Personal biography: I was born in Indianapolis, IN and raised in Kalamazoo, MI. I earned my BSc (Biology) at Western Michigan University. I received my MSc at Western Michigan University (Biological Sciences) with Dr. Stephen Malcolm focusing on plant chemical defense responses to specialist herbivores and trophic-level ecology in milkweed. I went on to gain my PhD (Entomology) at the University of Wisconsin with Dr. Richard Lindroth studying the effects of atmospheric change on plant-insect interactions and ecosystem ecology. Most of my free time is dedicated to enjoying camping, sports, gardening, and generally having a good time with my family.
Research Bio: My research focuses on how environmental variation influences chemically-mediated plant and insect ecological processes. I am specifically interested in understanding plant and insect responses to environmental change. Plants respond to environmental change and in turn influence trophic-level interactions that feedback to affect plant and herbivore growth, community structure, and ecosystem functioning. In addition, I am interested in advancing the utility of hyperspectral data to characterize plant chemical and metabolic profiles. I employ a combination of field-based measurements, manipulative experiments, remote sensing technology, statistical modeling, and interdisciplinary collaborations to test basic ecological theory, ultimately providing applied approaches to better understand and manage natural resources.