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Doctoral candidate, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695. Major: Entomology; Minors: Genetic Engineering and Society, Biotechnology

Advisors: Dr. Hannah J. Burrack and Dr. Coby Schal


Peer reviewed

Baltzegar, J. F., J. E. Elsensohn, Gutzmann, N., and S. H. Webster.  Forthcoming. ESA Student Debate: What is the single best strategy for decreasing dengue virus incidence worldwide? Amer. Entomol.

Elsensohn, J.E. and G.M. Loeb. 2018. Non-crop host sampling yields insights into small-scale population dynamics of Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura). Insects. 9(1), 5

Baltzegar, J.F., J. C. Barnes, J. E. Elsensohn, N. Gutzmann, M. S. Jones, S. King, and J. Sudweeks. 2018. Anticipating complexity in the deployment of gene drive insects in agriculture. Journal of Responsible Innovation. 1-17. DOI: 10.1101/169938

Baltzegar, J. F., J.E. Elsensohn, and S. H. Webster. 2017. ESA Student Debate: With the development of tools like RNAi, in the future we may be capable of eradicating species. If we can eradicate a species, should we? Con position. Amer. Entomol. 63(2), 114-123. DOI: 10.1093/ae/tmx028

Cowles, R.S., C. R. Rodriguez-Saona, R. Holdcraft, G. M. Loeb, J. E. Elsensohn, and S. P. Hesler. 2015. Sucrose improves insecticide activity against Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae). Econ. Entomol. 108(2), 640-653. DOI: 10.1093/jee/tou100

Colwell, R.K., and J.E. Elsensohn. 2014. EstimateS turns 20: statistical estimation of species richness and shared species from samples, with non-parametric extrapolation. Ecography. 37(6), 609-613. DOI: 10.1111/ecog.00814.

Non-peer reviewed

Elsensohn, J. E. 2018. “Two model organisms are better than one: toward a better understanding of plant/insect interactions”. The Signal newsletter for Keck Center for Behavioral Biology, NC State.

Gutzmann, N., J. E. Elsensohn, J. C. Barnes, J. Baltzegar, M. S. Jones, and J. Sudweeks. 2017. “CRISPR-based gene drive in agriculture will face technical and governance challenges”. EMBO Reports. DOI: 10.15252/embr.201744661

Elsensohn, J. E. 2017. “Capacity funding still has high impact for land grant colleges and local agriculture”. Entomology Today blog. Link to article.

Elsensohn, J. E. 2017. “New Federal Report on Aedes Mosquitoes Could Signal Shift in How Zika Virus and Other Pathogens are Researched”. Entomology Today blog. Link to article.

Elsensohn, J.E. and K. Sears. 2017. Issue Brief: Synthetic plant-associated microorganisms. #2017.1. Genetic Engineering and Society Center, NCSU, Raleigh, NC. Link to article.

Elsensohn, J. E. 2016. “A Post-Election Washington D.C.: The ESA Science Policy Fellows’ Perspective”. Entomology Today blog. Link to article.

Burrack, H. J. and J.E. Elsensohn*. 2015. Efficacy of organically acceptable insecticides against Drosophila suzukii in blueberries, 2014. Arthropod Management Tests. 40(1), p.C1.

* Lead author

In preparation

Elsensohn, J. E., M. Aly, and H. J. Burrack. “The role of larval infestation on subsequent oviposition in the invasive fly Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura) is mediated by adult frass deposits”. Environ. Entomol.


Elsensohn, J. E., M. S. Jones, Z. S. Brown, P. Mitchell, and J. A. Delborne. 2018. "Assessing attitudes on gene drives: What consumers want to know". Southeastern Branch of Entomological Society of America. Orlando, FL.

Elsensohn, J. E. and H. J. Burrack. 2018. New directions in SWD research from the Southeast. Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Savannah GA

Elsensohn, J.E., Z.S. Brown, J.A. Delborne, and H.J. Burrack. 2017. Understanding the potential impacts from using genetically modified insects to control agricultural pests. CEFS Summer Internship Program for Undergraduates. NC State.

Elsensohn, J. E., Z. S. Brown, J. A. Delborne and H. J. Burrack. 2016. Comparative risk analysis for agricultural genetic pest management technologies. Society for Risk Analysis. San Diego, CA

Elsensohn, J. E. and G. M. Loeb. 2016. Non-crop host infestation by an invasive, polyphagous fly: seasonal dynamics and host preference. Southeastern Branch of Entomological Society of America. Raleigh, NC

Elsensohn, J.E., J. Kuzma, and C. Leitschuh. 2015. Gene Drives and Society. Genetic Engineering and Society Colloquium. Raleigh, NC

Burrack, H.J. and J.E. Elsensohn. 2015. Drosophila suzukii biology, ecology, management, and regulatory implications. Webinar for USDA APHIS staff. Raleigh, NC

Elsensohn, J. E. 2014. Season Long Evaluation of Wild Hosts for Spotted Wing Drosophila. Empire State Producers Expo. Syracuse, NY

Elsensohn, J. E., and R. S. Cowles. 2012. Current and Future Directions of Spotted Wing Control. Connecticut Entomological Society. Storrs, CT


2018  Southern Region IPM Center Enhancement Program Grant.  “Does the invasive pest Drosophila suzukii manipulate the microbiome of its fruit hosts? Implications for management and ecology.” PI: H.J. Burrack, Co-PI: M. Cubeta. $30,000

2017  Preparing the Professoriate Fellowship, North Carolina State University. $500

2017  Graduate Fellowship, Cultivating Cultures of Ethics in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (NSF funded). $3,000.

2016-2018  Graduate Fellowship, Center for Environmental Farming Systems. $10,000

2016  North American Bramble Growers Research Foundation Grant. “Using bacteria and fungi to develop sustainable control methods for Drosophila suzukii”. Elsensohn (PI) $2,500

2015-2017  Science Policy Fellow, Entomological Society of America. $1,000

2015  Sustainable Agriculture and Research Education (SARE) Graduate Student Grant. “Developing new control methods for Drosophila suzukii using the microbiome of preferred and non-preferred crop hosts” Elsensohn (PI) $10,807 (Not funded)

2014-2017  NSF IGERT Fellowship, Genetic Pest Management, North Carolina State University. $121,717


2016  Department-nominated honor, Graduate School Professional Development Workshop, North Carolina State University. 1 of 2 students chosen for this honor.

2016  Best Overall Debate Team and 1st Place Team. Student Debates at the International Congress of Entomology. Orlando, FL

2015  Best Overall Debate Team and 1st Place Team, Student Debates at Entomological Society of America. Minneapolis, MN

2015  Selected and sponsored to attend “Disclosing/Enclosing Knowledge in the Life Sciences: Science, Technology and Society Summer School”. Holtz Center, University of Wisconsin.

2014  Best Policy and Practices Project and iGEM Silver Award. “Mapping Responsible Innovation: A First Principles Approach,” International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) Competition. Boston, MA