BiographyI was a returning adult student when I finished my Associates degree in 1999. When I was halfway through my bachelors degree at Elmhurst College, I decided to go for my doctorate. I finished two Masters degrees, Geography & Environmental Science and Biology at Northeastern Illinois University. I figured I had twice the opportunity to find a doctoral advisor. My life could have gone in either direction, but I was chosen by an extension entomologist at the University of Illinois for my Ph.D, and that made the decision for me.
I was given the opportunity to learn about research and extension responsibilities while I was a doctoral student. I used that experience to help me obtain a post doc position with the University of Florida, where I worked with citrus pests, and then onto my current position as an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Missouri.
Missouri has a range of row crops and no shortage of insect pests. There's always a problem to solve when it comes to resistance management.
How the book idea came along was through an invitation from one of my dissertation advisors, Jacqueline Robertson. She taught me everything I know about bioassays and resistance screening. We continued to work together on publications and grants while I was a post doc. She invited me to be an author on her 3rd book in August of 2014, and we were working on it when she expectantly passed away from pneumonia in July of 2015. I wasn't going to let her down, so I finished the book for us. The book is a dedication to everything she taught me as a student of bioassays.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Integrated Resistance Management, Toxicology, Bioassays
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