Zachary Cohen


Education & Background:
P.D. Student in Entomology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2015, M.S. Entomology, Cornell University
2012, B.S. Biology, University of Florida

Awards and Grants:
2020 Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Award

Research Interests:

I am interested in understanding the genetic mechanisms and consequences of rapid adaptation in insects to changing environments. Global warming and modern agricultural practices, e.g. pesticide application, provide a driving force for adaptation. Many animals are unable to survive these pressures as humans have greatly contributed to the current extinction rate. However, some insects exhibit rapid adaptation in their changing environments. Colorado Potato Beetle, CPB, is a serious agricultural pest that has developed resistance to a wide range of insecticides, with distinct modes of action, in a short amount of time. Understanding the genetic sources driving this adaptability is essential in predicting species survival and diversity.

Personal Interests:
I enjoy cooking. Especially eating. I love to prepare odorous, spicy, vibrant foods. When I’m not watching movies or reading at home I am found outside playing tennis or running. Or in the dirt making friends with the subterraneans. Some of my hobbies include drawing, playing pool and chess. I have an inordinate fondness of beetles.