I am interested in ecology of insect predator-prey interactions.
The first part of my research focuses on identifying prey trait changes in response to predation risk (non-consumptive effects). I am especially interested in behavioral changes that may affect the insects overall fitness (e.g. changes in feeding behavior or oviposition).
I am also interested in understanding how insect prey may identify predation threat via visual, chemical, tactile or auditory predator cues.
My current work, with Dr Doug Landis(http://www.landislab.ent.msu.edu/) is focused on how the habitat diversity can potentially interfere with predator-prey interactions at the local, habitat and/or landscape scale. We are working to understand how diversity may affect both consumptive and non-consumptive effects of predators.