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 joined the Gassmann lab in July of 2014 to begin working on my PhD. I will be conducting research on the survival of western corn rootworm larvae after exposure to different novel soil insecticides. I may also participate in studies focused on the efficacy of pyramided Bt maize at controlling western corn rootworm populations that are resistant to different Cry toxins.