Department of Entomology Newsletter | 2018–2019 Review

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Message from Department Head, Sujaya Rao 

Sujaya RaoGreetings! Welcome to our first e-newsletter – a new vehicle for sharing our stories widely! 

Two years have already passed since I returned to the UMN Entomology Department! The time has gone by quickly and I have many exciting ‘bites’ to share with you – new members that have joined the department, milestones we have crossed, a plethora of wonderful events that have enhanced the visibility of the department and our discipline, the growing Entomology Minor, the multitude of local and national awards received, and more! 

Happy Reading! Send us your thoughts and ideas on this format – we welcome your feedback!

Happy New Year!


Welcoming New Members to the Department 

Dr. Amelia Lindsey
Dr. Matt Petersen
Hilary Strander


Recent Landmark Achievements

The Insect Collection achieved a major milestone by surpassing four million specimens!  

The entomology minor reached enrollment of more than 20 students!


New Events

The Great Minnsect Show

Celebrate Entomology


Select News Spotlights

On the cover: Journal of Comparative Neurology

​​​​​​​Seeking a Culprit When Bumblebee Carcasses Pile Up


UMN Department of Entomology 2018–2020 Achievements & Honors & Graduations

2018–2019
2019–2020


New M.S. Students


New Ph.D. Students


Engaging Alumni 

Alumni Spotlight: Margot Monson

Join The Maroon & Gold Network


In Memoriam

Dr. Phillip Clausen
Dr. Sping Lin
Dr. Allan Peterson
Dr. Steve Seybold


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give to the max thanks

Thank you to the donors who helped us raise $9,635 on Give to the Max Day on November 14 for the Pollinator Bank. Your support is helping us build a repository and database of Minnesota bees within the Department of Entomology’s Insect Collection.