We do forest entomology. Bugs and trees. Trees and bugs.
Students are the backbone of the program. We strive to do high quality-work that provides meaningful results, while training high-quality citizens.
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.
Riding on Coattails...
I am fiercely proud of my students, with good reason. They've set the bar pretty high! In the first five years,
- Every graduate student/postdoc obtained a position of employment immediately upon graduation
- We've had an Entomological Society of America National Undergraduate Achievement Award winner
- We've had an ESA President's Prize winner as well as several placements
The lab was started in 2006 in a new position with the Canadian Forest Service at the University of Northern British Columbia. In the summer of 2010, we relocated to the Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota.
What We Do
Our work spans from the organismal to the landscape levels. Methods include basic laboratory assays, field experiments, and sometimes large-scale computer analyses. We work with bark beetles, wood borers, weevils, and more, and have gained experience with both natives and invasives in forest and urban settings. Our work benefits from a large network of collaborators in university, industry, and various levels of government.
The Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota
The Department of Entomology is ranked in the top ten of graduate programs in insect science annually, and 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!