Suegene Noh

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Office: TLS 479
Voice: (860) 486-5479
Fax: (860) 486-6364

Mailing address:
75 N. Eagleville Road, U-3043
Storrs, CT 06269

Research Interests

Green lacewings songs of the European carnea group
My general interests are in mating behavior and the evolutionary forces that shape mating strategies and sex roles during courtship and mating, especially in the context of speciation. I am interested in invertebrates and particularly insects as study systems.

The main objective of my dissertation research is to determine the role of mating signals in lineage divergence in the Chrysoperla carnea group, focusing on the western European species of C. carnea sensu stricto, C. pallida, C. agilis, C. lucasina and C. mediterranea. My goal is to explore the species boundaries between these species through quantitative investigation of reproductive isolation between species and sexual selection within species. I also aim to estimate the genetic architecture underlying song characters and preference for song characters.

Specifically, my research will address the following questions:

1. Do mating signals have a significant isolating effect between all five species, and how do male and female mating strategies overlap or differ at species boundaries?
2. Is there evidence for sexual selection based on volley period and duration within C. lucasina, is this preference geographically variable, and is there a difference in male vs. female preference?
3. How are song characters and preference for song characters inherited between hybrids and backcrosses of C. carnea and C. agilis, and what do the hybrid phenotypes tell us about the underlying genetic architecture of these features?


Fieldwork in Switzerland and Slovenia in 2009

Graduate Institution
Doctoral Candidate
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut
Thesis Title: Species boundaries in European green lacewings of the Chrysoperla carnea group
Advisor: Charles S. Henry

Undergraduate Institution
B.Sc. Cum Laude
Biological Sciences, Seoul National University, South Korea
Undergraduate Thesis Title: Local enhancement by visual, chemical and acoustic cues from conspecifics in the yellowjacket Vespula koreensis
Advisor: Jae C. Choe

Appointments & Training

Fieldwork in Switzerland and Italy in 2008

Teaching Appointments
Instructor, Field Entomology (2008-2009)
Writing Center, Graduate Writing Associate and Academic Liaison (2007-2008): Among other things, I created and wrote a blog on writing in science
Teaching Assistant, Evolution (2007)
Teaching Assistant, General Entomology (2005)
Teaching Assistant, Introductory Biology (Laboratory) (2003-2009)

Pedagogical Training
University of Connecticut Institute of Teaching & Learning, Reflections on Teaching Practices
University of Connecticut Institute of Teaching & Learning, Teaching & Learning Fundamentals

Professional Training
Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) Graduate Course Participant, Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach (2004)

Publications & Presentations

Noh, S, CS Henry. 2009. Mating strategies at species boundaries: behavioral premating reproductive isolation via mating songs in European green lacewings. Submitted
Kim, KW, S Noh, JC Choe. 2007. Lack of field-based recruitment to carbohydrate food in the Korean yellowjacket, Vespula koreensis. Ecological Research 22(5): 825-830
Noh, S. 2004. Chorusing in solitary treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae) of Cabo Blanco. Organization for Tropical Studies 04-3: 158-164

Oral Presentations
Noh, S. 2009. Who did you say you were again? Premating reproductive isolation in green lacewings. Eastern Branch Meeting of the Entomological Society of America. (Awarded Third Prize, Student Oral Competition)
Noh, S. 2009. Geographical variation in female and male song preference in Chrysoperla lucasina. Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
Noh, S. 2008. The inheritance of song and preference in hybrids between Chrysoperla carnea and C. agilis green lacewings. Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America. (Awarded President's Prize Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity: Behavior and Communication Session)
Noh, S. 2008. Are hybrids attractive? International Symposium on Neuropterology
Noh, S. 2007. Investigating the role of sexual selection in green lacewing speciation. Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America
Noh, S. 2007. Testing for preference of song characters in Chrysoperla lucasina. Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Spring Symposium
Noh, S. 2005. Treehopper songs: mating signals in hypsoprorine treehoppers. Connecticut Entomological Society

Poster Presentations
Noh, S, CS Henry. 2006. Species boundaries: mating signals in two closely related green lacewings. Evolution, Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB), and the American Society of Naturalists (ASN)

Fellowships & Awards

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, Grants-in-Aid of Research (2008)
University of Connecticut Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (2008)
University of Connecticut Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History Student Research Award (2005-2008)
University of Connecticut Graduate School, Outstanding Scholar Fellow (2003-2006)
Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), Post Course Grant 04-3 (2004-2005)

Service & Synergistic activities

Giant model dobsonfly no entomologist could resist posing with!

Instructor, University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System Master Gardener Program, Entomology (2006-current)
Invertebrate Collections Representative, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Student Association (2007-current)
Instructor, Kids Are Scientists Too (KAST) (2008)
Judge, Windham High School Science Fair (2007)
Instructor, University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System Advanced Master Gardener Program, Entomology (2006)
Monday Evening Seminar Organizer, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Student Association (2005-2006)
CT Bioblitz (2005)
Committee member, Northeast Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Conference (NEEC) (2004)

Professional affiliations

Connecticut Entomological Society
Entomological Society of America
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)
Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE)