My main role at the Rollins Urban and Structural Entomology Facility as a Research Assistant is to design and perform industry-funded studies focusing on how to control several outdoor and indoor urban insect pests.
Since receiving my Bachelors in Biological Sciences in 2013, I have primarily focused on doing entomological research on pest insect behaviour and how we can use that information to mitigate the negative effects they have in different ecosystems. One of my main interests is how we can use different integrated pest management (IPM) practices (chemical control, mechanical control, biological control) in unison to minimize the impact of negative insects. The majority of my work at the Rollins Facility will be cooperating with industry representatives and other researchers to determine the effectiveness of newly formulated chemical products on controlling or eliminating a diverse range of economically important urban insect pests (eg. red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, and the german cockroach, Blatella germanica).
B. Sc. Animal Biology, 2013. University of Alberta. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.