In the Media
[4/28/2015] The UMN Bee Squad's Becky Masterman was recently featured on Kare 11 News. The Bee Squad was nspired by Dr. Marla Spivak at the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, and will help beekeepers and the community in the Twin Cities area foster healthy bee populations and pollinator landscapes through education and hands-on mentorship. Watch the video.
[4/17/2015] The most recent paper out of the Heimpel Lab made entomological news headlines today. The paper is titled 'Philornis downsi (Diptera: Muscidae), an Avian Nest Parasite Invasive to the Galápagos Islands, in Mainland Ecuador.' Mariana Bulgarella (PostDoc), Jonathan Dregni (Assistant Scientist) and George Heimpel (Distinguished McKnight University Professor) are listed among the authors. Great work, all!/span>
Congratulations to Amy and Theresa, who both received impressive awards this spring. Keep up the great work!
Amy Morey (Ph.D. Candidate, Venette Lab), is the 2015 recipient of the North Central Branch John Henry Comstock Award! This award given to one graduate student from each ESA Branch to promote interest in entomology at the graduate level and to stimulate interest in attending the ESA Annual Meeting. Students members are eligible to compete for this award in one Branch only. Each award consists of an all-expenses-paid trip to the meeting, a $100 cash prize, and a certificate. Expenses paid include reimbursed airfare, free hotel arrangements, free meeting registration, and a per diem allowance. Previous Comstock Award winners.
Theresa Cira (Ph.D., Hutchison Lab) is the recipient of the Global Food Security Fellowship from the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change. This fellowship will support Theresa's research on sustainable pest management in Vietnam on the litchi fruit borer (LFB), a pest of litchi. She will be working with growers to learn about on-farm pest management decision-making, conducting experiments with a new pheromone bait, surveying natural enemies for use in conservation biological control, and producing extension material for growers and the Vietnamese government. More on the ICGC Global Food Security Fellowships.
[4/3/2015] Congratulations to Ernesto and Lucas (Luis Ernesto Rázuri Gonzales and Lucas Marques de Camargos) of the Holzenthal Lab, who each received a $600 "Systematics Fund" student endowment award from the Society of Freshwater Science in recognition of their research in taxonomy of aquatic insects. In addition, Ernesto was just awarded a Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowship worth $2500 from the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance of the University of Minnesota. Ernesto will use his award to do field work in Ecuador this summer. Finally, Lucas was selected to participate in the Darwin Scholars Programme sponsored by the Field Studies Council, London, England. He received a of £625 fellowship to cover tuition and housing to attend a series of workshops in England this August on biodiversity conservation and field methods.
[3/27/2015] Congratulations to George Heimpel, who was named a Distinguised McKnight Professor!
Biological Control at a Crossroads in Agriculture and Conservation
In biological control, living organisms are introduced to control invasive species. This method has been used with great success, but also carries ecological risk. Professor Heimpel is making seminal contributions in implementing this strategy to protect soybeans in the U.S. and Darwin’s finches in the Galapagos Islands. He is also developing conceptual models that allow a balancing of benefits and risks in biological control to arrive at best net solutions for managing invasive species.
[3/19/2015] In an interview for KSTP (Channel 5) News, Roger Moon, a professor of entomology at the University of Minnesota, says we'll have more ticks and flies over the next few months, but our lack of rain this spring is good news when it comes to mosquitoes. Watch the video.
[3/10/2015] The Society for Freshwater Science awarded Petra Kranzfelder (Ph.D. Candidate, Len Ferrington) the Systematics Fund Award. The award was given to support Petra's research in the area of taxonomy and systematics. Congratulations, Petra!
In an article posted on CNN's website, Marla Spivak wrote that it's time for all of us to act. Anyone who cares about the health of the planet, for now and for generations to come, needs to answer this wake-up call. Read the full article.
[2/17/2015] Tune in to Classical MPR to hear our own Sabrina Hymel discuss her playlist during the weekly Music with Minnesotans segment. Sabrina is a scientist in the Kells lab, and when she's not saving the world from bed bug infestations she enjoys classical music, knitting, and plotting office pranks. Listen here.