Dr. Perry started as Assistant Professor in Forest Entomology in August 2022 and is based at the Wooster Science Building. Kayla’s research aims to understand how disturbances influence the structure and function of insect communities in natural and urban forests. Natural disturbances such as fire and wind are integral components of forest ecosystems, but human-induced disturbances such as exotic species, habitat degradation, and climate change impact forest health and management. Kayla is excited to join the Department of Entomology in this new role and looks forward to building research collaborations with colleagues within and outside of the university.
Perry received her Ph.D. in Entomology from the Ohio State University in December 2016, advised by Dr. Dan Herms. She had several postdoctoral research experiences, including a USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship, and most recently was a postdoctoral research associate at Kent State University. She has extensive experience working with ground‐ and soil‐dwelling arthropod communities and is a ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) expert.