Department of Entomology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
320 Morrill Hall
505 S. Goodwin St
Urbana, IL 61801
I obtained a BS in microbiology and general biology at the University of Washington-Seattle. During my undergraduate years, I worked with Brady Olson in the Lessard lab. We studied the grazing rates of copepods and patterns of prey selectivity.
In the fall of 2007, I worked with Dr. Foote at USGS-BRD in HVNP on several projects: 1) Vespula pensylvanica survey in several areas of the park using traps baited with heptyl butyrate, 2) Changes in soil community structure as a result of feral pig disturbance in nitrogen rich and nitrogen poor areas, 3) Sophonia rufofascia survey using yellow sticky card traps.
From there I moved on to Kentucky and worked with Luke Dodds for a summer on a project measuring how different logging practices affected bat population density and their prey populations. Soon after I returned to USGS-BRD to work with Bob Peck on mapping out ant populations in HVNP along an elevational gradient. We also had a project looking at arthropod traffic along the bole and branches of the tree.
Currently I work with Dr. Hanks at the UIUC. I just finished my master's and now am starting on my Ph.D.
1) Changes in activity of cerambycid pheromones in the presence of pheromone components from unrelated species of cerambycids for the purposes of creating a lure with a broad spectrum of activity, attracting beetles across the entire family.
2) Host plant volatiles and cerambycids: how beetles locate their hosts and potential synergism with pheromone blends.
3) Patterns of host tree selection within subfamily and tribe of cerambycids, or within clades of beetles using similar components in their pheromone blends.
4) Hawaiian cerambycines and their chemical ecology: their evolution and relation to clytines on the mainland.
5) Ubiquitous plant volatiles and their activity on different insects.