2006-2010 - Kean University, B.S. in Science and Technology (Biology Option), summa cum laude
2010-2011 - Kean University, M.A. in Instruction and Curriculum, with Distinction
I am a PhD Candidate in the lab of Dr. Catherine Linnen. I am broadly interested in the consequencs of host use, or more specifically, changes in host use, on plant-feeding insect speciation. Shifts, and subsequent adaptation to new hosts plants may promote speciation. To investigate this hypothesis, I primarily work with populations of the red-headed pine sawfly, Neodiprion lecontei, an economic pest insect that occurs across 14 different hosts through its range.