Over the past few years, I have tried to post once every month or at least every other month with updates from my research or outreach. This came to a crashing halt after BioBlitz last year as I finished off the last few sections of my dissertation and prepared to defend.
After a successful defense, I am happy to say that I am now, officially, a PhD! Graduate school has been quite the adventure. I was fortunate to work with some great people, visit some amazing places, and do some really cool science. And that brings me to the next step….
I will be starting a new position as a postdoctoral research with Dr. Alexandra Harmon-Threatt (Click here for the HT lab website) in the Entomology department at the University of Illinois May 1st! I have known about this for a while but have been waiting until I defended/passed to announce it. I will have more information on the project soon, but we primarily will be looking at ecosystem services of insects in woody perennial polyculture systems. This is an exciting step for me as it not only represents something completely different from my dissertation research, but it also fills this nagging itch I have had to do more applied research. Look out for updates, pictures, stories and more from this summer’s field season!