Faris, Ashleigh individual record
Instructional Assistant Professor

My faculty appointment is Academic Professional Track, so I do not have a research appointment at this time. However, my research interests lie in two areas: forensic entomology and field crop entomology. In regard to forensic applications, my research studies focus on the variation in blow fly development using molecular, ecological modeling, and biological approaches to improve time of colonization (TOC) estimates in decomposition ecology. My field crop interests focus on biological control through natural enemies, including predators and parasitoids, of invasive pest species and their plant-insect interactions. My study system is grain sorghum and the sugarcane aphid (Melanaphis sacchari) (Hemiptera: Aphididae).

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Academic Articles6
  • Elliott, N., Giles, K., Brewer, M., Szczepaniec, A., Knutson, A., Michaud, J. P., ... Grant, W. (2021). Recruitment of Natural Enemies of the Invasive Sugarcane Aphid Vary Spatially and Temporally in Sorghum Fields in the Southern Great Plains of the USA. Southwestern Entomologist. 46(2), 357-372.
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  • Esquivel, I. L., Faris, A. M., & Brewer, M. J. (2021). Sugarcane aphid, Melanaphis sacchari (Hemiptera: Aphididae), abundance on sorghum and johnsongrass in a laboratory and field setting. Crop Protection. 148, 105715-105715.
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  • Jonika, M. M., Hjelmen, C. E., Faris, A. M., McGuane, A. S., & Tarone, A. M. (2020). An Evaluation of Differentially Spliced Genes as Markers of Sex for Forensic Entomology,,. J Forensic Sci. 65(5), 1579-1587.
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  • Rusch, T. W., Faris, A. M., Beebe, L., Tomberlin, J. K., & Tarone, A. M. (2020). The upper thermal tolerance for a Texas population of the hairy maggot blow fly Chrysomya rufifacies Macquart (Diptera: Calliphoridae). Ecological Entomology. 45(5), 1146-1157.
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  • Faris, A. M., West, W. R., Tomberlin, J. K., & Tarone, A. M. (2019). Field Validation of a Development Data Set for Cochliomyia macellaria (Diptera: Calliphoridae): Estimating Insect Age Based on Development Stage. J Med Entomol. 57(1), 39-49.
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