Amanda Stephens - M.S. Student
I am interested in the synthesis of conservation, ecology, and entomology, especially invasion biology and ecology. I am currently studying cold hardiness of the spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii), which is a pest of soft fruits.
B.S. Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, University ofMinnesota
Insects are an important foundation for any ecologist- almost all life cycles depend on them. They are found almost anywhere in such high diversity that you can never get bored!
Why University of Minnesota?
I came here as an undergrad and became associated with the department towards my senior year. When I started my graduate school search, I realized I had been quite spoiled with how awesome the department is here and I didn’t want to leave!
Short-term, I hope to go on to complete a Ph.D. in Entomology or Conservation Biology. Long-term, I would love to be a professor at a research university- molding minds and doing my own research!
Too many! I really like Assassin Bugs because they’re so bizarre- they will cover themselves in the corpses of their eaten prey for camouflage. I also really like luna moths, especially as caterpillars. They’re adorable.
Climbing, hiking, knitting, cats, reading, trying new foods, home brewing kombucha, music, learning
Coffee or tea?
Both, depending on my mood, and if they’re black