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Krista De Cooke



2018               Lepidoptera Databaser, Michigan State University Entomology Collection.

                       PI: Dr. Anthony Cognato.

2016-2018       Student Research Assistant, Classical Biological Control Laboratory.

                        Entomology Department, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

                         PI: Dr. Ernest Delfosse.

Summer 2016   Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).

                          Mountain Research Station, University of Colorado Boulder, Nederland, CO.

                          PI: Dr. Pieter Johnson.

Summer 2015    Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship.

                           Michigan State University Kellogg Biological Station, Augusta, MI.

                           PI: Dr. Jen Lau.

Summer 2015    Volunteer Research Assistant, Long Term Ecological Research (LTER).

                           MSU Kellogg Biological Station, Gull Lake, MI.

                           PI: Dr. Jen Lau.


2018-in progress     University of Tennessee Knoxville, Knoxville, TN

                                 Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

                                 Advisors: Dr. Daniel Simberloff and Dr. Brian O’Meara

2014 - 2017             Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

                                Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology/Zoology, with Honors

                                Minor in Entomology

Professional Service

2019-Present              Graduate Student Coordinator, Darwin Day UT.

2019-Present               Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Senator, Graduate Student Senate.

2019-Present              Committee member, Graduate Student Senate Equity and Diversity Committee.

2019-2020                  Vice President, Graduate Researchers in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution.

Summer 2019             KidsU Instructor, “Wild World of Bugs.”

2018-Present              Mentor to five undergraduate students, EEB Mentors.

2018-Present              Volunteer, Engaging Knoxville in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

2018-2019                  Assistant Coach, University of Tennessee Crew Club.

Teaching Experience

Summer 2019             Mobile Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching Fellow.

2019-Present              T.A. “Biological Literature”, four semesters.

Fall 2018                     T.A. “Honors Biology”, one semester.


Awards and Recognitions

September 2020         Vol Court Pitch Competition First Place Winner.

                                    Award Amount: $1,500 plus a year lease in the Anderson    Center and legal, accounting, and prototyping services.

February 2020             Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center Research Program.

                                    Award Amount: $2,000

January 2020              GSMCA Campbell Memorial Fellowship.

                                    Award Amount: $5,000

2019                            Semester Research Assistants Program (with Dr. Daniel Simberloff).

                                    Award Amount: $1,500 student wages plus $250 supplies.

2017                            Hutson Travel Funds.

                                    Award Amount:  $500.

2017                            MSU Honor College Conference Travel Award. 

Award Amount:  $500.

2017                            Genevieve Gillette Fellowship.

                                    Purpose:  Conduct an independent research project. 

                                    Award amount:  $2,200 stipend plus $500 for supplies.

2016                            Research Experience for Undergraduates Grant.

                                    Award amount: $5,000.

2016                            Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum Section Award for            Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources Poster Presentations.

                                    Award amount:  $100.

Contact Information

  • Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 1416 Circle Dr, Knoxville, TN 37996
  • Phone: (203)-448-0434
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