My wonder for the natural world began as a young child. My family had a cabin where my sisters and I would collect as many critters as possible, and we would study and learn about them in the process. We enjoyed it tremendously and I still carry on that passion today with my research. I am particularly interested with how organisms interact with both the living and nonliving components of their environment, and how these interactions affect their population and various life history traits. I specifically investigate these interactions with mosquitoes, which are important to human health, as they transmit several diseases. Some of the interactions of mosquitoes I have investigated are those with precipitation, photoperiod, competitors, predators, water quality, landscape use, along with the impact of invasive species. I hope to provide a better understanding of environmental conditions that promote, or impede the success of certain mosquito species.
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