Hometown: Orange City, Iowa
Major: Entomology, Doctorate Degree
Anticipated Date of Graduation: May 2021
Why did you decide to come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
During my junior year of my undergraduate program, I determined that I wanted to pursue a graduate degree in entomology. When conversing with office staff and meeting with professors during a campus visit, I felt like the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was the place for me.
What is your favorite thing about University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
One of my favorite things about UNL is the interdepartmental collaboration that occurs. As an entomology major and plant pathology minor, I have received numerous opportunities to be involved in interdisciplinary work and develop skills that will benefit me during a future career as an entomologist. I have enjoyed learning from other professors, staff and students within different departments.
How has diversity and inclusive excellence played a role in your CASNR experience?
Our department is extremely diverse with faculty, staff and students coming from a variety of countries and backgrounds. It has been a pleasure to work alongside international students and learn about their culture, engage in thoughtful discussions and develop friendships that will last outside of our academic careers. I have really enjoyed being a part of a department that focuses on promoting diversity and inclusion in all aspects of life.
What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why?
My favorite class I have taken during my graduate career is ENTO 820: Insecticide Toxicology, taught by Ana Velez. This class is all about the modes of action of insecticides and the way insects can develop resistance to these compounds, which fits in with my research program. There is also an undergraduate class available, ENTO 300: Toxins in the Environment, which I would also highly recommend to anyone interested!
What are your plans post-graduation?
My career goal is to become a professor at a major land-grant institution and develop a research program in agricultural pest management. I would also like to teach classes focused on insect biology/ecology, insect taxonomy, pest management and/or science literacy.
What’s life like outside of school?
Outside of school, I spend a lot of time with my wife, Emily, and our dog, Ruby. We like to go on walks, take our kayaks out to Holmes Lake, golf/mini golf and we also spend a lot of time hanging out with our friends and all of their kids! We also enjoy trying new restaurants in Lincoln and the surrounding area.