Anjel Helms

Anjel Helms
Assistant Professor of Chemical Ecology
Department of Entomology
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program
Texas A&M University

Graduate Students

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Natalie Aguirre
Ph.D. student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Natalie graduated with a B.S. in biology from Pepperdine University. During this time, she completed an honor’s thesis conducting research on the interaction of drought stress and pathogen infection in a chaparral shrub species, Malosma laurina. She then spent a year as a Fulbright scholar at the Universidad Politecnica in Madrid, Spain, where she studied effect of water stress on Dutch Elm Disease. Most recently, Natalie worked for the Everglades Foundation in Miami, Florida, creating educational programs and materials about the Florida everglades.

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Morgan Thompson
Ph.D. student in Entomology
Morgan graduated with a B.S. in biology from The College of William and Mary in 2016. It was there that she developed a love for insects and scientific research. She then headed to the University of Maryland and graduated in the spring of 2019 with a Master’s of Science in entomology. Morgan’s research interests include plant-insect interactions, agroeclogy, and insect community ecology, and she is excited to learn more about chemical ecology and multi-trophic interactions in the Helms Lab. Outside of lab life, Morgan enjoys spending time with friends and family, teaching group fitness classes, and being outdoors and hiking. Please check out her website or Twitter to learn more.

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John Grunseich
Ph.D. student in Entomology
John graduated from Texas A&M University in fall 2018 with degrees in Soil and Crop Science and Entomology. He is originally from Bellevue, Texas and is interested in plant-insect interactions and their implications in ecology and integrated pest management. After pursuing his master’s degree, he has begun his PhD in entomology researching plant responses of root-feeding herbivores in corn. You can also follow him on Twitter.

Undergraduate Students

Laura Marmolejo
Undergraduate Researcher
Texas A&M University 22′
Howdy! My name is Laura Marmolejo and I am a fourth-year entomology major at Texas A&M University in College Station. I have been working under Dr. Anjel Helms as an undergraduate research assistant since early 2019. Aside from my daily tasks, I have conducted research on the striped cucumber beetles’ attraction to cucurbit VOCs. My most recent research has focused on determining plant priming through multiple cucurbit pests on the zucchini squash. I am currently wrapping up experiments and data analysis in order to publish my findings this summer. I also hope to begin finding graduate programs for my Masters by establishing connections in the entomological world! Follow her on Twitter.

Lab Alumni

Danelle Merrell
Undergraduate Researcher
Texas A&M University 21′
Horticulture and Entomology 

Emma Manuel (now M.S. student at Oregon)
Undergraduate Researcher
Texas A&M University 21′
Entomology

Andreísa Fabri Lima
Ph.D. student Entomology
Universidade Federal de Lavras

Allison Hay
Undergraduate Researcher
Texas A&M University 21′
Bioenvironmental Science and Wildlife and Fisheries

Tammy Starr (now M.S. student at Purdue)
Undergraduate Researcher
Texas A&M University 19′
Forensic and Investigative Sciences and Entomology

Caroline Burks
Undergraduate Researcher
Texas A&M University 19′
Bioenvironmental Science

William Grisales
Undergraduate Researcher in Ali Lab
Penn State Chemical Engineering

Maggie Kuzemchak
Undergraduate Researcher in Ali Lab
Penn State Earth Science and Chemistry

Nina Matulis
Undergraduate Researcher in Ali Lab
Penn State Forensic Science