Darren completed his undergraduate at Kansas State University with degrees in Kinesiology and Human Nutrition. He is currently working towards his PhD in Medical and Veterinary Entomology. The primary aim of his research is to develop novel attraction and control methods for the biting midge Culicoides sonorensis, which is a pest of veterinary importance. This insect spreads the pathogen that causes Hemorrhagic Disease in white-tailed deer. Some of his research led to the development of an attractive insecticidal sugar bait trap, in addition to plans to further develop this device into a pathogen surveillance technology. Darren is an outdoor enthusiast and is thrilled he gets to work with deer and the ever growing deer farming industry. Working with Culicoides has opened his mind to the complexity of the disease transmission cycle and pest/host interactions that he must understand. Upon completing his PhD, Darren can see himself continuing research for the deer industry or using his knowledge on another pest of medical and veterinary importance.