August 12, 2020
Joel R. Coats, a specialist in insect toxicology at Iowa State University, said his lab had tested nootkatone and found it to be “an impressive repellent but a weak insecticide.” - New York Times Joel Coats was quoted in a recent article in the New York Times regarding a new insect repellent...
September 04, 2018
Dr. Coats recently presented research focusing on the development of new plant-based repellent molecules at the American Chemical Society annual meeting in Boston, MA. This research was highlighted by a number of news agencies because of the potential of this research to prevent mosquito-borne...
May 24, 2018
The Entomology grad students progressed to round 2 of the Linnean Games matches in Madison, Wisconsin. The group won their first game and had a blast!
March 30, 2018
The Tox Lab went to lunch to celebrate a few exciting updates: 1) Sam Andrews accepted a study-abroad program in Japan, 2) Erin Trannel was accepted to Vet School at Iowa State University, 3) Maria Archevald has been hired as a full-time research associate in the lab. Congrats everyone!
June 08, 2017
Joel Coats is awarded the Margaret Ellen White Award, a prestigious award recognizing superior performance by a member of The Graduate Faculty. Dr. Coats receives this award for his many years of service to his students. Dr. Coats' current graduate students and lab alumni are extremely...
June 08, 2017
The Pesticide Toxicology Laboratory returns from an Insecticide Toxicology workshop hosted by Dr. Jeff Bloomquist at his laboratory in the Emerging Pathogens Institute. Topics discussed during the workshop involved the current state of Insecticide Toxicology, future directions of the field, and...
June 06, 2017
  Edmund Norris received the Gerald Hollandsworth prize for the best graduate student oral presentation at the 2017 annual American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) meeting in San Diego, CA. Edmund is featured here with Brian Byrd, the chair of the student competition (left), and...
June 06, 2017
Murray Isman presents his research regarding the synergism of select plant compounds, as the invited 2017 Paul Dahm Lecture Series speaker. His research demonstrates the potential of plant based chemistry in the control of a variety of various insect pests.      
June 06, 2017
  Beth taught Forensic Entomology at Iowa State University during her sabbatical in the fall of 2015. Her course was taught fully online and represented a new addition to the offered Entomology curriculum here at Iowa State University. Here she learns gas chromatography as a new...
July 15, 2015
The lab has a group lunch and catch-up at El Azteca, one of our favorite places in Ames to grab a bite and discuss lab updates!
July 10, 2015
James explains some of the techniques required to separate some of the components from the more complex essential oils used in our lab.    Featured: Maria Archevald (left), James Klimavicz (right)
July 09, 2015
Vic Albright, PhD received the 3rd place award for his presentation in the student competition PBT section at annual North Central Branch - Entomological Society of America Meeting. Congratulations on your acheivement, Vic!!!    
July 09, 2015
Remi Boisson completed his research project in the lab in June 2015. His research project pertained to the fate of BT toxins in various aquatic systems. He was mentored by Vic Albright, PhD. 
July 09, 2015
The lab had a farewell lunch for Remi Boisson, a visiting scholar from Angers, France. Remi's project while in the lab pertained to the degradation of BT proteins in different aquatic systems.
July 09, 2015
Remi Boisson, a visiting scholar from Angers, France, presents in ENT 590i about neonicotinoids and honey bees. ENT 590i is a special topics course about insecticide toxicology for students obtaining graduate degrees in Entomology.
July 09, 2015
  Jacob Johnson presented his research project entitled "Determining the ability of various plant essential oils to inhibit acetylcholinesterase in the Yellow Fever mosquito" at the 2015 Honor's Symposium at Iowa State University. Jacob joined the lab as a freshman honor's student and was...
July 07, 2015
Vic Albright (full member) and Edmund Norris (associate member) were inducted into Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, at Sigma Xi's spring banquet. Congratulations, Vic and Edmund!   Pictured: Joel Coats (l.) and Vic Albright.  
July 07, 2015
Congratulations to Vic Albright on receiving his Ph.D.! Rick Hellmich (l.),Vic Albright, Joel Coats Vic Albright (l.) and Toshia Albright Vic Albright and family Vic Albright (l.) and Joel Coats
January 25, 2015
Edmund Norris received the Wayne A. Rowley 2014 Scholarship in Entomology at the 2014 Entomology Winter Party. The Rowley Scholarship is awarded annually to one undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Entomology.
January 24, 2015
Lab alumnus Dr. Keri Carstens received the Outstanding Regional Chapter Member Award from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) at the 35th Annual North America Meeting. This award is presented each year to a regional chapter member of SETAC who has improved the chapter's...
January 23, 2015
In 2014, Coats' lab alumni and current visiting professor, Dr. Steven Bradbury received the Henry A. Wallace Award for Outstanding Leadership to National and International Agriculture from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University. 
September 24, 2014
After a two-year hiatus due to drought conditions, current and former members of the Coats' Lab (and their families) participated in the annual canoe float trip on August 30th, 2014. This year's float trip was down the Des Moines River. Group picture before the float trip Putting the...
August 21, 2014
Left to right: Dr. Joel Coats, Alayjah Muhammad, Edmund Norris Congratulations to Alayjah Muhammad for completing her George Washington Carver internship in the Pesticide Toxicology Laboratory. Alayjah spent 8 weeks in the summer of 2014 studying the efficacy of natural products against...
August 20, 2014
Left to right: Sam Howard, Edmund Norris, Dr. Joel Coats, Vic Albright, Austin Huff Members of the Pesticide Toxicology Lab gathered at Hickory Park for lunch to celebrate Sam Howard's last day in the lab. Sam graduated from Iowa State with a B.S. in May 2014, but stayed on through the...


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