I recently heard a quote attributed to Nathan Day Wilson, "It's pretty easy to do extraordinary things with people when they are exceptional to begin with." If you've ever had a chance to meet or hang out with my students, you would know why I feel like a pretty lucky prof.
My students come to the lab with a variety of life experience and educational backgrounds. At first glance, some backgrounds might seem rather unconventional routes to forest entomology: physical education, business, biochemistry, virology, insect physiology, geography... The common denominator, however, is initiative and interest - whenever acquired - in forest entomology. Once on board, I do whatever I can to help them pursue our common goals.
If you are interested in joining my lab for graduate studies, you should know what I expect from my students:
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I relocated the research program from a government lab based at the University of Northern British Columbia to the University of Minnesota in August 2010. The Department of Entomology is ranked in the top ten of graduate programs in insect science annually. The Twin Cities offer all the amenities of a large metropolitan city - restaurants, sports, the arts, culture - yet the Department's location on the St. Paul campus provides a small-town feel. Off campus, there are a wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities at state parks and more throughout the upper midwest.
The Twin Cities is a great place to study forest entomology. The state's diversity of ecosystems provides study opportunities from bark beetles to defoliators. Invasive insects such as the emerald ash borer and gypsy moth add both scientific and social underpinnings to urban forestry concerns. In addition, the university is surrounded by a wealth of great colleagues and cooperating agencies: the offices of the USDA Forest Service right next door, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (despite the name, they also work with invasive insects in forestry), city arborists and foresters, and more!
I welcome serious inquiries from potential students, postdocs, interns, or collaborators at any time. If you are interested in exploring opportunities, please send me an .