Michelle Boone

Ph.D. Student

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

Sujaya Rao

Education: B.S. biology, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN



Crystal, MN

Why Insects?

They are interesting and often underappreciated animals.  Insect conservation is integral for sustaining healthy ecosystems.

Why University of Minnesota?

I’ve lived in MN my entire life and I love it here!  Also, having 3 biomes in the state makes it an interesting and exciting place to do ecological research.


I would love to work for the government or a nonprofit researching and promoting pollinator conservation.

Favorite Insect


Other interests/hobbies

Gardening, pets, hiking, cooking, camping, birdwatching, and traveling.

Coffee or tea?

Coffee in the morning, tea in the evening.

Areas of Interest

Developing non-lethal methods to study endangered insects, including using occupancy modeling to estimate detection probabilities and non-invasive ways to study population genetics of Bombus spp.