Wisconsin Energy Institute
1552 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53726
B.S. (2012), Biology with emphasis in evolution, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Thesis: The abiotic determinants of abundance of the West Nile virus vector, Culex pipiens in suburban Chicago, USA. Advisors: Tony Goldberg and Tavis Anderson
My focus lies at the intersection of several fields including: entomology, ecology, conservation, and evolution. Over the past two years I have examined bumblebee foraging is influenced by variation in resources (e.g., flowers) across landscapes. Determining how bees respond behaviorally to landscape will help to determine a metric by which we can judge the suitability of landscapes for native bees. Further application of these data will help to develop models that can be used to help inform on-farm conservation strategies aimed at protecting vital populations of bees.
Additionally, I am interested in the dissemination of scholarship via digital media, including photography, video, and the web. It is my goal to share even complex research in an understandable, informative, and, if possible, entertaining manner. I am also an active member in our department’s graduate student organization, as well the coordinator of our departmental outreach group, the Insect Ambassadors.
Rock climbing, photography, mountain and road cycling.
Entomological Society of America, Ecological Society of America, Wisconsin Ecology, JF Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation