Robert completed an M.S. in entomology that tested whether soybean varieties with resistance to soybean aphid affected defoliating insect pests.
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.