You can find Kayla in her new position as Assistant Professor of Forest Entomology at The Ohio State University HERE.
Kayla I. Perry
Postdoc, Kent State University, Department of Biological Sciences, 2021-
Ph.D. The Ohio State University, 2016, Entomology
Kayla’s research interests focus on understanding how natural and anthropogenic disturbances influence the structure and function of insect communities in natural and managed ecosystems. She graduated with her Ph.D. in Entomology in 2016 from the Ohio State University where she investigated the responses of ground-dwelling arthropod communities to disturbance caused by emerald ash borer, windstorms, and salvage logging in forest ecosystems. Kayla’s postdoctoral research has focused on understanding whether landscape simplification from urbanization and agricultural intensification imposes constraints on processes of insect community assembly with the goal of improving the biodiversity conservation. Kayla specializes on beetles (Order Coleoptera) in the families Carabidae, Scarabaeidae, Geotrupidae, Silphidae, and Staphylinidae. In the Bahlai Lab, Kayla aims to investigate the effects of environmental change on insect communities across spatial and temporal scales using a variety of quantitative approaches.