Lorena Lopez

Lorena Lopez

PhD Student



Lorena Lopez was born and raised in Cali, Colombia. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a major in Entomology from Universidad del Valle in 2011. In fall 2012, Lorena moved to the United States to pursue her Master’s degree at the University of Florida’s Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (Balm, FL) working on biological control of pest mites in high-tunnel pepper production. She graduated in summer 2014. Lorena moved to Gainesville, FL in fall 2014 and joined the Small and Vegetable IPM Laboratory in the University of Florida’s Entomology and Nematology Department to start her Ph.D. program under the supervision of Dr. Oscar Liburd. Her research will include regulation of the above-ground pest complex attacking organic zucchini squash by implementing sustainable practices such as cover crops and conservation of natural enemies. Additionally, she will be evaluating the use bacterial strains for control of root-knot nematodes in the same crop. In her spare time, Lorena enjoys dancing, listening to music and travel around with good friends!

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