Our lab works on ecological, behavioral and evolutionary questions related to arthropod pests of vegetables. Ultimately our goal is to provide vegetable growers with new and improved integrated pest management tools and to help implement those in their production practices. At the same time we also aim to gain a basic understanding of the processes involved, such as trophic interactions in agroecosystems, chemical ecology of insect-plant interactions and evolution of resistance traits. The experimental methods we use vary widely in scale from molecular, bench-top to greenhouse tests, to field and on-farm trials. The nature of our projects requires collaboration with colleagues in entomology and in a range of other disciplines within and outside Michigan. Currently we are identifying research projects; so if you have a pest problem that you would like us to hear about or if you are a potential collaborator, please contact us.