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I am the Research Entomologist at the University of Missouri's Delta Research Center located in Portageville, MO. I received my doctorate from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2010, where I studied the susceptibility of Oriental fruit moth to selected insecticides and mixtures. I briefly worked with integrated pest management of bed bugs at Rutgers University as a Research Assistant for the Urban Entomology Department. Most recent research focused on management programs for the Asian citrus psyllid, the vector of citrus greening disease – a serious threat to citrus production in Florida, and citrus leafminer - a pest that contributes to the spread of canker. My research emphasized the development of efficient monitoring methods to evaluate control, economic feasibility, and impact on secondary pests to assist in making rational control decisions. I also evaluated new chemical tools for psyllid suppression and compatibility with natural enemies. I assisted growers with planning and evaluation of field tests to develop site specific season-long psyllid control which provided an information bridge between growers and researchers to communicate this information effectively to the industry. Currently, I am an applied field crop entomologist and work primarily with cotton, rice, soybeans and corn. I am looking forward to using GIS to map the distribution of pests, monitoring for insecticide resistance in a variety of pests using lab and field trials, and measuring the impact of insecticides on natural enemies.