I am a third-year entomology major here at UC Davis, embarking on undergraduate research through the UC LEADS program! Parasitoids are the love of my life. I would like to focus my budding research career on everything to do with parasitoid/parasite-host interactions and how these interactions affect the rest of the world.

Currently, I am studying how varying Ammophila provisioning behaviors affect their rates of parasitism by Strepsiptera. Parasites have fascinated me for a very long time, and I’m thrilled to be working on this project with Jay Rosenheim’s guidance. Learning more about Strepsiptera and Ammophila has only made me realize how much more I have to learn about insects, and how ecstatic I am that I’m in the perfect place to keep learning.

In the future, I plan to continue conducting research and delving deeper into the absurd world of insects and parasites. I hope to attend grad school in an entomology program, so stay tuned to see what I get to do next!

Email: ramillena@ucdavis.edu

Twitter: @entomolrj