I am currently a PhD candidate in Dr. Jennifer Thaler’s Lab at Cornell University studying the chemical ecology of plants, herbivores, and predators. In this tri-trophic system, I am particularly interested in how chemical cues from a predator mediate interactions between their prey and the prey’s host plant. The goal of my research is to develop new management options that target the sensory systems of agricultural pests.
Prior to coming to Cornell, I received an MS degree working with Dr. Richard Hofstetter at Northern Arizona University, where I studied bark beetle acoustic communication and behavior.
After receiving my MS degree, I started a position with Washington State University as a Project Coordinator. I was fortunate enough to work on projects ranging from the development of chemical lures for bark beetles, to the construction of response protocols for insect and disease outbreaks in the Columbia River Gorge region.