Current Research

Current Research

My current Master's thesis research focuses on the abilities of different winter cover crops and tillage practices to suppress insect pests and weeds in different agricultural systems. Managing weeds and insect pests is a large part of the expense of small farms, and my research is geared towards optimizing these sustainable practices from an economic perspective. I'm also interested in how habitat diversification in agricultural fields can affect natural predator populations by modifying trophic interactions between insect populations. This research is taking place at the Central Maryland Research and Education Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

I'm also continuing work with the brown marmorated stink bug that I started when I was working for Galen Dively investigating the abiotic factors that affect survival during diapause, and various aspects of stinkbug-microorganism relationships with Christopher Taylor.