Humans interact with myriad other species every day, locally in urban areas, and more globally through changes such as habitat conversion and warming. I study the past and present interactions between humans, plants, and the most diverse creatures on the earth, insects. I approach research collaboratively and with diverse tools, from citywide field experiments to modeling and analysis of historical specimens. To maximize the utility of knowledge created by my research, I focus research questions in ecosystems of cultural or economic importance.
I previously investigated the effects of urbanization on insect herbivores and their host trees as an EPA STAR Fellow at NC State University. Now, I am an NSF Post-doctoral Fellow at Harvard University, where I employ museum specimens in novel ways to reconstruct human-plant-insect interactions spanning the plant tree of life.