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.




How does the amount and type of information available influence decisions insects make?

2013 - 2019

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Urbana, IL

Doctor of Philosophy, Entomology

Evolution and maintenance

of chemical diversity

How do abiotic and biotic factors contribute to the diversity of chemicals produced by plants and insects? 


Habitat Complexity

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

Madison, WI

Master of Science, Entomology

2005 - 2009

Moravian College

Bethlehem, PA

Bachelor of Science, Biology