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 accepted a research assistantship at Iowa State University in 2011 focused on insect-pathogenic fungi and their interactions with cropping practices. Along the way I have helped with experiments on western corn rootworm, including a field studies that used insect pathogens to help manage corn rootworm. I completed my M.S. in summer 2013 and began my Ph.D. research the same summer on the management of soybean aphids and soybean cyst nematode using host plant resistance and pesticidal seed treatments.
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.