James Wolfin- M.S. Student

James WolfinAdvisors:

Marla Spivak, Eric Watkins


Queens, New York

Research Topic:

Enhancing monoculture lawns with low growing forbs to improve forage availability for pollinators

Previous Education:

B.S. 2015, Ecology, University of Delaware

Why Insects?

After taking an introductory entomology course as an undergraduate, I was fascinated by the sheer diversity of insects as well as the variety of ecosystem services they provide.  After joining the bee lab, and taking additional entomology courses, I knew I was hooked for good.

Why the University of Minnesota?

I was first drawn in by the name recognition of the bee lab and the high quality of research being conducted at the University.  After meeting my advisors and the students within the entomology program, I knew I had found a home with an atmosphere where I could grow as a student and future entomologist.


To promote pollinator health in any way I can.  Where I will end up is still up in the air, but I'm excited to see where I land!

Favorite Insect:

It's too easy to say Apis mellifera, the European honey bee, so I'll go with Agapostemon texanus.  They pollinate our crops and flowers, and you can't help but stare in awe at that beautiful iridescent green color!

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Other Interests/Hobbies:

I love sports... probably a little too much.  When I'm not in the lab you can find me either on the field, or in front of the TV supporting my favorite teams (GO JETS!).  Aside from that, I love being outdoors, petting random dogs, and a fresh slice of pizza.

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