I am an ecological physiologist that is interested in how organisms deal with extreme environmental conditions. More specifically, I am interested in how insects deal with low temperature and the mechanisms underlying freeze tolerance. This remarkable ability requires a suite of physiological adaptations to protect cells against freezing-induced damage, however much remains unknown about the mechanisms underlying this strategy of overwintering. To better understand these remarkable adaptations, I have spent nearly two months at Palmer Station in Antarctica studying the largest land animal on the continent- the wingless midge, Belgica antarctica.
I strive to enable every student to think like a scientist, whether that be as an informed citizen with a foundational understanding of biology or a future researcher who will devote their life to scientific discovery. Recently taught courses:
ENTMLGY 1111: Biology of Insects, Animals, and Fungi-Affecting Buildings; 4 units
ENTMLGY 2101 Insects and Human Affairs: Pests, Plagues, Poisons and Politics; 3 units
ENTMLGY 5608 Turfgrass Insect and Mite Pests - ID, Biology & Management; 2 units
ENTMLGY 5609 Landscape Ornamental Plant Insect & Mite Pests - ID, Biology & Management; 3 units
I am part of The Ohio State University Extension IPM Program, where I focus on outreach related to identification and proper management of beg bugs in residential and commercial structures throughout the state. Questions related to bed bugs can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.