PhD Research

This research is conducted in the Entomology Department at Clemson University and advised by Dr. Carmen Blubaugh.

Green June Beetle (Scarabaeidae: Cotinus nitida) on Squash

Motivating Questions

What factors of weed communities in organic farms most affect natural enemy (i.e., insect predators of insect pests) communities? In what ways do these effects affect yield of different crop species? How do hyperparasitoids (i.e., parasitoids of predators/parasitoids) affect/dampen these trophic cascades?