My interests are in sustainable pest management and beneficial insect conservation. My research at MSU is focused on developing IPM strategies that reduce the current dependence on broad-spectrum insecticides to control the invasive pest spotted wing Drosophila. I am specifically working on effective methods to dispose of downed fruit and fruit wastes post-harvest, primarily through burial and composting. Outside of MSU, I have worked towards creating experiential learning opportunities in my community through the design and establishment of native perennial wildflower gardens throughout Lansing. In collaboration with the Garden Project of the Greater Lansing Foodbank, these gardens are used to teach the public about creating landscapes that support both pollinators and pest management. After graduating from MSU, I hope to continue connecting the public to research-based, best management practices through extension and outreach.