I am researching the sub-lethal effects of pesticide residues (mainly Neonicotinoids) on bumble bee populations along with researching the molecular mechanism(s) of detoxification, metabolism, and immunity under stress.
Bachelor's of Arts in Biology Cum laude. University of Minnesota Duluth
I have always been fascinated with insects ever since I can remember helping my mom in her garden. The biodiversity of the insect world truly astounds me. I am highly interested in insect pollinators because they are vital to our ecosystem, but if I had to pick one group it would be Lepidoptera.
Why University of Minnesota?
Minnesota has always been my home and I fell in love with Duluth during my undergrad years. I felt the U of M would provide me with the essential resources and skills I would need in order to have a successful career in Entomology.
I would like to dive into my love for insects further by possibly obtaining a PhD. I can easily see myself in extension work or teaching others about the importance of insect pollinators at the community and college level.
Death Head Moth. I love the coloration pattern and the symbolism associated with the "skull" on the dorsal side of the thorax. A close second would be the Luna Moth.
I love to read and go to rock concerts. I have recently started learning to play the electric guitar and I am hooked. I love music more than anything, especially punk rock and pop punk.
Coffer or tea?
Neither. Both taste like burnt wood. Hot chocolate with a splash of Baileys is the way to go.