202 Center for Integrated Plant Systems
I am currently a Research Technician working under Heather Leach. The Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), an invasive species negatively impacting Michigan berry crops, is her main focus. 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 State graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife with a concentration in Wildlife Biology and Management. Since graduation, I have dabbled in a little bit of everything including work with Prairie Warblers in their winter habitat on San Salvador Island for a study through the University of Massachusetts, guiding horseback rides in the back country of Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains as a Wrangler, and studying abundance of native bumble bees in previously burned areas in the Eldorado National Forest of California for the Institute for Bird Populations. I am extremely interested in the idea of integrating agriculture and wildlife conservation techniques to find the most sustainable options for both.
In my spare time, I enjoy running, horseback riding, traveling, painting, and hot yoga.
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