Alexzandra Murphy, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar - Entomology

Email Alex or 541-567-6337 x105

Department of Crop and Soil Science 

I am a native of Hermiston Oregon and am currently working on the economic threshold for the beet leafhoppers in potatoes in the Columbia Basin. Beet leafhoppers vector a phytoplasma, known as beet leafhopper-transmitted virescence agent (BLTVA) that causes purple top disease in potatoes.

Areas of Expertise: Resistance management, integrated pest management, mating behavior, taxonomy of Collembola

Education:

Ph.D. - 2011 - Entomology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

B.S. - 2006 - Entomology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Honors and Awards:

  • Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, Department of Entomology, Purdue University: 2010.
  • Outstanding Service by a Student Award, Department of Entomology, Purdue University: 2009
  • Kenneth and Barbara Starks Plant Resistance to Insects Graduate Student Research Award, Entomological Society of America: 2009
  • Ohio Valley Entomological Association, 1st Place, PhD category: 2008
  • Student Participation/Activity Award, Entomological Society of America: 2008
  • Ohio Valley Entomological Association, Honorable Mention, PhD category: 2007
  • Student Participation/Activity Award, Entomological Society of America: 2007
  • Clara H. Waldo and E.A. Cummings Outstanding Student Award, Oregon State University: 2006
  • Drucilla Shepard Smith Award, Oregon State University: 2003-2006
  • Oregon Scholar Award: 2002

Publications

Hometown: Hermiston, OR