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

http://www.ent.msu.edu
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
517-355-0123
http://agbioresearch.msu.edu/

Dr. Zsofia Szendrei

szendrei@msu.edu
517-974-8610
Vegetable Entomology Lab
Department of Entomology
Michigan State University
1129 Farm Lane, Room 348
Food Safety and Toxicology Bldg.
East Lansing MI 48824