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2012 Travel Award Winners

Alexis M. Barbarin received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana in her native city New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Alexis enrolled in the Entomology doctoral program at The Pennsylvania State University where she earned a master’s degree in Agricultural & Extension Education and a doctorate in Entomology under the guidance of Dr. Edwin Rajotte, focusing on the biology of the common bed bug, Cimex lectularius. Alexis will begin a postdoctoral position at the University of Pennsylvania in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Levy, investigating spatial dynamics and fungal susceptibility of bed bugs and the kissing bug, Rhodnius prolixus.

Tarryn Goble received her BSc undergraduate degree and honours in Entomology and Microbiology from Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. She also received her MSc in Entomology from Rhodes University with distinction. Tarryn is currently a PhD student registered with Rhodes University but working under the supervision of Professor Des Conlong of the South African Sugarcane Research Institute in Durban, South Africa. Her supervisor at Rhodes University is Professor Martin Hill. Tarryn has a passion for entomopathogenic fungi and in particular their use as bio-insecticides for the control of insect pests in agriculture.