202 Center for Integrated Plant Systems
I am currently an undergraduate research assistant working under Heather Leach. Her research is primarily focused on the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), a harmful invasive species to Michigan berry crops. We hope to understand control techniques for SWD in blueberry and raspberry crops in order to help growers manage this pest and prevent irreversible crop damage.
I am a Michigan native and I am currently pursuing a degree in Zoology here at Michigan State University. My hope is to become a veterinarian, but I find work with all animal life, including insects, to be fascinating and enriching. Previously, I have worked in the Vegetable Entomology Lab here at Michigan State University, where I maintained a Colorado Potato Beetle (CPB) colony, researched habitat management in cucurbits, and dabbled in monitoring aphid flight patterns across Michigan.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, canoeing, and spending time with my family.
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