Graduate Students

One of the primary missions of the Edisto Research and Education Center is to support the undergraduate and graduate teaching programs taking place on campus.  Each year undergraduate classes and career clubs from Ag Education, Ag Engineering, Ag Mechanization, Agronomy, Animal Science, Entomology, and Plant Pathology come to the Edisto R.E.C. to visit with scientists and extension specialists to get a better idea of what is going on in each field on an applied level.  Graduate students often spend the entire summer at the station their first few years and then stay at the station to conduct research full time after they have finished their classes.  Students currently conducting research at the station include:

Current Graduate Students Working at Edisto R.E.C.

grant pilkay

Grant Pilkay graduated from college several times with his Associates from Fayetteville Technical Community College, his Bachelor's in Wildlife Science from NC State,  and his Master's in Science Education from UNC Pembroke.  He started his PhD in Clemson University's Entomology program under Dr. Francis Reay-Jones in 2010 examining the spatial and temporal patterns of stink bug movement in mixed-crop farmscapes.  He has worked in many fields from armored trucking to a hardware store and has taught all levels of public education as well as lecturing as an adjunct for Fayetteville Tech teaching Biology in evening classes.


Brittany Lampson

Brittany Lampson
Brittany graduated from The Governor's School for Science and Mathematics in 2003.  She graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. in Biosystems Engineering in 2007.  She received a “PSA Next Generation Graduate Fellowship” and began working in August 2007 on an M.S. in Biosystems Engineering with Dr. Han, Dr. Khalilian & Dr. Greene.  Her project involves the development of novel detection methods for identifying species of stink bugs.  She attended the 2008 Annual Meeting for the South Carolina Entomological Society and presented a paper on "Characterization of Substrate-Borne Vibrational Signals of Euschistus servus".


Kristen Carter graduated from Bridgewater College in 2009 with a BS in biology and a minor in equine science.  In May 2010, she began working on an M.S. in entomology with Dr. Jeremy Greene.  Her project is "Treatment thresholds for bollworm [Helicoverpa zea] in second generation Bt cotton".  This past year she has attended and given presentations at the GA/SC joint entomological society meeting, the annual Beltwide Cotton Conference, and the Southeastern branch meeting of the Entomological Society of America.


ginger devinney

Ginger Devinney graduated from Northwestern High School in 2005.  She graduated from Winthrop University with a B.S. in Biology.  She received the Nettles Endowed Memorial Grant, Carl and Ruby Nettles Entomology Student Travel Award, and the James D. "Denny" Ford Award.  Her research involves the efficacy of precision-applied in-furrow nematicide/insecticide (Temik™) and seed treatments (AERIS®, AVICTA®) in management zones defined by soil electrical conductivity on populations of thrips and nematodes in cotton.  She has presented papers at the 2010 South Carolina Entomological Society Meeting, 2011 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, and 2011 Entomological Society of America-Southeastern Branch Meeting.  Ginger is currently the Vice President of the Clemson University Entomological Society.

mengxuan hu Mengxuan Hu graduated from the Anxiang First High School in China.  She got her bachelor's degree in turfgrass management from Michigan State University in 2010.  Mengxuan began working on a M.S. degree at Clemson University under Dr. Pawel Wiatrak in May 2011.  Her research project, supported by the South Carolina Soybean Board, is on "Evaluating the effect of late planting on MG VII and MG VIII soybeans under different management systems in South Carolina."

Post-Doctoral Research Associates:

Dr. David Degenhardt

Dr. David Degenhardt
David received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in May 2009.  David’s dissertation research focused on the role of genetic and environmental factors on systemically induced volatile emissions from plants following herbivore damage.  He is currently working with Drs. Greene and Khalilian on plant-insect interactions, specifically those dealing with insect feeding injury and plant volatile research in cotton.  David worked on various aspects of this project during 2007 and 2008 while finishing his degree at USC and continues those efforts as a post-doctoral researcher.  David recently attended the 2009 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in San Antonio and presented a paper entitled, “An Innovative Approach for the Assessment of Stink Bug Damaged Cotton Bolls Using Electronic Odor-Sensing Technology”.