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Mikaelison (Mika) da Silva Lima

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I’m from state of Bahia Brazil. I received my BSc, in Agronomy from the Federal University of Vicosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil. During my entire undergrad I had great experiences with my favorite part of science - insects! I have worked with crop insects including citrus, vegetable, corn and soybean pests and their natural enemies. I participated in field and laboratory activities, mostly studies of insect behavior, wind tunnel, field ecology, Integrated Pest Management, and bioassays of olfactometry, electroantennography and toxicology. Before completing degree, I interned on a mixed grain farm in western Brazil, where I monitored the population of soybean bugs, aphids and caterpillars in early-stage cornfields. In addition, I was intern in a tomato’s producer greenhouse in Albion, NY, USA, where I monitored whiteflies. For my honor thesis I started the construction of the conventional sampling plan of silverleaf whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) in bell pepper production.

 In my master's degree, I studied the spatiotemporal dynamics soybean gall midge (Resseliella maxima Gagne´) overwintering and in-season population in the soil. This is a species that was only identified in 2019 and due to its importance to US soybeans, efforts have been joined to build knowledge about the species. Shortly before finishing my degree, I met Brent, and after seeing the team's educational organization, I decided to join the Sinclair laboratory at the most important moment of my training as a future teacher and researcher!

I started my PhD at Western University in 2023, to understand the relationship between insects’ respiratory patterns and their susceptibility to fumigants, besides to exploring how modified atmospheres can be used to alter gas exchange patterns and affect susceptibility to these fumigants. To the end, we will check if the responses found are extendable to other species. For this, we will use Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB, Halyomorpha halys), a significant agricultural pest, as our experimental target. 

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