2017 AGRO New Investigator Award Finalist – Caitlin Rering

Dr. Caitlin Rering is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology at the USDA-Agricultural Research Service under the supervision of John Beck and Rachel Vannette. She is studying interactions between the floral microbiome and pollinators, including impacts on crop yield and honey bee health. Caitlin believes agriculture is the most crucial interplay between humans and the environment. As such, her research interests seek to develop new integrative pest management strategies that incorporate ecological paradigms for better human and environmental outcomes. She recently earned a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry from the University of California, Davis under the advisement of Ron Tjeerdema, where she investigated the toxicity, degradation and transport of pesticides. Caitlin previously earned a B.S. in chemistry at Oregon State University.