My research interests center around maintaining a sustainable agriculture system. Intercropping provides a higher level of diversity that may promote a more stable community with less pressure from pests and weeds. My goals are to detail these interactions and implement them in forage systems.
My goal is to use the tools and insights of food web ecology to solve agricultural pest problems.
I am interested in how community-level trophic interactions are altered by the varied responses of arthropod guilds to agrochemical exposure.
I am interested in how soil microbial communities influence plant defenses against herbivorous insect pests, and how these communities are shaped by on-farm management practices aimed at improving soil health
I am currently researching bee and flower interactions and how floral nutrition influences bee foraging behavior.
I am a nutritional ecologist who works on generalist herbivores. My research seeks to understand how generalists solve the problem of balancing multiple and changing nutrient needs while dealing with plant defense. I like to use a physiological approach in order to gain insights into mechanisms underlying ecological patterns and processes.
I am interested in intraspecific cooperation and conflict in both social and sexual contexts. I have previously studied the costs and benefits of group living in spiders, as well as the effects of sexual cannibalism on mate choice. My current research examines sexual behavior in the goldenrod gall fly and how its host plant, a voyeur of fly sex pheromone, influences sexual selection.
I am the Research Tech for the Tooker Lab. I manage our daily lab and field research activities. I have a wide interest in applying ecological principals to agricultural systems, and communicating the research results of applying these principals to the farming community and the general public.
Sarah has a strong love for insects and has worked in the lab for about two years.
McTish and Tooker at the Bee House during the Insect Fair