I am a PhD student in Entomology at Penn State. I have earned my BA (Biology) and MS (Entomology). I have wanted to study plants since 7th grade when I decided I wanted to grow to genetically engineer crops for colonization of Mars. I am still fascinated by plants, but am working on solving problems a little closer to home. Previously, I worked toward reducing insect damage by studying plant odors, and collected seeds for restoration projects in the Eastern Sierras of California.