Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota
1980 Folwell Avenue, 219 Hodson Hall
St. Paul, MN 55108
B.A. Biology: Emphasis on Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Diversity - University of Northern Iowa
Insects are incredibly diverse, leaving so much opportunity to ask questions and explore different groups. I love their range of colors, their varying shapes, and how ecologically specialized some of them can be.
Why University of Minnesota?
The University of Minnesota is allowing me to return to my home region of the upper midwest, where the plants and animals are among my favorites. I also appreciate the openness to diversity UMN offers, which makes me feel safe and at home.
Long term, I hope to contribute to the conservation of bumble bees in the upper midwest, a region that has undergone extreme landscape change. As an Iowan, I want to work towards making the midwest a place where agriculture and wildlife can thrive together. Additionally, I would like to lead citizen science initiatives to help others learn about bumble bees, and for us to learn more about bumble bees in the rural corners of our region.
My favorite insect is the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis), as it was the first insect I was truly excited about… so hairy, colorful, and cute! Honorable Mention: Green Stink Bug (Chinavia hilaris). Stink bugs in general are currently a group of insects I’m really interested in, they are so colorful and adorable!
In my free time I enjoy birding, playing relaxing video games, making and caring for terrariums, film photography, camping, and cooking new and different foods (with mixed success).
Coffee or Tea?
I love tea, especially Earl Grey in the morning :)
Areas of Interest
I am interested in how bumble bees use different habitats for foraging and nesting. I would also like to work towards developing efficient methods for locating bumble bee nests, including those of the endangered Rusty-patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis).