Leah received her B.S. in Entomology from Cornell University in 2016. At Cornell, Leah spent time studying the behavior of Australian huntsman spiders, and the conservation status of native and exotic lady beetles in New York. She has also worked at the NYC Department of Health in Vector Surveillance as well as at the New York Botanical Garden researching bee diversity across the urban garden.
Leah is a PhD student in The Sword lab and currently researches insect-plant-microbe interactions. She focuses specifically on the role of endophytic fungi in plant resistance and tolerance to herbivorous pests on sorghum and soybean. Leah is an avid reader, runner and a big NY Yankees fan!