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Postdoctoral Experience

Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Minnesota

January 2022 - current

Advisor: Dr. Vera Krischik
Legislative-Citizen Commission on MN Resources (LCCMR) Grant 
Working on a project exploring pollinator conservation biocontrol. More specifically, this project aims to develop the use of a soil-dwelling microsporidian pathogen (Ovavesicula popilliae) for biocontrol of Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica), an invasive horticultural pest, with the wider goal of reducing the need for pesticides that negatively impact pollinators.

Postdoctoral Researcher
University of MN

August 2018 - 2021

Advisor: Dr. Bill Hutchison

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)- Crop Protection Grant

Working on a project to further understand the adult and larval nutritional ecology of the invasive berry pest spotted-wing drosophila (SWD; Drosophila suzukii). We are also exploring insecticide resistance, sub-lethal effects on fly performance, and the transgenerational effects of sub-lethal exposure.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Texas A&M University

December 2015 - 2018

Advisors: Dr. Spencer Behmer and Dr. Gregory Sword

USDA Biotechology Risk Assessment Grant

Working on an offshoot of my doctoral work; measuring macronutrient profiles of sweet corn tissues and exploring the gene-by-environment interactions on nutrition and Bt susceptibility in H. zea.

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