People interact with multitudes of other species on a daily basis. These species shape our lives in many ways, notably by providing services, such as clean air and food. I am interested in the intricacies of interactions between humans, plants, and, the most biodiverse creatures on the earth, insects. I study the inadvertent ways in which constructing our environments changes the species that live in cities and more natural habitats, such as forests. To maximize the utility of the knowledge I create, I focus research questions 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 have studied the effects of urbanization and climate change on insect herbivores and their host trees. Now I am an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard and McGill Universities, where I am developing methods for using museum specimens in novel ways to reconstruct the histories of plant-insect interactions spanning the plant tree of life.