Humans interact with myriad other species every day, locally in urban areas and globally through changes such as habitat conversion and warming. I study past and present interactions between humans, plants, and the most diverse creatures on the earth, insects. I approach research collaboratively using multiple approaches, from citywide field experiments to modeling and analysis of historical specimens. To maximize the utility of knowledge I create, my research questions focus 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 Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, where I employ museum specimens in novel ways to reconstruct human-plant-insect interactions spanning the plant tree of life.
Photo by Aimée Classen