- Assistant Professor
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Research InterestsMy research interests encompass the fields of Entomology, Ecology, Environmental Microbiology, and Evolution. Areas of special interest to me at the moment include, insect-microbe symbioses, plant-insect-microbe interactions, the origins, nature and functions of these interactions. I am interested in demonstrating function and showing biological relevance of symbiotic associations in insect-microbial symbioses within an insect-diet-microbe framework. I use classic molecular and biochemical approaches to investigate in vitro, speculated/proposed microbial functions of relevance to an insect host. I subsequently investigate/confirm this function in situ within the insect host, using functional assays and stable isotope approaches to demonstrate the link between microbial processes and insect physiology/biochemistry/metabolism.
I am also interested in investigating the structure and functions of free-living microbial assemblages ( bacteria, fungi, and phages) in a variety of ecosystems (pristine, degraded, and restored), with regards to nutrient-cycling, biogeochemical processes with the aim of generating quantifiable ecosystem functions.
Introductions to Biology, Entomology, Microbial Ecology
Courses taught: BIOL 1450, BIOL 1750