I am the Landis Lab Manager and enjoy working with graduate and undergraduate students in the lab and in the field. I graduated from Michigan State University with a BS in Environmental Biology and Zoology in 2009. I was born and raised in beautiful Michigan and spent most of my childhood outdoors. Like many of my colleagues, I love the natural world and everything it has to offer. My job in the lab allows me to spend a lot of time working outside, learning about and being involved in a variety of research projects, and meeting lots of great people dedicated to conservation. Through planning, setting up and conducting insect related research experiments in both natural and agricultural settings, I have acquired a variety of experiences that have helped me adapt to new changes, meet new challenges and learn about Midwestern agriculture.
My heart belongs to environmental education and I would love to teach the public, especially children, about nature and the conservation of the earth and its inhabitants. I believe it’s important for children to understand their pivotal role in the continued conservation of our planet, beginning with a love that can be developed in their own backyard.
When I’m not working in the lab, I enjoy many outdoor activities from horseback riding and kayaking to disc golfing and playing softball. I also enjoy reading, cooking, spending time with my family, and playing with my kitty Diego.