Current Research Overview

I aim to understand the ecological and social linkages that influence the relationship between agricultural management, biodiversity, and ecosystem functioning.

 

My research is asking:

 

  • What is the connection between belowground diversity, specifically arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), and pollination?

 

  • How does on-farm diversification (i.e. crop diversity over space and time) influence AMF, pollination, and their interactions?

 

  • What opportunities and barriers do farmers face in implementing diversified farming practices?

If you have interest or questions about my research, please contact me or ask about potential collaborations. 

​Briefly, prior to starting graduate school, I engaged in the following research:

  • Impact of Honeybee hive placement on cranberry marshes in Central Wisconsin. Fruit Crop Entomology Lab. Mentored by Christelle Guedot, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Entomology. 2014 – 2015.
     

  • Population diversity of Lobeliads in two Hawaiian Islands, Hawai'i and Kauai. Led by Thomas Givnish, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Botany. 2014 – 2015.
     

  • Genetic diversity of wild cranberry in Wisconsin. USDA-Cranberry Genetics Lab. Led by Juan Zalapa, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Horticulture. 2012 – 2014.

Previous Research