Ashley Leach

Graduate student (M.S.)

Integrated pest management | commercial vegetable production | pollination ecology | agriculture

My research focuses on the management of onion thrips in onion cropping systems. Specifically, I am examining the combined effect of nitrogen application, insecticide regime, and cultivar selection to optimize onion thrips control in onion.

Prior to becoming a graduate student at Cornell University, I participated in research on Spotted Wing Drosophila and pollination ecology at Michigan State University. I have also worked as a scout with CHS, Inc. and a Michigan agriculture environmental assurance program technician with the USDA.

In the future, I plan to continue to work in applied research that betters the agricultural industry. I aspire to provide agricultural producers with economically viable and sustainable solutions to their pest management problems.

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