My research interests encompass the biology and epidemiology of plant-parasitic nematodes problematic in North Carolina and the southeastern United States, including research on integrated management tactics, enhanced nematode diagnostics, crop loss analysis, and spatiotemporal analysis. Within this, my goal is to use knowledge gained from studies conducted in the laboratory, field, and greenhouse to drive informed monitoring programs and management decisions, thereby supporting economically and environmentally sustainable nematode management options. North Carolina produces a diverse array of agricultural commodities – my lab’s research primarily focuses on root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne spp., including M. enterolobii) and additional plant parasitic nematode species in sweetpotato, soybean, cotton, and tobacco.
BS, Plant Biology, Purdue University
Ph.D., Plant Pathology, Cornell University