I have been conducting applied agricultural research on farms throughout Vermont since I arrived in 2006. My research has focused on biological control of agricultural pests through enhancing native natural enemy communities. More recently, I have brought my love for field-based research and passion for teaching into the classroom to benefit the students of the University of Vermont and Saint Michael's College.
Research and/or Creative Works
Research and Education Grant Program (Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education), 2020-2023. “Biological and Cultural Tactics for the Control of Wireworms in Root Crops.” Co-PI with Victor Izzo,
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, USDA), 2020-2021. “Understanding the Risk Benefit of Brassica Cover Crops on Vegetable Farms in the Northeast.”
Research and Education Grant Program (Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education), 2019-2022. “Pre- and Post-Harvest Strategies for Leek Moth Control on Diversified Vegetable Farms.” Co-PI with Victor Izzo
Research and Education Grant Program (Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education), 2019-2022. “Biological Control of Corn Rootworm in Conventional and Organic Corn Production.” PI: Elson Shields.
Lewins, S.A. and P. Barbosa. Does Identity of Species in a Predator Assemblage Influence the Relationship Between Predator Species Richness and Prey Mortality? Biological Control. (In Review)
Moreno, C.R., S.A. Lewins, P. Barbosa. Identifying and assessing the major arthropod predators of Pieris rapae L. in Maryland collards (Brassica Oleraceae Var. Acephala). (In Prep).
Areas of Expertise and/or Research
Entomology, Biological Control, Insect Agroecology, Sustainable Agriculture
- M.S. Entomology, University of Marlyand, College Park, 2006
- B.S. Environmental and Forest Biology, State University of NY College, Syracuse NY, 2000
202 Jeffords Hall
PSS 028 A Bugs Life
PSS 195 Introduction to Hemp Production