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I am currently a graduate research assistant at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. I am conducting research on habitat restoration at the Welder Wildlife Foundation in South Texas, and attempting to restore the native plant and arthropod communities there. I am also conducting additional research on the effects of extreme fire mangement strategies on terrestrial and soil arthropod communities. I anticipate to complete my research by Fall 2013, in which I will begin to seek new research opportunities.
I have conducted research at the USDA-BIIRL during my undergraduate on biological control of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), Tarnished Plant Bug, and Soybean Aphid. Specifically, I conducted a field study of preferrred host plants for BMSB for the state of Delaware and identified native and foreign Pentatomids as hosts for our control agents, as well as identified potential control agents for BMSB (specifically the Scelionid genera Trissolcus).
My future interests involve biodiversity,invasive ecology, habitat restoration and wildlife-habitat relationships, with a focus on arthropod species. I am hopeful to bridge the gap between entomology and ecology, so that I may conduct research on multiple taxa and provide evidence about the importance of arthropods to ecosystem functions and interactions.
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