||2015-2018 North Carolina State University Raleigh, North Carolina
- PhD in Applied Ecology
- Degree in Zoology
2010-2012 North Carolina State University Raleigh, North Carolina
- MS in Entomology
- Degree in Entomology with a concentration in Ornamental Pest Management.
2007-2010 McGill University Montreal, Québec
- BSc in Environmental and Agricultural Sciences (Honors)
- Degree in Environmental sciences with a concentration in Biodiversity and Conservation.
2005-2007 John Abbott College St-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec
- College Diploma in Pure and applied sciences. Graduated in June 2007
1998 – 2005 Collège Charlemagne inc. Pierrefonds, Québec
- High School Diploma in both Pure Sciences and the International program. Graduated in June 2005.
|Research Related Work
||May 2018 – Present – Research Associate, Department of Applied Ecology, NCSU
- I am currently working on disseminating the results of my PhD research to NRCS and USFWS in Puerto Rico.
December 2017 – May 2017- Information and communications coordinator, CALS International Program, NCSU
- I was responsible for keeping the College of Agricultural and Life Science’s International Program website content up to date.
September 2017 – December 2017- Graduate Trainer for Global Academy, CALS International Program, NCSU
- I assisted visiting scholars from around the world who were visiting NC State University to receive training from researchers and professionals on various programs related to agricultural and life sciences. I also provided translations for scholars from French speaking countries.
October 2012-2015- Research Assistant
- I surveyed native bees and the plants they foraged on, in agricultural fields in Puerto-Rico and St-Croix.
January 2011 – May 2011 – Teaching Assistant
- I worked as a teaching assistant for Dr. Clyde Sorenson’s undergraduate class “Insects and People”.
Summer 2009 – Volunteer Researcher
- Worked as a volunteer Researcher for Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, where I did research on 8 common ant species in the Madre de Dios area of the Peruvian Amazon.
- Worked with the NGO Fauna Forever Tambopata with mammal monitoring.
Summers 2007 and 2008 – Resident Naturalist
- Worked as a Resident Naturalist at the Explorer’s Inn lodge in the Amazon jungle of Peru.
|Peer Reviewed Publications
- Terando, A.J., S.G. Prado, E. Youngsteadt (In press) Construction of a compact low-cost radiation shield for air-temperature sensors in ecological field studies. JoVe
- Prado, S.G., R.E. Irwin & J.A. Collazo (2018) Resurgence of specialized shade coffee cultivation: Effects on pollination services and quality of coffee production. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 265: 567-575.
- Terando, A.J., Youngsteadt, E., Meineke, E.K. & S.G. Prado (2017) Ad hoc instrumentation methods in ecological studies produce highly biased temperature measurements. Ecology and Evoloution. 7(23): 9890-9904. PDF
- Prado, S.G., H.T. Ngo, J.A. Florez, & J.A. Collazo. (2017) Sampling bees in tropical forests and agroecosystems: A review. Journal of Insect Conservation. August: 1-18. PDF
- 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. (http://www.mdpi.com/2075-4450/6/2/538/htm)
- 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. 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. PDF
***Editor’s choice April-May 2014
- Prado, S.G. & S.D. Frank. (2013) Tritrophic effects of plant growth regulators in an aphid-parasitoid system. Biological Control. 66(1): 72-76. PDF
- Prado, S.G. & S.D. Frank. (2013) Compact plants reduce biological control of Myzus persicae by Aphidius colemani. Biological Control. 65(2): 184-189. PDF
- Prado, S.G., Dowdy, K.E., Irizarry, A.D., and J.A. Collazo. (2017) North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences – Science Cafe “Coffee Economics” (Invited 20 minute presentation) (starts at around 17-minutes)
- Prado, S.G., Collazo, J. A. (2017) Universidad Nacional San Antonio Abab de Cusco, “Café y cacao: Valor y beneficios de cultivos bajo sombra” (Keynote Address)
- Prado, S.G., Collazo, J. A. (2017) UPR-Utuado, “Pollinators in Coffee Plantations” (Invited 20 minute presentation)
- Prado, S.G., Collazo, J. A.. (2014) USFWS and Envirosurvey, “Valor y beneficios de las abejas nativas en cafetales en Puerto Rico” (Invited 20 minute presentation)
- Frank, S.D, Prado, S.G., (2012) Entomological Society of America, “Mechanisms affecting the efficacy of aphid banker plant systems” (Invited 20 minute presentation)
- Prado, S.G., Frank, S.D. (2012) Ecological Society of America, “Effect of parasitoid host choice on apparent competition between pest and non-pest aphids” (20 minute presentation)
- Prado, S.G., Frank, S.D. (2011) Entomological Society of America, “Plant growth regulator effects on pest aphid abundance and suppression using Aphidius colemani” (Invited 20 minute presentation)
- Prado, S.G., Frank, S.D. (2011), North Carolina State University, Entomology Symposium, “Plant Traits Altering Apparent Competition Between Pest and Non-Pest Aphids”
|Reports and Extension Publications
- Prado, S.G., A.G. Dale, T. McClure & S.D. Frank (2013). Optimizing Banker Plant Systems for Aphid Biological Control in Floriculture Greenhouses
- Prado, S.G. & S.D. Frank (2010). The parasitic wasp Aphidius colemani. North Carolina Pest News, North Carolina Cooperative Extension 25:21. (Related to Master’s thesis)
- Prado, S.G. & S.D. Frank (2010). Aphid pests of ornamental plants in greenhouses. North Carolina Pest News, North Carolina Cooperative Extension 25:22. (Related to Master’s thesis)
- Prado, S.G. & Puente, J.T.d.l. (2009) Amazonian Ants. In ITA (by Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica), Puerto Maldonado. (Unrelated to thesis work)
|Service and Public Outreach
||Raleigh Master Plan Advisory Committee member for Dorothea Dix Park, Raleigh, NC
Editorship / Journal reviewer experience:
- European Journal of Entomology
- Entomological Science
- Ecological Entomology
- PLoS ONE
||January 2014-January 2018
- Puerto Rico DNER “Conservation Design and Habitat Conservation in Puerto Rico.” Collazo, J. A., J. K. Pacifici, E. Laber, B. Reich, and Sara G. Prado.- $1,634,995
September 2012-May 2013
- USDA-NRCS “Native-Naturalized Plant Species for Pollinators in Agricultural Lands in the Caribbean Area.” J. A. Collazo, Sara G. Prado – $40,000
September 2011 – August 2013
- USDA SARE Graduate Student Grant “Plant mediated effects on parasitoid efficacy in a banker plant system” Sara G. Prado and S.D. Frank – $9,930
|Awards and Honors
- “Meet the Scientist” video for NC Museum of Natural Sciences new wing, Nature Research Center.
- Fluent in English, French and Spanish and can get by in Farsi.
- Member of IOBC NRS: June 2015- Present
- Member of Ecological Society of America: April 2012- Present
- Member of Entomological Society of America: October 2010- Present
- Member of North Carolina Entomological Society of America: October 2010- Present
- Member of American Association for the Advancement of Science: October 2010- Present
- Statistical Experience:Experience with R and SAS, including with the following types of analyses:
- Factorial analysis
- Repeated measures ANOVA
- Non parametric ANOVA and repeated measures
- Experience in Experimental Design
- Factorial Design
- Block Design
- Behavioral Assays
- Insect Rearing
- Plant propagation
- Conservation and Augmentative biological control methods
- Bee sampling
- Hand Pollination
- Floral Trait Measurements (Pollen quality/quantity, Nectar sugar concentration, Nectar volume)