Department of Entomology
PhD, Doug Landis204 CIPS
I am interested in identifying and implementing novel ways to use insect ecology to combat pest issues in agroecological systems. My research interests lie within the realm of insect behavioral and chemical ecology in predator-prey systems. Specifically, for my PhD work, I have been investigating mechanisms (predator specific cues) that allow non-consumptive effects of predators to impact prey insects. My work aims to understand the overall impact of predation risk on prey phenotype as well as their cascading effects on plant resources. In the Landis lab, hope to further expand my work to larger spatial scales to identify if we can manipulate non-consumptive effects of predators to create a landscape of fear across agroecosystems to improve pest management.