I am fascinated by all aspects of Pest Management and Ecology. I am especially interested in the applied side of entomology. I am currently working on a biocontrol project, looking at the effects of entomopathogenic nematodes (Steinernema spp.) on the fruit tree pest, Plum Curculio.
I am interested in the evolution of life history traits, specifically patterns of generalist vs. specialist diets. My dissertation is focused on examining the physiological adaptations of the squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, to its specialist diet, using chemical analysis and transcriptomic tools.