Emily Althoff, Ph.D. Student
Eastern Larch Beetle
B.S. Integrative Biology and Anthropology: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 2018
M.S. Plant, Insect, and Microbial Sciences: University of Missouri Columbia 2020
I’ve always been interested in insects, even when I was young, but I didn’t know that you could make a career out of studying them until I was in college. Through working with the Illinois Natural History Survey’s Insect Collection and through assisting with research in the Hanks lab at the University of Illinois, I became fascinated with the diversity and behavior of insects.
Why University of Minnesota?
During my undergraduate program, I worked in a forest entomology lab. Through that experience, I had the opportunity to hear one of Dr. Aukema’s previous students give a seminar on bark beetle research. From there, I was fascinated with these insects. Starting graduate school during a pandemic is a bit odd, but the campus is beautiful, and everyone in the department has been exceedingly kind thus far.
I would like a career that incorporates forestry, teaching, and policy components. Something where I feel like I can make a difference with people and the environment would be ideal.
I love parasitoid wasps.
I play a few different instruments, I like to read a lot, I enjoy home projects (ie. Refurbishing old furniture), and I like hiking.
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