Rose Picklo

M.S. Student

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

Brian Aukema

Microbiology B.S., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities



Grand Forks, ND

Why insects?

I was initially drawn to entomology because of how insects can serve as a mechanism of disturbance. It is absolutely fascinating how if, given the right conditions, a bug formerly considered benign (like eastern larch beetle) can drastically alter an ecosystem. Now that I’ve started in the program, my mind is blown on a regular basis by the wild adaptations and specialized behaviors insects have developed to survive.

Why University of Minnesota? 

Most folks aren’t lucky enough to have a world-class research institution located within biking distance. After speaking with the fantastic faculty and students in the Entomology and NRSM programs, I knew this was the place! I love the cow sculptures on the St. Paul campus.


Post-graduation, my goal is to enter civil service and work on projects relating to invasive species, disturbance and disease in forest ecosystems. My dream is to live in a small town with a big library.

Favorite Insect

Dakota skipper

Other interests/Hobbies

After completing my bachelors, I spent almost five years running the quality program at a local microbrewery. I like to hike, bike and camp- but you could just as easily catch me reading a book, snuggled up on the couch with my dog. I enjoy volunteering at Lost Valley Prairie SNA, especially on seed collection days. I love learning new plants and am always down for a nature walk!

Coffee or Tea?

Cold brew in the summer, Earl Grey in the winter

Areas of Interest

Influence of temperature on developmental thresholds of the eastern larch beetle, Dendroctonus simplex.