I am a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Karen Goodell’s laboratory at The Ohio State University. My primary research at OSU investigates the interplay among pesticides, insect pests, predatory arthropods, pollinators, and crop yield in Ohio’s pumpkin agroecosystems.
I completed my PhD dissertation in Dr. David Holway’s laboratory at The University of California, San Diego in 2017. My dissertation research focused on examining the impacts of habitat fragmentation on the diversity and ecological function of native pollinator assemblages. My other projects included producing an inventory of the native bee species of San Diego County, studying the joint impacts of drought and habitat fragmentation on bee assemblage dynamics, and designing a hands-on education curriculum for schoolchildren involving documenting pollinator diversity around their homes. I continue to be involved in the Holway Lab’s research, as well as research and outreach education endeavors by various organizations and entities in San Diego.
An article featuring my research was published in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine! Thanks Heather Salerno for your excellent journalistic exposition.
I presented a chapter of my thesis at the Ecological Society of America annual meeting in New Orleans, LA!
I have finally taken the lead in the number of bee species photographed, identified, and uploaded to the Ohio Bee Atlast Project of iNaturalist! No doubt there are others with a wealth of data in Ohio who can easily supplant my position–I encourage everyone and anyone who have pictures of bees to add to our project!
My undergraduate research associate, Elliot O’Flynn, was awarded a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research to conduct his study on the role of flowering weeds in pumpkin patches! Congratulations, Elliot!
I presented preliminary findings of our pumpkin pest and pollinator research at the Ohio Produce Network in Sandusky, OH! Thanks to Brad Bergefurd for sharing a presentation slot with me!
The second chapter of my PhD dissertation is published!
Our study on honey bee pollination of the clustered tarweed (Deinandra fasciculata) was just published! The co-first-authors of this paper, Annika Nabors and Henry Cen, started on my research team as undergraduate volunteers, and eventually received their respective MSc degrees based on their work on this project. They are now thriving, productive scientists in their own right!
The first chapter of my PhD dissertation is finally published!