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’m excited to continue my passion for scientific inquiry by pursuing a master’s degree in entomology in the vegetable entomology lab. Some of my research interests include agroecology, insect behavior, and plant-insect interactions. My current research is focused on investigating the overwintering biology of asparagus beetles. By better understanding how the surrounding ecosystem impacts asparagus beetle population dynamics, I hope to provide information for Michigan asparagus growers to implement more sustainable, integrated pest management strategies in commercial production.
Email: jzavalnit 'at' gmail.com