Maggie Shanahan, Ph.D Candidate
As if their exquisite beauty weren’t enough, insects intersect a variety of systems in a fascinating way. They shape our ecosystems and agricultural systems, and even help us detect and address imbalances in those environments. They also have great personalities.
Why University of Minnesota?
I first came to UMN as a research technician during college. Though I went to school on the West Coast, I spent summers in Minnesota learning bees and research from the folks at the Bee Lab. My favorite thing about Minnesota is how, at the end of the winter, when it seems almost impossible, the trees turn green again.
Tetragonisca angustula; all of the cephalotrigonas (stingless bees with disproportionately large heads
Above average as a baker. Skilled swing dancer. As a soccer player, what I lack in talent I make up in enthusiasm. Fluent in Spanish, with a malleable accent.