My background is in restoration ecology and management of rare and invasive species. This has included work on host specificity of biocontrol agents on a rare thistle and an invasive knapweed. I am currently applying my background within the context of a long-running habitat fragmentation experiment to better understand how species interactions play out on the landscape scale. This research is particularly exciting due to its potential importance in the increasingly patchy habitats across this country and around the world. I hope that my research will provide insight into how species, both plant and insect, behave and how we might better manage them in fragmented landscapes.
Prior to joining the Brudvig lab in 2015, I received a BS in Botany and Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2012). While there, I worked a wide variety of field and research jobs ranging from bird surveys and banding to on-the-ground habitat restoration. My research interests led me to purse a MS in Plant Biology and Conservation at Northwestern University where I worked with Kay Havens on plant-insect interactions, primarily of several biocontrol weevils on Pitcher’s thistle and spotted knapweed.
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Michigan State University
Department of Plant Biology