I received my M.S. in Entomology from Michigan State University in 2018. My Master’s research was primarily on honey bee exposure to fungicides in tart cherry and apple orchards during bloom in order to determine if current orchard disease management practices contribute to a high exposure risk for bees. I have also managed multiple statewide monitoring networks for invasive insect pests in order to improve pest management strategies by studying their phenology, reproductive physiology, and pheromone preferences.
As a research technician in the Berry Crops Entomology lab I am involved with a number of projects related to pest management and pollinator health. I also assist with general lab management and project coordination. I am interested in all things related to integrated pest and pollinator management in fruit production systems. I particularly enjoy communicating research outcomes with growers that result in practical strategies to improve fruit production and pest management.
Outside of work I enjoy hiking, camping, beekeeping, and gardening with my fiancé Alex. We also have a golden retriever, Cato, who I completely adore and take with me everywhere I can!