Dalton’s C.V.

Dalton Ludwick

E-mail: dclmrd[at]mail[dot]missouri[dot]edu

Education:

Ph.D. Student in Plant, Insect, and Microbial Sciences (emphasis in Entomology), Division of Plant Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia

  • Advisor: Dr. Bruce Hibbard
  • GPA: 3.835/4.0
  • Expected date of completion: May 2018

B.S. Plant Sciences (emphasis in Plant Protection), University of Missouri-Columbia

  • GPA: 3.5/4.0
  • Date of completion: May 2014

Work Experience:

08/2014-present Graduate Research Assistant, Division of Plant Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia

  • Evaluate plant-based bioassays of western corn rootworm for cost-efficiency and resistance detection
  • Evaluate wild type populations of western corn rootworm for resistance to corn expressing Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) proteins
  • Evaluate laboratory colonies of western corn rootworm for Bt resistance via diet toxicity assays
  • Evaluate Bt proteins on newly formulated artificial diet for screening of western corn rootworm larvae
  • Survey microbiota present in all life stages of laboratory western corn rootworm colonies and evaluate effect of soils on the insect microbiome
  • Evaluate effects of temperature and length of exposure to cold temperatures on non-diapausing strains of western corn rootworm
  • Evaluate various factors associated with northern corn rootworm rearing
  • Mentor undergraduate students in the laboratory for professional development, graduate school applications, and research

08/2015-12/2016 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Insect Diversity, Division of Plant Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia

  • Instructed students on how to distinguish insects at the order and family levels
  • Constructed exams to evaluate students’ understanding of insect family identification
  • Instructed students on collecting and insect preservation methods
  • Supervised multiple collecting trips for aquatic and terrestrial sampling
  • Adapted to new situations to meet student needs

08/2012-07/2014 Student Assistant, Plant Genetics Research Unit, USDA-ARS, Columbia, MO

  • Performed a cost-efficiency analysis of multiple bioassays
  • Participated in behavioral research of western corn rootworm larvae
  • Assisted with analysis of graduate student projects
  • Led a western corn rootworm adult emergence tent study
  • Reared western corn rootworm

05/2013-08/2013 Trait Characterization & Development Intern, DuPont Pioneer, Champaign, IL

  • Intern project concerned artificial infestation of maize with European corn borer
  • Accurately recorded data of transgenic maize trials
  • Infested maize experiments with fall armyworm, European corn borer, and western corn rootworm

05/2012-08-2012 Maize Product Development Intern, DuPont Pioneer, Miami, MO

  • Intern project concerned pollination and temperature interactions
  • Carefully recorded data on multiple projects
  • Inoculated plants with Fusarium to test plant resistance

08/2010-05/2012 Student Assistant, Wilbur R. Enns Entomology Museum, Columbia, MO

  • Assisted Collections Manager with projects, including digitization of the collection
  • Organized specimens and catalogued species

05/2011-08-2011 Student Assistant, Crop Physiology Lab, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

  • Assisted with projects of graduate students, including collections of plant tissue and soil samples
  • Processed plant tissue samples of multiple crops

Leadership Experience:

04/2017-present President, C.V. Riley Entomological Society

  • Organize club lunches, gatherings, outings, and social activities
  • Inform club members of upcoming events
  • Maintain club status with the university
  • Procure supplies and/or aid available from Student Organization Allocation Committee (SOAC) and other resources

04/2016-03/2017 Chair, MU DuPont Pioneer Plant Sciences Symposium series organizing committee

  • Oriented committee members with productive techniques to complete tasks
  • Obtained symposium funds through discussions with various academic and industry organizations
  • Coordinated handling of symposium details with MU faculty and DuPont Pioneer contacts
  • Selected applicants to serve on committee responsible for the second annual symposium

05/2015-05/2016 Public Relations, C.V. Riley Entomological Society

  • Organize club activities such as pinning parties and lunch presentations
  • Communicate with members and officers about events

05/2012-04/2014 Executive Assistant, C.V. Riley Entomological Society

  • Engaged undergraduate students to become active in C.V. Riley and explore entomological interests
  • Coordinated outreach and social activities for the group

04/2011-05/2012 Peer Career Coach, CAFNR Career Services

  • Encouraged fellow students to pursue career development opportunities, including CAFNR Career Fair
  • Built relationships with employers interested in recruiting Plant Science students

05/2011-05/2012 Vice-President, Mizzou Agronomy Club

  • Attended CAFNR Student Council meetings – served as voice of the Agronomy Club
  • Collaborated with fellow officers for fundraising, community events, and career development

Publications:

  1. Dalton C. Ludwick and Robert W. Sites. 2015. Descriptions of the female and nymphal instars of Decarloa darlingtoni La Rivers (HEMIPTERA: HETEROPTERA: NAUCORIDAE). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 117 (1): 14-21.
  2. Dalton C. Ludwick, Meihls, L.N., Ostlie, K.R., Potter, B.P., French, L., and Hibbard, B.E. 2017. Minnesota field population of western corn rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) shows incomplete resistance to Cry34Ab1/Cry35Ab1. Journal of Applied Entomology. 141: 28-40.
  3. Dalton C. Ludwick, and Bruce E. Hibbard. 2016. Rootworm Management: Status of GM Traits, Insecticides, and Potential New Tools. CAB Reviews. doi: 10.1079/PAVSNNR201611048.

Presentations:

  1. Ludwick, D.C., L.N. Meihls, T.A. Coudron, & B.E. Hibbard. (2014, November) Evaluation of plant-based Western corn rootworm bioassays for cost effectiveness and detection of resistance to Bt traits. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Portland, Oregon.
  2. Meihls, L., C. Ludwick, T.A. Coudron, and B.E. Hibbard. (2014, November) Evaluation of artificial diets for use in western corn rootworm bioassays. Oral paper presented at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Portland, Oregon.
  3. Ludwick, D.C., L.N. Meihls, K.R. Ostlie, B.D. Potter, L. French, & B.E. Hibbard. (2015, June) A Minnesota field population shows varying levels of resistance to both Cry3Bb1 and Cry34/35Ab1-expressing corn. Oral paper presented at the North Central Branch meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Manhattan, Kansas.
  4. Huynh, M., L. Meihls, C. Ludwick, A. Hitchon, L. Bjostad, E. Bernklau, A.W. Schaafsma, R.P. Niedz, S.L. Lapointe, T.A. Coudron, B.E. Hibbard. (2015, November) Optimization of an artificial diet for western corn rootworm, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera, bioassays. Oral paper presented at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  5. Ludwick, D.C., S. Zukoff, K. Ostlie, B.D. Potter, L. Meihls, A. Zukoff, L. French, M. Ellersieck, W. French, and B.E. Hibbard. (2015, November) Comparing different assays for Bt resistance detection in western corn rootworm. Oral paper presented at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  6. Meihls, L., T.A. Coudron, C. Ludwick, M. Huynh, E. Bernklau, and B.E. Hibbard. (2015, November) Efficacy of plant and diet based assays for Bt resistance detection in western corn rootworm populations. Oral paper presented at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  7. Huynh, M., L. Meihls, C. Ludwick, R.P. Niedz, S.L. Lapointe, T.A. Coudron, B.E. Hibbard. (2015, November) Continuous rearing of the western corn rootworm, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera, on an artificial diet. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  8. Ludwick, D.C., S. Zukoff, L.N. Meihls, M. Huynh, K.R. Ostlie, B.E. Hibbard. (2016, September) Does Cry3Bb1 Resistance Persist Following Removal from Selection? Oral paper presented at the 25th meeting of the International Congress of Entomology, Orlando, Florida.
  9. Hibbard, B.E., C. Ludwick, L.N. Meihls, J. Dietloff, A. Gassmann. (2016, September) Selection of resistance in western corn rootworm to Cry3Bb1, mCry3A, eCry3.1Ab, and Cry34/35Ab1 transgenic corn: Variations in traits in the laboratory and the field. Oral paper presented at the 25th meeting of the International Congress of Entomology, Orlando, Florida.
  10. Hibbard, B.E., M.P. Huynh, L.N. Meihls, C. Ludwick, K.S. Shelby, S. Lapointe, T.A. Coudron. (2017, February) Improved artificial diet for western corn rootworm assays. Oral paper presented at the Academic Corn Summit at Monsanto.
  11. Hibbard, B.E., M.P. Huynh, L.N. Meihls, C. Ludwick, K.S. Shelby, S. Lapointe, T.A. Coudron. (2017, April) Improved artificial diet for western corn rootworm assays. Oral paper presented at the 26th International Working Group on Ostrinia and other maize pests.
  12. Ludwick, D.C., M.P. Huynh, A.E. Pereira, L.N. Meihls, T.A. Coudron, B.W. French, B.E. Hibbard. (2017, June) A universal diet for resistance monitoring programs associated with western corn rootworm. Oral paper presented at the North Central Branch meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Indianapolis, IN.

Guest Lectures:

  1. Bt Corn and Why Western Corn Rootworm Matters. Insect Pest Management. University of Missouri-Columbia. Spring 2016.
  2. Plant Stressors and Responses. Plant Structure and Function. University of Missouri-Columbia. Spring 2017.

Professional Organizations:

  • 06/2012-present Entomological Society of America
  • 09/2010-present C.V. Riley Entomological Society
  • 12/2010-09/2014 Students in Agronomy, Soil, and Environmental Sciences

Service:

02/2016-present Peer reviewer, Journal of Economic Entomology

  • Provide comments for improvement manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Economic Entomology
  • Make recommendations to the Subject Editor regarding the acceptance or rejection of a manuscript

09/2016-present Member, Education and Outreach Committee of the Entomological Society of America

  • Assist with fulfillment of the charge order by the President of the Entomological Society of America

03/2012-present Member, C.V. Riley Entomological Society

  • Assist with development of educational materials for outreach events
  • Communicate with public at outreach events to educate individuals about different areas of entomological research

04/2014 Volunteer Assistant, Missouri State FFA Entomology Career Development Event

  • Organized competitors for the entomology career development event
  • Distributed examination materials to competitors
  • Proctored the written examination

01/2011-05/2014 Advisor, Fayette R-III High School FFA Chapter Entomology Career Development Event

  • Developed a curriculum for the education of high school students to learn entomology
  • Prepared students for entomology career development events at District and State competition
  • Results: 2011: 2nd at Districts, 1st at State; 2012: 6th at Districts, 16th at State; 2014: 4th at Districts, 9th at State

08/2010-10/2013 Member, Mizzou Agronomy Club

  • Assisted with development of materials used for South Farm Showcase
  • Assisted with professional networking events

07/2011 Volunteer Judge, Boone County 4-H Competition

  • Examined entomological and reptilian materials for competition

Honors:

  • 06/2017 2nd place in Ph.D. Paper Session II, North Central Branch meetings of the Entomological Society of America
  • 04/2016 Fred Clute Memorial Scholarship
  • 05/2014 Fayette Honorary Chapter FFA Degree
  • 04/2014 Chancellor’s Award for Interdisciplinary Outreach
  • 08/2010-05/2014 University of Missouri Flagship Scholarship for Clark County
  • 10/2012 Students in Agronomy, Soil, and Environmental Sciences Golden Opportunity Scholar

Grants:

  • $10,000 – Develop a student-led symposium in the DuPont Plant Sciences Symposium Series. DuPont Pioneer to MU DuPont Pioneer Plant Sciences Symposium series organizing committee. 2016.
    • Coordinated committee members to complete tasks associated with the symposium’s development
    • Selected members for the committee responsible for the development of the second annual symposium
    • Organized a special symposium in conjunction with the Division of Plant Sciences
  • $900 – Develop a student-led symposium in the DuPont Plant Sciences Symposium Series. Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG) to MU DuPont Pioneer Plant Sciences Symposium series organizing committee. 2016.
  • $635 – Develop a student-led symposium in the DuPont Plant Sciences Symposium Series. Division of Plant Sciences to MU DuPont Pioneer Plant Sciences Symposium series organizing committee. 2016.
  • $250 – Develop a student-led symposium in the DuPont Plant Sciences Symposium Series. Division of Biological Sciences to MU DuPont Pioneer Plant Sciences Symposium series organizing committee. 2016.
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