I am a Professor and Extension Specialist at North Carolina State University with extension and research responsibilities for field crops in the state since 2009. I am based at the Vernon James Center in eastern North Carolina two hours from main campus, providing me with a direct opportunity to collaborate with growers, consultants, and those agricultural industry. My position in the eastern portion of the state is exclusive in the department and also provides graduate students a unique learning experience.
Our program is focused on positive impacts and outcomes for our stakeholders, including agents, producers, crop consultants, and the agricultural industry. Our goal is to bring this in a relevant, timely, scientific, and understandable fashion to benefit NC field crop producers. We are currently focused on generating support and curricula for agent training and increasing non-Bt refuge compliance. Our broad research objectives include the improvement of integrated pest management practices and knowledge for insect pests of corn, small grains, soybean, and cotton. We wish to characterize important biological and ecological factors of arthropod pests in these crops. Our focal organisms are Helicoverpa zea and stink bugs, which have been influenced from the widespread adoption of Bt field crops across the state; similar insects are major worldwide issues.
BA, Biology, Spanish Minor, Point Loma Nazarene University (2002)
MS, Integrated Pest Management, University of California, Davis (2005)
Ph.D, Entomology, University of California, Davis (2009)