Plant-Insect Interactions in Agroecosystems
We study relationships among plants, insect herbivores, and natural enemies to understand factors that regulate populations of herbivorous insects. We are interested in both plant- and natural-enemy-mediated factors and how they influence insect behavior, community composition, and herbivore mortality. Our long-term goal is to exploit the ecology/biology of our study organisms to provide strategies and tactics for more sustainable insect pest management.
Some of our projects and collaborators:
Penn State's Sustainable Dairy Cropping Systems Trial
Slugs as pests of field crops
Dave Mortensen's Weed Ecology Lab
Gerard Troisi, a valuable collaborator, member of the PA No-Till Alliance, and a talented slug tamer.
A little laser tag to celebrate Eric's thesis defense!
Emily and Katie getting ready to deploy sentinel caterpillars.
Summer of 2013 - Emily and Katie enjoying sample sorting
Lab Photo - April 2011: Back L to R: Ian, Kim, Eric, Maggie, Andrew, Anjel; Front: John
Penn State requires that we have lab coats for safety reasons, so why not wear them? Nathan, Masoomi, Brandon, Mackenzie, Sarah, and Andrew, Summer 2016