Entomology students face plenty of pressure, from conducting research to getting published to presenting at conferences. And, perhaps most daunting: embarking upon a career after graduation. Ph.D. student Lina Bernaola calls the stress of the final stages of academic coursework "graduphobia."
For many entomologists, field experiments happen in actual "fields"—croplands or prairies, for instance—but urban ecologist Elsa Youngsteadt, Ph.D., often finds herself in much different spaces, such as the Broadway median in New York City's Upper West Side.
Kate Mathis, Ph.D., postdoctoral researcher at the University of Arizona and soon-to-be assistant professor at Clark University, got hooked on entomology at a young age, when she saw ants swarm peonies in her mother's garden every spring as they bloomed. Today, she carries that fascination into her research on complex species interactions.
For an entomology student, earning an award from the Entomological Society of America can be a source of encouragement, an opportunity to gain name recognition, and a chance to meet new colleagues and role models at ESA meetings. One past student award winner shares her experience and advice.
Every year, students and professionals in entomology present their research at the Entomological Society of America's Annual Meeting. It's a chance to share the latest updates from their work with an audience of fellow experts in insect science, and, with a little preparation, it doesn't have to be a nerve-racking experience.
Lauren Diepenbrock, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher at North Carolina State University and soon to be an assistant professor at the University of Florida, says she enjoys "figuring out how insects, particularly invasive species, make use of the available resources to be successful."
Edwin "Ted" R. Burgess, Ph.D., an entomologist at Northern Illinois University, says his favorite aspect of his entomological research is that it encourages creativity to solve difficult problems.
In her postdoctoral position with the USDA-ARS, entomologist Erika Machtinger directed a field study in which she had to manage "a field staff of six, countless rotating volunteers, laboratory support, and multiple institutions and landowners." All in a day's work for a busy entomologist! Learn more in the first of our new "Standout Early Career Professionals" Q&A series.
Entomology Today visited the reception to talk to some first-time attendees and get their impression of the conference experience so far.
Editor’s Note: As Entomology 2017 approaches, today we continue with the third in a five-part “Students at #EntSoc17” series on Entomology Today, in which members of ESA’s Student Affairs Committee share […]
Editor’s Note: As Entomology 2017 approaches, today we continue with the second in a five-part “Students at #EntSoc17” series on Entomology Today, in which members of ESA’s Student Affairs Committee share […]
By Laurel Haavik, Ph.D. Editor’s Note: This is the next installment in the “Behind the Science” series by Laurel Haavik that peeks into the lives of scientists. See other posts […]
By Ashley Kennedy Editor’s Note: With now less than two months until Entomology 2017, today we begin with the first in a five-part “Students at #EntSoc17” series on Entomology Today, […]
By David R. Coyle, Ph.D. A couple of years ago, I changed careers. No, I didn’t leave science altogether; rather, I switched from a research career (the “tenure-track” path, if […]
Editor’s Note: This is the next installment in the “Behind the Science” series by Laurel Haavik that peeks into the lives of scientists. See other posts in the series. By […]
A podcast aimed at educating young people about careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) recently featured an entomologist, Dr. Corrie Moreau of Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. […]