Research Area: invasive insects, population and community ecology
I am interested in population dynamics of invasive insects. I investigate the role of natural enemies in explaining why some insect populations outbreak (experience sudden population growth) while others do not or rarely do. As a major component of this work, I explore the theory and application of biological control in managing invasive insects. I currently study winter moth, an invasive inchworm introduced to the Boston area in the 1990s that has since caused widespread defoliation. With the aim of better managing winter moth, I seek to understand the role of natural enemies (predators, parasites, and pathogens) and environmental controls (host plants and climate) on winter moth and its native sister-species.
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