I am interested in the relationships between agricultural pests and their arthropod predators as well as insect-plant interactions in sustainable farming systems. My research goals are to assess slug population density and movement which could aid farmers in preventing crop damage. I am also interested in investigating plant defense mechanisms against slugs as well as the ecology of fear in slugs.
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 earned my PhD in Ecology from Penn State in August 2015, am staying at Penn State as a postdoc. I am interested in the chemical ecology of plant-insect interactions, and especially how plants defend themselves against insect herbivores.
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 investigate interactions among invasive species, native plants and arthropods. I’m primarily interested in how plant defenses affect invasive herbivore host-plant choice and fitness.
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 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