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.