I am interested in improving efficiency, sustainability, and yields in systems where insects are farmed for human and animal consumption. I hope to develop economically and environmentally sound, insect farming practices that will result in increased insect agriculture in the Upper Midwest and worldwide. My research will involve the bioaugmentation of nutrient-poor feed substrates using fungal mycelium and examining growth and nutritional impacts in several edible insect models. Fungus is both a research topic and a pastime; I am often found in the woods identifying and collecting mushrooms. I live with a partner named Genevieve and a big dog named Hailey. I play roller derby with the all-gender team based in Madison. I play the saxophone and guitar.
Department of Entomology