I am interested in the intricacies of interactions between plants and the most diverse creatures on the earth, insects. I study the inadvertent ways in which humans have altered these interactions through global changes, notably habitat conversion and climate change. To maximize the utility of the knowledge I create, my research focuses within ecosystems of cultural or economic importance. I approach research collaboratively and with a variety of tools, from citywide field experiments to analysis of historical specimens.
In the past, I investigated the effects of urbanization and climate change 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 the histories of plant-insect interactions spanning the plant tree of life.