• B.S., San Jose State University (Biology) 2002
  • M.S., University of Maryland (Entomology) 2006
  • Ph.D., University of California Santa Cruz (Environmental Studies) 2013
Areas of Interest

My research interests span the vast intersection between insect ecology, agroecology, and sustainable development in temperate and tropical agroecosystems. My current research imparts on three main foci: 1) Agroecosystem diversification and integrated pest management, 2) Community-based, participatory action research inquiry, and 3) Sustainable livelihoods and adaptive capacity. In the past, I have conducted research in Venezuela, Texas, and Idaho to understand how traditional crop varieties and ecosystem-based management can influence insect pest populations, weed management, livestock grazing, and livelihood diversification in farming communities.

Courses Taught
  • ENVS 230: Sustainable Agriculture: Theory to Practice
  • ENVS 399: Agricultural Entomology
  • ENVS 310: Sustainable Development: Principles & Practices