PhD Student, BMSB Biology and Ecology
Advisors: Dr. Chris Bergh and Dr. Tracy Leskey
Dissertation title: Influences of wild and cultivated host plant composition on the biology and ecology of the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) on a farmscape level
Research interests: My research interests include invasive species, integrated pest management, and ecology. For my PhD, I am focused on the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) and factors which drive its abundance on a local scale among orchards and the surrounding woodland environments. My research can be broken down into four main components: 1) fluctuations in BMSB population density as a function of the presence or absence of a cultivated crop, 2) factors influencing populations among orchards and non-orchard sites on a localized scale, 3) the suitability of cultivated and non-cultivated tree hosts on BMSB nymphal survivorship and development, and 4) seasonal patterns of host plant utilization by BMSB.