Graduate Students

Sara Prado 2017-07-06T14:14:38+00:00

Contact Information

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Applied Ecology
219A David Clark Labs
NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695

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Sara G. Prado

PhD Student, Zoology


2010 – B.Sc. McGill University
2012 – M.Sc. North Carolina State University

Research Interests

My research interests lie in promoting sustainable agriculture practices through the use of beneficial insects such as biological control agents and pollinators. Broadly, my dissertation work involves looking at how bee distribution, and pollination services vary across different coffee management practices. Specifically, I’m interested in seeing how bee species richness and abundance may vary between sun and shade coffee plantations, and nearby forests. I also plan on comparing how floral traits and flower visitation rates vary between sun and shade coffee plantations, and how these factors ultimately affect pollination.

Selected Publications

Prado, S.G., S.E. Jandricic & S.D. Frank. (2015) Ecological Interactions Affecting the Efficacy of Aphidius colemani in Greenhouse Crops. Insects. 6(2): 538-575.

Engel, M.S. and S.G. Prado (2014) First record of the cleptoparasitic bee genus Sphecodes from Puerto Rico (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). Journal of Melittology. 39: 1-6. View PDF.

Prado, S.G. & S.D. Frank. (2014) Optimal foraging by an aphid parasitoid affects the outcome of apparent competition. Ecological Entomology. 39(2): 236-244. (

Prado, S.G. , & S.D. Frank. (2013) Tritrophic effects of plant growth regulators in an aphid-parasitoid system. Biological Control. 66(1): 72-76. (

Prado, S.G. , & S.D. Frank. (2013) Compact plants reduce biological control of Myzus persicae by Aphidius colemani. Biological Control, 65(2): 184-189. (