PhD Student, Ecology and Evolution, Queen’s University
M.Sc. Biology (2010) University of Windsor
B.FSc. Forensic Science (2008) University of Windsor
I received my bachelor of forensic science degree from the University of Windsor in 2008. Early in my undergraduate degree, I branched into the field of biology by working in a forensic entomology lab as a work study student. Helping graduate students at the time with their theses, I was engulfed into the world of forensic entomology. From there I was offered a Master’s position in Dr. VanLaerhoven’s lab in Windsor to complete a development study on the black soldier fly for the purposes of maintaining a waste management facility year round in southern Ontario. I enrolled in my Master’s degree in the fall of 2008. Prior to starting my graduate studies, I worked in Dr. VanLaerhoven’s lab in the summer of 2008 on a ‘side’ project. As a result of this project, I travelled with my lab to the North American Forensic Entomology Association conference in Atlantic City to present our findings. It was at this conference that I met Dr. Tomberlin from Texas A&M University, the leading expert on the black soldier fly and landed a visiting research scholar position in his laboratory at Texas A&M. As a result, I spent the last year of my master’s in Dr. Tomberlin’s lab, where I completed 3 out of the 4 experiments of my master’s. An electronic copy of my thesis titled “Role of Abiotic Factors on the Development and LIfe History of the Black Soldier Fly, Hermetia illucens (L.) (Diptera: Stratiomyidae)” can be download here.
I completed my master’s degree in October of 2010 and was able to land a part-time faculty position at Trent University in January 2011. I was employed in their Forensic Science Department and taught their first year introduction to forensic science and crime scene investigation courses. I also developed a new online course in forensic entomology and taught it in the summer of 2012 online. While teaching online at Trent University in 2012, I also worked as an entomological researcher, raising beneficial insects for the purposes of integrated pest management. It was in September 2012, that I decided to return to school to embark on my PhD at Queen’s University.
Bacteria mediate oviposition by the black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens (L.), (Diptera: Stratiomyidae). Scientific Reports. 3, 2563; DOI:10.1038/srep02563.
Holmes, L.A., S.L. VanLaerhoven and J.K. Tomberlin. (2013).
Substrate effects on pupation and adult emergence of Hermetia illucens (Diptera: Stratiomyidae). Environmental Entomology. 42(2):370-374.
Holmes, L.A., S.L. VanLaerhoven and J.K. Tomberlin. (2012).
Relative humidity effects on the life history of Hermetia illucens (Diptera: Stratiomyidae). Environmental Entomology 41: 971-978.
Sanford, M., M. Flores, L. Holmes, L. Zheng, C. Fellows and J.K. Tomberlin. (2010).
Observations on the oriental latrine fly, Chrysomya megacephala, in the McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge, Sabine Pass, Texas, USA. Southwestern Entomologists. 35: 109-112.