Team Spotted Pest Spotters

Team Spotted Pest Spotters is predicting the risk of invasive insects, specifically the spotted lanternfly and spotted wing drosophila, to apple orchards in Connecticut and Massachusetts over the next 27 years by pairing species distribution models with information gathered from local farmers. They ultimately plan to communicate this risk to farmers to minimize the negative impact of invasive insects on orchard yield and profit. May 4, 2023 Project Presentation.

Team members:

Katja Kwaku, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Michael LaScaleia, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Durga Joshi, Natural Resources and the Environment
Bivek Bhusal, Plant Science and Landscape Architecture