Sally Taylor has been named assistant professor of entomology and Extension specialist in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

She is one of eight new faculty members recently hired in the college. New positions were identified to bring new talent to its focus areas, including food and health, infectious disease, biodesign and processing, and agricultural profitability and environmental sustainability. The new faculty members are distributed across teaching, research, and Extension.

Taylor’s primary research initiative is to investigate refuge structures as effective insect resistance management tools by quantifying mating rates between Bt-resistant and susceptible western corn rootworm and determine if non-random mate selection occurs. She will conduct research at the Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Suffolk, Virginia.

Prior to coming Virginia Tech, Taylor participated in a traineeship through the National Institutes of Health for molecular biotechnology at North Carolina State University. She is associated with the Entomological Association of America.

Written by Amy Loeffler

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