Josie Dillon, M.S. Student

Josie Dillon

Advisor

Ian MacRae

Hometown

Plymouth, MN

Research Topic

Understanding late-season management of Potato Virus Y, a serious aphid-vectored disease limiting seed potato production.

Previous Education

B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, University of North Dakota

Why Insects?

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!

Aspirations

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.

Favorite Insect

My favorite insect is the Monarch butterfly because they sparked my interest in Entomology when I was a kid!

Other interests/hobbies

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)!