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.