In the Fall of 2015, Max joined Dr. Scott Salom‘s lab in the Department of Entomology. His research focuses on the invasive Emerald Ash Borer and biological control. Max graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2015 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Biological Sciences. As an undergraduate, he worked in the University of Rhode Island Biological Control Lab, where he studied a variety of invasive species, including Mile-a-Minute Vine, Purple Loosestrife, Swallowwort, and Phragmites, as well as Lilly Leaf Beetle, Emerald Ash Borer, and Southern Pine Beetle. His undergraduate research project focused on the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid. Max has also been a teaching assistant in two courses, Introduction to Entomology and Introduction to Biology, and assisted in the reorganization and digitization of Environmental Economics.
Max’s interest in science began early when he was active with the Future Farmers of America and Boy Scouts of America. His undergraduate work in the URI Biological Control Lab led to his current focus on entomology and the biological control of invasive species. As a fellow in the IGC program, Max hopes to share and discuss the risks and rewards of invasive species control with faculty and students from a variety of disciplines across campus.
In this video, Max and other members of the URI Biological Control Lab talk about their research on the Emerald Ash Borer.