Ecology of introduced species
A central focus of my research is on the ecology of introduced populations, like invasive species, genetically engineered insects, and biological control agents.
Parasitoids are often critical in regulating lower trophic levels, and are models for studying insect behavior, community ecology, and evolution.
Ecological risk and efficacy
One research interest is how host populations may interact indirectly through shared natural enemies. Studying these interactions will improve models of ecological harm and benefit.
My dissertation work at the University of Minnesota centered on the aphid parasitoid Aphelinus certus, which was accidentally introduced into North America.
As a Science Policy Fellow for the Entomological Society of America, I'm interested in how federal, state, and local policies affect critical challenges in invasive species management, agriculture, conservation, and education.