I am interested in investigating ecological questions through the lens of plant-insect interactions, especially in applied contexts. As an undergraduate I studied salt marsh arthropod food webs, which sparked my curiosity about predator-prey interactions and how top-down and bottom-up effects can influence food web structure and ecosystem response to disturbance. I then completed a master’s project investigating how diversity in tomato chemical defense affected foraging and survival of a generalist herbivore, as well as its interactions with predators. As a PhD student in the Szendrei lab I am excited to continue exploring questions related to agroecology, biocontrol, and food webs in a setting where they will be useful to growers.

email: haurikay ‘at’ msu.edu

Department of Entomology

288 Farm Lane
243 Natural Science Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824
Phone 517-355-4633
Fax 517-432-7061

MSU AgBioResearch

109 Agriculture Hall
East Lansing, Michigan 48824

Dr. Zsofia Szendrei

Vegetable Entomology Lab
Department of Entomology
Michigan State University
1129 Farm Lane, Room 348
Food Safety and Toxicology Bldg.
East Lansing MI 48824