Throughout my life, I’ve always found myself drawn to the natural world and questioning the biological processes behind it. Consequently, my fascination with arthropods began while receiving my undergraduate degree in biology, where I worked on a research project investigating the mating behavior of the elongate stilt spider. I finished my M.S. thesis on asparagus beetle overwintering in the Vegetable Entomology Lab in 2021. I’m now excited to continue my passion for scientific inquiry by pursuing a Ph.D. degree also in the Vegetable Entomology Lab. Some of my research interests include agroecology, landscape ecology, insect behavior, and plant-insect interactions.
Email: jzavalnit ‘at’ gmail.com