I joined the Szendrei lab in 2013 as a Master’s student after receiving my B.S. in Biology from Western Michigan University. My interests are centered around insect ecology, conservation biological control, and sustainable agricultural practices. As a result, the predominant theme of my research is that of pesticide input reduction in annual cropping systems. Currently, I am investigating the biology and ecology of two celery insect pests: the celery leaftier (Udea rubigalis) and aphids. This work will consist of a variety of components including the identification of biological control agents, pheromone compound analysis, and the development of integrated pest management protocols. The ultimate goal is to develop economical pest management tactics and strategies that minimize disturbance and take advantage of the regulating services provided by our ecosystems.
Email: jubenvi3 ‘at’ msu.edu