I am a community ecologist with particular interests in processes that occur at the edges of ecosystems, especially if they involve arthropods. My dissertation research was focused on the connectivity of lakes and land via aquatic insects, but most of my current research projects are focused on agroecosystems. I have a strong background in education, and I am also one of the first class of Science Policy Fellows with the Entomological Society of America, allowing me to serve as a science advocate for researchers and the society.

Organic vegetable research plots in Lexington, KY.

Recent Publications

Jamin Dreyer, David Hoekman, Claudio Gratton. 2015. Positive indirect effect of aquatic insects on terrestrial prey is not offset by increased predator density. Ecological Entomology. 

Xia, Ye, Seth DeBolt, Jamin Dreyer, Delia Scott, and Mark A. Williams. 2015. Characterization of culturable bacterial endophytes and their capacity to promote plant growth from plants grown using organic or conventional practices. Frontiers in Plant Science 6:490.


Dreyer, Jamin, Phil A. Townsend, James C. Hook III, M. Jake Vander Zanden, David Hoekman, Claudio Gratton. 2015. Quantifying aquatic insect deposition from lake to land. Ecology 96(2):499-509.

Latest News

Three week visit to Oman to collect natural enemies from traditional date palm plantations (5-29 March).


Entomological Society of America annual meeting in Minneapolis, MN (Nov 14-18).

Ejgil Gravesen visiting from Greenland/Denmark (Oct 5 – 3 Nov), submitted NSF Arctic Natural Sciences Grant (19 October).

Entomological Society of America Science Policy Fellows meeting in Washington, DC (Oct 14-15).CR4iV0mWoAM5ZDz


DSC_0491_edit_litliA postdoc in the Entomology Department at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, I live in the “Horse Capital of the World.” Previously, I called Fargo, North Dakota home where I was a postdoc with Jason Harmon and Deirdre Prishmann-Voldseth at NDSU, and before that I finished my PhD in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Gratton Lab.

When I am not in the field, lab, or office I seem to spend a lot of time visiting friends and family in the Midwest and beyond. I have pet interests in (military) history, transportation technology, and the trajectory of industrial society.