What are the ecological consequences of human activities?

Current research areas

Trophic interactions
Habitat fragmentation

About me

I am a Lecturer in the School of Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I continue to work with Dr. Alex Harmon-Threatt in the Department of Entomology to study the effects of habitat fragmentation on bee and insect communities.

I became curious about how humans interact with the world after an elementary school field trip to the “school forest,” where I encountered the Grandfather Falls dam.

My interest in this topic has taken many forms during my career. I have been a part of projects exploring nutrient runoff uptake in rivers, the palatability of introduced species to native predators, the effectiveness of conservation biocontrol for a rangeland pest, how global climate change influences primary production in the Great Salt Lake, the non-target effects of agrochemicals on ground-nesting bees, and how habitat fragmentation and trophic interactions shape insect communities. I’m particularly keen to continue to work in fragmented ecosystems.

I am always looking to create new collaborations or just chat about science! Please feel free to contact me via email or visit my contact page.

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2002D Natural History Building
1301 W Green St
Urbana, IL 61801