Monica Farfan is a mite community ecologist interested in predator-prey interactions and how bottom-up and top-down effects influence decomposition. Her research focuses on detrital and foliar communities and links between these above- and belowground systems. Most recently, Monica was a United States Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture Postdoctoral Fellow with Clemson University working on the diversity and food webs of predatory mites in agricultural fields in South Carolina. She is the current president of the Acarological Society of America and served as Secretary/Treasurer from 2015-2018. Monica has been on the faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and DePaul University, Chicago, IL. She received her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois-Chicago and her M.Sc from The Ohio State University.