I'm interested in the ecology and natural history of plant and insect interactions. In particular, I  want to understand how and why insects use plants as shelters as well as food. Much of my research focuses on shelter-building caterpillars in both the United States and Costa Rica, but I also study insects that find shelters rather than building them. I'm currently investigating how tropical invertebrate communities that live in rolled leaves will respond to warming temperatures. I'm also interested in how herbarium specimens can be used to investigate plant-insect interactions.




Additional Languages

I have a working knowledge of both Spanish and German.

Martial Arts

I practiced Tae Kwon Do for seven years and currently practice Aikido. 

Bucket Truck Bucket Operation

I once spent four months maneuvering a bucket on a 60-foot arm through a forest canopy.

Beetle Leash-Making

If you tie a strand of human hair just right....

2018 - present 

University of Connecticut 

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Advisor: Carlos Garcia-Robledo, Ph.D.

2011 - 2017

University of Missouri-St. Louis

Ph.D., Biology

Advisor: Robert J. Marquis, Ph.D.

2007 - 2011

University of Chicago

B.A., Biology

Advisor: Timothy Wootton, Ph.D.

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