Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist
NC State University
The broad emphasis of our research program is to understand relevant interactions between nature, crops, and farmers by revealing synergies and conflicts between pest control, environmental, and socio-economic goals. Focused on a central theme of geography, my research uses a unifies fundamental concepts of arthropod life history strategies with landscape ecology to understand complex communities of pests and beneficial arthropods. We study these basic ecological principles in a framework of contemporary agricultural systems to generate durable solutions for farmers as climate change continues to affect North Carolina and the Southeastern United States. I am initiating research on the CEFS long-term research plots studying arthropod community changes following transition from agricultural lands and am interested in the transition concept given the frequency of crop/home losses due to riparian flooding during extreme weather events in the Eastern Coastal Plain.