Ellen Owusu Adjeiwaa

Ellen Owusu
M.S. Student

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

Robert Koch

Licenciatura en Ciencias Agrícolas, Universidad EARTH, Costa Rica



Atebubu-Brong Ahafo,Ghana

Why insects?

I became interested in learning about insects when I saw how these tiny beautiful animals were causing serious damages to my family farm and how some of them were resisting all the control measures we were applying. This caught my attention to look for alternative ways to control them without causing any harm to the environment as well as the people who are exposed to the insecticides being used as control and why they have developed resistance to them.

Why did you choose the University of Minnesota? 

I love the University of Minnesota because of the amazing research ideas from their Department of Entomology as well as being among the best universities in the USA to help shape one’s professional career. Just thinking about U of M makes one feel at home.


I look forward to providing the best technical support possible to farmers with the knowledge and skills I will obtain from the university. There are farmers, particularly small farmers, who need advice from IPM experts who are helping to reduce global food losses due to increased pest populations.

Favorite Insect

Beetles having hard exoskeleton always get my attention. 

Other interests/Hobbies

I love to sing, hike, zip-lining, cooking and trying new things. What makes me unique is being able to challenge myself no matter how hard/difficult that will be and not giving up.

Areas of Interest

Examining the potential pests and their impact on pennycress (Thlaspi arvense) production.