Meet the Team

Miranda Kersten

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Miranda Kersten is the IPM Program Manager at New Mexico State University. She received her M.S. in Integrative Biology from Oklahoma State University, where she studied the effects of land management practices on a milkweed dependent moth and its parasitoids. She has worked in invasive species removal and riparian restoration in New Mexico. She has worked with NMSU since 2018, focusing on pollinator IPM, monitoring beneficial insects across urban landscapes, and managing IPM research projects.

Ashley Knoch

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Ashley Knoch is a Research Assistant at New Mexico State University. Ashley received her M.S. at Oklahoma State University in Zoology and is currently completing her PhD in Integrative Biology. Her dissertation assesses the effects of pesticides with different modes of action on native bee richness and abundance. She is also evaluating how agricultural producers in Oklahoma perceive native bees to their crop production. Ashley also enjoys talking with the public about the importance of insects and their conservation.