Graduate Student – PhD
Entomology – Reisig Lab
My broad research focus is on the interaction between a variety of different insect pest management practices (i.e. cultural, genetic, etc.) and examining how these can be utilized in tandem to effectively implement insect resistance management. I am currently observing the role that soil particle content has on the overwintering success of Helicoverpa zea to identify appropriate sites that will have high pest abundance in the first emerging generation of the season. These sites will be targeted to establish the economic viability of tillage as a practice given long-term concerns over soil conservation and land stewardship. Overall, I seek to implement novel biotechnologies and agricultural solutions in a sustainable method so that can be utilized long-term and reduce other environmental costs commonly associated with agriculture.