Plant diversity

Inter- and intra-specific plant diversity can have substantial effects on herbivorous insects, biological control, and plant resilience to abiotic stress. Urban landscapes often lack plant diversity due to aesthetic requirements, design, or functionality, which may increase pest abundance and management inputs. Taking advantage of the inherent benefits associated with plant diversity may provide more sustainable strategies to managing insect pests and increasing the services plants provide.

I am interested in how manipulating both inter- and intra-specific plant diversity in urban landscapes can increase plant health and reduce reliance on insecticides for managing insect pests of turfgrass and ornamental plants.