Grace Graham

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

Degree
M.S.
Advisor
Brian Aukema
Marcella Windmueller-Campione
Education

B.A. in Evolutionary and Development Biology: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Biography

Hometown

Anchorage, AK

Why Insects?

Insects are fascinating in that they are all around us and yet can be completely overlooked.  It is not until an outbreak or an absence that we tend to realize how vital they are in the world around us.  Plus some of them are so cool and weird!

Why University of Minnesota?

My partner took a job in Minnesota so I was excited to have the opportunity to study at a world class institution working on questions that impact northern ecosystems, in particular boreal forests.

Aspirations

I plan to work with other forest health professionals on issues impacting boreal forests in Southcentral Alaska.  Ideally there would be a public-facing component such as an outreach or extension services type role.

Favorite Insect

Leaf-cutter ants

Other interests/hobbies

I enjoy nordic skiing (I may actually like winter better than summer in a good snow year), knitting, backpacking, and teaching my dog useless yet amusing tricks.

Coffee or tea?

Tea, I love the taste and smell of coffee, but it is too much caffeine for me.

Areas of Interest

Eastern larch beetle and tamarack defensive responses.  Using a dendrochronological approach to understand why some individual trees are able to survive widespread outbreak events.