Sarah Lisak

PhD Student

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

Robert Koch
Amelia Lindsey

BA in Biology and Environmental Studies with a Music Minor



Frankfort, IL

Why insects?

Insects are small miraculous creatures that often get overlooked or are given a bad reputation. We live in an insect world! They provide many ecosystem services and have contributed to human culture more than one would expect. I am fascinated with their diversity, behavior and history.

Why University of Minnesota? 

The University of Minnesota’s research, extension work, resources, volunteer work, field work and teaching opportunities all intrigued me. My favorite thing about UMN is the proximity to nature all year round and all the fun activities the Twin Cities have to offer.


I aim to shine a positive light on insects for young students, in order to fight against the societal views that insects are gross and nuisances, while mentoring them through their education. I want to make an impact in our local food systems by working with growers to help implement IPM strategies.

Favorite Insect

Lady Beetles! Lady beetles caught my attention from a young age. I remember collecting them in yogurt containers while my two brothers played in their soccer games. I had a hard time pronouncing “Lady bug” which led to my version of “Leggy bub.” Lady beetles sparked my interest in all the cute, creepy crawlies I have grown to love.

Other interests/Hobbies

I enjoy spending my time exploring the great outdoors: hiking, gardening, taking macro photos, kayaking and rollerblading. I love cooking, crafting, and playing my flute.

Areas of Interest

Biological Control of soybean gall midge