Emily Althoff

Ph.D. Student
Frenatae Outreach Coordinator (2021–2022)

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

Degree
Ph.D.
Advisor
Brian Aukema
Education

B.S. Integrative Biology and Anthropology: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 2018

M.S. Plant, Insect, and Microbial Sciences: University of Missouri Columbia 2020

Biography

Hometown

O’Fallon, IL 

Why insects?

I’ve always been interested in insects, even when I was young, but I didn’t know that you could make a career out of studying them until I was in college. Through working with the Illinois Natural History Survey’s Insect Collection and through assisting with research in the Hanks lab at the University of Illinois, I became fascinated with the diversity and behavior of insects.

Why University of Minnesota? 

During my undergraduate program, I worked in a forest entomology lab. Through that experience, I had the opportunity to hear one of Dr. Aukema’s previous students give a seminar on bark beetle research. From there, I was fascinated with these insects. Starting graduate school during a pandemic is a bit odd, but the campus is beautiful, and everyone in the department has been exceedingly kind thus far.

Aspirations

I would like a career that incorporates forestry, teaching, and policy components. Something where I feel like I can make a difference with people and the environment would be ideal.

Favorite Insect

I love parasitoid wasps.

Other interests/Hobbies

I play a few different instruments, I like to read a lot, I enjoy home projects (ie. Refurbishing old furniture), and I like hiking.

Coffee or Tea?

Tea 100%.

Areas of Interest

Eastern Larch Beetle