I am a community ecologist interested in how and why species interact across natural and agricultural landscapes. I am particularly interested in how environmental context and species traits influence the structure, strength, and outcome of species interactions. I use plants, herbivorous insects, and the organisms that consume them (predatory insects, parasitoid wasps & flies, and birds) to address these questions. All of my projects are, at their core, driven by a love for natural history — whether I am working in the California chaparral or in a Michigan alfalfa field.
I am currently a post-doctoral scholar in the lab of Dr. William Wetzel (MSU), supported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) post-doctoral Fellowship program. My post-doctoral research uses an agricultural system (alfalfa; Medicago sativa) to understand associations between plant traits and herbivory, and how these relationships have changed through the process of crop domestication.
Check out my Research and Natural History pages for more information on these and other projects. Thanks for visiting!