Department of Entomology and Nematology
Amber is co-supervised by Dr. Rachel L. Vannette, Dr. Elina L. Niño and Dr. Florent P. Trouillas. She is a chemical ecologist with an interest in understanding the role of sensory systems in insect host choice. Amber's PhD dissertation focused on examining how variation in the olfactory system contributes to host specialization in cactophilic Drosophila. She is currently interested in exploring the role of microbes in insect host selection, and particularly in understanding how plant-microbe interactions, especially plant pathogens, can alter the chemical signatures that insects are exposed to. As well as how these interactions can influence host choice and the impacts of time and environmental conditions. While at UC Davis she will examine microbe-pollinator interactions, with a focus on plant pathogens and their potential microbial antagonists.