Research Associate, Natural Resources and the Environment
Stacy is an evolutionary ecologist with a passion for understanding how insects shape the evolution and ecology of plants, especially in the context of plant invasions. She earned her PhD in Ecology in 2018 from Colorado State University, where she used common mullein (Verbascum thapsus) and the red flour beetle (Tribolium castaneum) to test theory on dispersal, invasion success, and plant-insect interactions. As a Research Associate with Dr. Bernd Blossey, she now applies her perspectives on eco-evolutionary theory through the lens of invasive species management, with a focus on biological control. In these endeavors, she also explores creative approaches for improving how we assess the impacts of invasions and their management, such as working with local acoustic experts and regional land managers to record changes in bird, frog, and bat communities. An integral part of Stacy’s identity as a scientist is her passion for mentoring and teaching. She is particularly invested in empowering individuals who identify with underrepresented groups in the sciences. Please visit her website to learn more.
Interests: plant invasions, plant-insect interactions, rapid evolution of plant populations, insect dispersal
sbe28 [at] cornell.edu