My research is broadly focused on urban entomology and environmental exposure risks. Indoor and structural pests, such as the German cockroach (Blattella germanica) and bed bug (Cimex lectularius), are known to have serious health effects on humans, and can be responsible for asthmatic attacks, disease transmission, and general distress. Even worse, these effects tend to be felt primarily by people of low socio-economic status who often lack the means and/or knowledge to properly manage pests. Through my research I strive to alleviate these problems by understanding how urban pests function and behave, why they have evolved to possess these traits and behaviors, and how their various and often unique physiologies and behaviors can be exploited for management purposes. Furthermore, I seek to understand the human health risks associated with urban pest infestations and how human health can be improved through proper pest management. Ultimately, I strive to provide scientifically backed evidence to support the most effective, affordable, and sustainable pest management strategies, facilitating proper pest control for everyone.


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