My interest in entomology puts me in an ideal position to examine between species interactions and complex natural processes from a community based experimental framework that spans everything from microscopic bacteria to macroscopic plants and animals. My career goals are to pursue questions at the interface between microorganisms, animals and plants and the roles of each in shaping ecosystems. These pertain to discovery and description of new associations and their distributions as well as defining known associations and their broader community impact. I believe that high throughput sequencing has opened a new era of discovery in ecology, of which we have only begun to fully understand. My interests span microbial/animal systems, invasive species, and classic community ecology. My graduate studies in the lab of Dr. Daniel Gruner at the University of Maryland reflect these interests.