Jake Wittman

Ph.D. Student

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

Degree
Ph.D.
Advisor
Brian Aukema
Education

B.A. Biology and Environmental Studies: Concentration Bioscience, minor in Secondary Education, Luther College, Decorah, IA

Biography

Hometown

Cedar Rapids, IA

Why Insects?

I love the diversity and ubiquity of the insect world. They have a role in our life, whether we like them to or not, and I think they are critically under appreciated by society at large.

Why University of Minnesota?

I came here for the Aukema lab but am staying for all the fried food on a stick.

Seriously though, the Twin Cities are a great place. I taught high school in and around the Twin Cities for the last three years and thoroughly enjoy the people, location, environment, and culture. I can satisfy many of my itches here - there's a variety of (good) food, museums, concerts, and outdoor recreation (where I sometimes pick up more itches).

Aspirations

Contribute something to the conservation of our natural areas and heritage.

Favorite Insect

Jeff Goldblum in The Fly

(Actually, probably the luna moth. I think they're haunting and beautiful. Kind of like Jeff Goldblum)

Other interests/hobbies

I love to run, especially in the frigid Minnesota winters when my beard and mustache will freeze over with condensation (and probably more snot than I care to admit). I also like hiking, camping, biking, reading sci-fi, fantasy, and philosophy, watching movies (especially all the ones about superheroes). I also play the trombone.

Coffee or tea? 

Coffee

Areas of Interest

Dispersal of gypsy moth larvae