I joined the OSU Newark faculty in 2004, where I teach introductory biology to majors and non-majors, engage undergraudates in independent research, and train graduate students. My research investigates the interactions between plants and pollinators. I am especially interested in understanding factors that influence the populations and communities of native bees. In Ohio, I have worked to understand how mine reclamation influences pollinator communities, how crop management practices influence important crop pollinators, and how invasive species interact with pollinators. I aim to apply basic ecological principles to solve real-world problems that influence the sustainability and productivity of natural and agricultural systems.
Current projects include
- Testing the role of floral diversity, landscape composition, and nest site availability on pollinator communities in prairie patches planted on reclaimed minelands.
- The application of state-based matrix models to understand patterns po population demography of solitary bees.
- The interactions between pesticide applications, pests, and pollinators in pumpkin fields.
- Mapping the distribution and habitat associations of Ohio’s bumble bees
Areas of Expertise
Native bee conservation
PhD, Ecology and Evolution, SUNY Stony Brook
MSc, Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California Riverside
BA, Biology and Medicine, Brown University