I'm an insect ecologist working within agricultural systems. I'm particularly interested in questions related to integrated pest management and pollination services. I blend the use of theoretical frameworks from insect behavior and community ecology with applied methods to tackle real-world problems facing growers.
I completed my PhD in behavioral ecology and invasion ecology at Tufts University in 2017. Working in Dr. Philip Starks' lab, I determined the impact of an invasive bee, the European wool-carder bee, on the native community.
I am currently a USDA NIFA postdoctoral fellow working in Dr. Rufus Isaacs' lab in the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University. My work focuses on questions related to pest management, pollinator conservation, and changes in insect communities over time. These projects have been developed in consultation with stakeholders and target important problems for growers. See Extension for more details. Also, see news coverage about my work.