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Sujan Dawadi

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Frank Lab/Ornamental Pest Management Lab

3315 Gardner Hall

Sujan Dawadi is from Chitwan, Nepal. He received his B.S. in Agriculture from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He then came to Tennessee State University in fall 2015 to work with Dr. Karla Addesso on a project funded by Southern SARE to protect red maples from flatheaded Appletree borer (FHAB in production nurseries). After completion of MS degree, he was admitted as a PhD student at Purdue University in fall 2017 to work with Dr. Clifford Sadof in a project to identify the urban warming effect on overwintering survival and summer reproduction of insect pests.

In his PhD, he studied on urban warming and its potential effect on herbivorous insect pest. His finding suggests that planting urban trees in sites with less impervious surface cover can help reduce urban warming effects and increase numerical response from natural enemies. Increasing urban greenspace is one of many strategies to reduce the effects of urban warming.

Following his Ph.D. graduation, Sujan joined the Ornamental Pest Management Lab with Dr. Steve D. Frank in September 2022. His research is focused on the biology and feeding habitats of European pepper moth (Duponchelia fovealis Zeller) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) (EPM). He is also conducting various research trials on management of EPM using entomopathogenic nematodes and fungus.


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PhD, Entomology, Purdue University (2022)
MS, Entomology, Tennessee State University (2017)
BS, Agriculture, IAAS, Rampur, Nepal (2013)