Evolutionary ecology of herbivorous insects and their host plants
I am an evolutionary ecologist who seeks to understand the dynamic interplay between the ecological and evolutionary processes governing herbivore-plant interactions in managed, disturbed and ‘natural’ communities. I integrate natural history observations, experiments, modelling and molecular biology to test hypotheses regarding the structuring of species interactions in both basic and applied systems. I am particularly interested in the cause and consequences of adaptation and novel species interactions.
As a (newly appointed) Research Scientist – Entomologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, I address questions in integrated crop and agro-ecosystem management. By studying species interactions in agro-ecosystems through the lens of evolutionary ecology, we will be better equipped to improve sustainability and respond to environmental change. I completed a PhD with Stephen Heard at the University of New Brunswick and a MSc with Jason Pither and Bob Lalonde at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan.