Rosario Vidales

Rosario Vidales

My name is Rosario Vidales, and I am a junior in the Environmental Studies B.S. major and the Agroecology certificate program. My interests include sustainable food production, gardening and entomology, which I have developed through my related experiences in plant-animal interactions and entomology lab-work.

I have completed three entomology related internships with the United States Department of Agriculture under the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, and Agricultural Research Service agencies.

My current undergraduate research involves the introduced Euglossa viridissima species (which has been detected in Southern Florida) and the possible economic effects of its pollination of androeuglossophilous orchids (perfume orchids) due to the possibility of petal withering or abscission.

Professional Experience

Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, MD
Internship –USDA-ARS- Invasive Insect Biocontrol and Behavior Laboratory
Impact of native and exotic plant complexes on pest and natural enemy populations in managed urban landscapes.

Florida International University and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, FL
Undergraduate Research
Presence of Euglossa viridissima, and its effect on Clusia lanceolata fruit set.

United States Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service: Plant Protection and Quarantine, Miami, FL
Internship—USDA-APHIS PPQ Plant Protection Station
Identification of differences within the Rhopalotria insect genus.

United States Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Miami, FL
Biological control of Pink Hibiscus Mealybug.