Education: M.S. Integrated Biosciences (Minor in Applied and Computational Mathematics) - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; B.S. Biology (emphasis in Zoology) - California State University, Long Beach
Specialty Area: Evolutionary Ecology
Thesis Research: My thesis focuses on resource availability in plants as an underlying mechanism that influences how plants and herbivores interact. I am using tall goldenrod populations from the native and invasive range to compare how the genotypic differences of the plants affect common herbivorous insects. I hope that by better understanding how resource availability affects plant-insect interactions, we can use it to predict pest outbreaks and manage invasive species.