I am interested in the intersection of agriculture and ecological restoration. Beneficial insects can provide services to agriculture, but they often require non-crop habitat to persist in significant population on the landscape. Such habitat can persist in significant populations on the landscape. Such habitat can be recreated in intensively cultivated agricultural land by planting insectary plantings within or around crop fields. Working with Dr. Doug Landis, my research seeks to identify plant species and traits that are attractive to beneficial insects, particularly natural enemies of crop pests. Prior to attending MSU, I conducted research in aquatic insect predator-prey interactions, invasion patterns of European buckthorn, and plant community response to oak woodland restoration efforts.