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Before joining the Kremen lab, I received a B.A. in Biology from Linfield College in Oregon and a M.S. in Plant Ecology from Idaho State University, where I studied the plant and butterfly communities of kipukas at Craters of the Moon National Monument.  I have always been interested in insects, especially their ecological interactions with native plants.  Currently I am the lab manager for the Kremen Lab and have the privilege to work on the hedgerow studies, which examine how small-scale restorations (hedgerows) using native plants impact native pollinator communities in intensively-farmed agroecosystems.   We also seek to assess the functional role of native pollinators and whether their contribution to pollination services could provide adequate pollination to crops, since managed honeybee colonies are in decline.  Additionally, the project examines whether hedgerows support beneficial insect communities and relative crop pest abundances compared to unrestored sites.  Ultimately, the goal is to create an economic model to examine the drawbacks and benefits of installing hedgerows in croplands and provide incentive to growers to adopt integrated pest management strategies, reducing pesticide use.  Our work has been ongoing since the study began in 2006 and is conducted in the Yolo County, California.  When I'm not at work, I like to go on backpacking trips, read good books, and go running with my dog, Kenai.