in Constructed Wetlands
  • Current Job: Ph.D. student, Dartmouth College
  • Email: leculler@gmail.com

Research Interests

My thesis research focused on the trophic ecology of macroinvertebrates in constructed and restored freshwater wetlands. First, I examined the response of macroinvertebrate predator and primary consumer communities to wetland construction and restoration. I also determined how abiotic factors may structure these communities. Second, I examined the role of two larval dytiscid beetles (Agabus punctatus and Agabus disintegratus; Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) in structuring the primary consumer community. Specifically, I determined their potential contribution to natural suppression of mosquito larvae in constructed wetlands.

Education

  • M.S. 2008
  • University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-4454
  • Department: Entomology
  • B.S. 2005
  • University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-4454
  • Major: Biological Sciences (Zoology)

Publications

  • Abdoulaye, D., R.K. Dabire, K. Heidenberger, J. Crawford, W. Lamp, L. Culler, and T. Lehmann. 2008. Evidence for divergent selection between the molecular forms of Anopheles gambiae: role of predation. BMC Evolutionary Biology 8:5.
  • Oral Presentation: Seminar presented to the Department of Entomology, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.
  • Culler, L.E. 2008. Macroinvertebrate predators and their role in shaping freshwater communities in constructed wetlands.
  • Oral Presentation: International Congress of Entomology, Durban, South Africa.
  • Culler, L.E., and W.O. Lamp. 2008. Predation by larval Agabus (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) on primary consumers in constructed wetlands.
  • Culler, L.E. and M. Raupp. 2007. Roses beware: Japanese beetles in your backyard. Groundwork (A publication of the Landscape Contractors Association MD-DC-VA).
  • Poster Presentation: Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, San Diego, California.
  • Culler, L.E., and W.O. Lamp. 2007. Beetle assemblages in natural and constructed wetlands on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
  • Poster Presentation: North American Benthological Society Annual Meeting, Columbia, South Carolina.
  • Culler, L.E., W.O. Lamp, M.R. Haube and D. Samson. 2007. Response of macroinvertebrate communities to restoration of a degraded Delmarva Bay.
  • Poster Presentation: Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Culler, L.E., W.O. Lamp, M.R. Haube. 2006. Patterns of macroinvertebrate community development in constructed seasonal wetlands and a restored Delmarva Bay on a Maryland farm.

Awards and Recognition

  • College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Outstanding Teaching Assistant Nominee (2008)
  • Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Grant Award, College of Life Sciences, University of Maryland ($250 ? April 2007)

Teaching

  • Teaching Assistant, BSCI103 The World of Biology, Fall 2007
  • Teaching Assistant, BSCI337 Biology of Insects, Spring 2008