I graduated from Oklahoma State University in May of 2014 with an M.S. in Entomology and Plant Pathology. My thesis is titled "Comparative Sampling Methods and Community Composition of Grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Acrididae) in Northern Bobwhite Habitat." My research uncovered ways in which Acrididae subfamilies partition resources (food and oviposition space) and how that may impact northern bobwhite that rely on them for prey.
I am studying fitness costs of Bt resistance and inheritance of resistance traits in western corn rootworm.
I’ve always enjoyed photographing the insects and fungi encountered during strolls through the woods. It was only fitting to accept a research assistantship at Iowa State University focused on insect-pathogenic fungi and their interactions with cropping practices. Along the way I helped with experiments on western corn rootworm, including a field study that used insect pathogens to help manage corn rootworm. I completed my M.S. in summer 2013 and recently began Ph.D. research on pest and pesticide interactions to optimize soybean yield.
I am interested in pest and resistance management within the realm of arthropods. What I enjoy most is applied science within the context of solving current pest or pest-resistance problems. Furthermore, I am also interested in how different management practices can influence the structure of arthropod communities.