Jake Wittman/ PhD
B.A. Biology and Environmental Studies: Concentration Bioscience, minor in Secondary Education, Luther College, Decorah, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Dispersal of gypsy moth larvae
I love the diversity and ubiquity of the insect world. They have a role in our life, whether we like them to or not, and I think they are critically under appreciated by society at large.
Why University of Minnesota?
I came here for the Aukema lab but am staying for all the fried food on a stick.
Seriously though, the Twin Cities are a great place. I taught high school in and around the Twin Cities for the last three years and thoroughly enjoy the people, location, environment, and culture. I can satisfy many of my itches here - there's a variety of (good) food, museums, concerts, and outdoor recreation (where I sometimes pick up more itches).
Contribute something to the conservation of our natural areas and heritage.
Jeff Goldblum in The Fly
(Actually, probably the luna moth. I think they're haunting and beautiful. Kind of like Jeff Goldblum)
I love to run, especially in the frigid Minnesota winters when my beard and mustache will freeze over with condensation (and probably more snot than I care to admit). I also like hiking, camping, biking, reading sci-fi, fantasy, and philosophy, watching movies (especially all the ones about superheroes). I also play the trombone.
Coffee or tea?