I grew up in Saratoga Springs, NY, where I spent my youth mountain biking, reading, and learning about computers. I decided to study biology after taking a course in botany my freshman year of college. In that class I discovered the field of ethnobotany, which drove my interest in the diversity of chemicals produced by plants. Now, my interests lie within how chemicals produced by plants and insects, as well as other types of information can influence the decisions that insects make. When not at the lab or in the field, I can be found at home hanging out with my axolotl, Grendler.
How does the amount and type of information available influence decisions insects make?
2013 - 2019
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
How does chemistry affect the fitness of insects? How do the diverse chemicals insects use evolve?
How does the structure of a habitat (e.g., plant diversity, size and location of habitat) influence
the decisions insects make? Are insects more successful in particular habitats?
What happens when insects are introduced into new habitats or encounter new host-plants?
2011 - 2013
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Master of Science, Entomology
2005 - 2009
Bachelor of Science, Biology