Research Interests: I am broadly interested in examining the effects of pesticides, pathogens and nutrition on pollinator health. I received my B.S. from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst where I conducted and assisted with research in above- and belowground plant-insect interactions in cucumber (Cucumis sativus) and population dynamics in hemlock woolly adelgid and winter moth. For my M.S. at Cornell University, I would like to continue studying aspects of pollinator health under the supervision of Dr. Scott McArt and Dr. Brian Nault. I am particularly interested in understanding the effects of land management and practices on bumble bee performance across different landscapes.
Research Interests: My primary interests are in chemical ecology, particularly olfaction, insect chemical communication. My project involves the investigation of the immediate basis for olfactory-mediated host and non-host differentiation by phytophagous insects so that we can better explain how specialist and generalist species differ in the way they process host odors in a 'chemically noisy' environment, and evolve from one extreme to another.