2017-2023: Ph.D. Entomology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S. Biology, University of Arkansas: Little Rock (2017)
B.S. Biology, University of Memphis (2015)
I am broadly interested in ecology and behavior. My current project focuses on the chemical ecology underlying host choice and preference in extremely polyphagous insects (Lygus bugs) and whether these behaviors can be exploited in an agricultural context.
In my free time I play Dungeons and Dragons with several other Entomology graduate students. I also enjoy board games, hiking, gardening, baking, and reading.
Pierson, L., Hetherington, M., & Ferkin, M. H. (2016). A low phytoestrogen diet reduces the proceptivity but not the attractivity of meadow voles (Microtus pennsylvanicus). In Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 13 (pp. 205-216). Springer, Cham.