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.
My research is focused on Bt resistance monitoring, molecular and biochemical level characterization of Bt resistance, cross-resistance patterns of Bt toxins, and fitness costs associated with resistance in lepidopteran and coleopteran insect pests. I am conducting research on transgenic crops expressing single or pyramided Bt toxins for effective management of insect pests.