I am broadly interested in how wildlife respond to land use change, especially when those changes are instigated by humans. I work at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station in Dr. Nick Haddad's lab, where I work on a number of projects at an LTER site exploring the effects of different agricultural treatments on insect abundance and diversity and ecosystem services like pollination and decomposition. In 2019, we installed prairie strips in two treatments to determine if the restoration of native plants and diversification of habitat in agricultural landscapes will increase biodiversity and promote ecosystem services while maintaining crop yield. We look forward to sharing our findings as this exciting project takes off!
My very first research experience as an undergraduate introduced me to a host-parasite system that would eventually become the focal point of my Master's degree. I earned my B.S. and M.S. in Biological Sciences in Dr. Maarten Vonhof's lab studying the effects of urban land use on avian blood parasites. I discovered that parasite prevalence and richness both decrease with increasing urbanization, and you'll have to wait for a forthcoming publication to learn more!