Josie Dillon, M.S. Student
Understanding late-season management of Potato Virus Y, a serious aphid-vectored disease limiting seed potato production.
B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, University of North Dakota
I’ve had a love-hate relationship with insects since I was a kid. My love was rekindled during my undergrad while working in an entomology lab studying gypsy moths. From there, I was pulled into the integrated pest management world and learned that insects play a huge role in food production - whether they are pollinators, beneficials, or pests. They also resemble tiny aliens, which is pretty neat if you ask me.
Why University of Minnesota?
I am from Minnesota and really enjoy the seasonal diversity it offers. I grew up attending many Gopher games and have always enjoyed walking around campus. Dr. MacRae has also been an incredible mentor for me, and I am excited to be his graduate student!
My goal is to one day be teach kids that insects are cool (and important!) and be a mentor for students interested in Entomology. I also hope to work closely with growers to help them implement integrated pest management strategies.
My favorite insect is the Monarch butterfly because they sparked my interest in Entomology when I was a kid!
I enjoy essentially any and every outdoor activity - hiking, camping, gardening, kayaking, snowshoeing. I also brew my own beer, and love to read. I have played basketball my entire life and hope to join an intramural team!
Coffee or tea?
I was a barista for a year in college, so I think I’m obligated to say coffee (specifically, French press)!