Aukema Lab Awards

September 30, 2015

NCFPW Aukema Lab[9/30/2015] Minnesota graduate students took the top three places in the student talk competition at the North Central Forest Pest Workshop on the Menominee Indian Reservation in Keshena, Wisconsin. Congrats to Rachael Nicoll, giving her first ever scientific talk, Andrea Hefty, and Marissa Streifel, for jobs well done!

The topic of Rachael's talk was late instar larval dispersal of gypsy moth, titled: “The dispersal capacity of late instar gypsy moth larvae: Implications for mitigation measures in wood product movement”). Andrea's talk concerned the reproduction between potential hosts of the walnut twig beetle, titled “Walnut at risk: Examining reproduction between potential hosts of the walnut twig beetle in the USA”. Marissa Streifel spoke about overwintering mortality of gypsy moth egg masses in a talk titled "Out cold: Overwintering mortality of gypsy moth egg masses due to cold exposure”.

Each student received a beautiful sugar maple cutting board (pictured left) gifted to them by Menominee Tribal Enterprises from wood cut and milled on the Reservation. Congratulations again!