August Kramer

M.S. Student
Frenatae Treasurer (2021–2022)

Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota
1980 Folwell Avenue, 219 Hodson Hall
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States

Degree
M.S.
Advisor
Brian Aukema
Education

I received a Bs. In forestry and a certificate in GIS from the University of Montana.

Biography

Hometown

Mahtomedi, Minnesota

Why insects

I’ve loved insects since I was a kid, and during my time studying forestry and working for Montana DNRC I was exposed to the wide world of forest entomology. I developed a particular interest in bark beetles, and I am thrilled by the opportunity to continue studying them!

Why University of Minnesota?

I have a lot of reasons for choosing UMN. To list a few: the entomology program is fabulous and the campuses are beautiful, I am unironically a huge fan of Minnesota summer humidity, and most of my family resides in the state. One of my favorite things about UMN has always been the Bell Museum – the new facility is fantastic!

Aspirations 

Prior to my enrollment at UMN I worked as a specialist in the Forest Pest Management program of the Montana DNRC and got to work closely with state and federal entomologists, and I have a great deal of respect for the people in those positions – I would love to find myself in a similar role someday. I am very interested in the fields of diagnostics and taxonomy and would love to work with those skills as well. Ultimately, I aspire to continue studying and learning about forest insects!

Favorite Insect 

I’m definitely a big fan of beetles – right now my favorite is the harlequin beetle. I love it for its size, colors, and relationship with phoretic pseudoscorpions (another favorite arthropod of mine)!

Other interests/Hobbies

I love to grow things! I am an enthusiastic gardener with a few dozen houseplants, a fan of fermentation projects (kombucha, sauerkraut, pickles, etc.), and caregiver to my pet cat and a few blue death-feigning beetles. I am an extremely novice banjo player and an avid outdoorsman – I love spending time on the water or in the woods with my family.

Coffee or Tea?

Tea for me! I gave up coffee on a whim about three years ago and never looked back.

Areas of Interest

Mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) and eastern five-spined ips (Ips grandicollis) dispersal in western Montana.