Alternatives: Entomologists Who Use Their Hard-Earned Research Skills in Non-Research Careers

Rayda Krell coffee table safari

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 in the series. Graduate school, the traditional conduit to an academic career, trains people to conduct research. Yet, many people with graduate degrees don’t end […]

Perspectives Change While Themes Persist at Different Points Along the Career Path

Annie Ray checking insect trap

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 Laurel Haavik, Ph.D. The length of a career could be compared to a marathon—an event more about stamina than speed. Yet the starting point for […]

How Fast Does Emerald Ash Borer Kill Trees in Our Forests?

Ash forest affected by emerald ash borer

By Laurel Haavik, Ph.D. Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, a shiny green beetle from Asia commonly known as the emerald ash borer (EAB), has taken North America by storm. Assisted mostly by people, but also by its own wings, EAB is rapidly spreading across urban and forested areas alike. EAB-killed ash trees in urban areas are noticeable […]

Ken Raffa Shares His Passion for Working with People to Understand Insects as Agents of Change

Editor’s note: This is the third installment in the “Behind the Science” series by Laurel Haavik that peeks into the lives of scientists. See other posts in the series. By Laurel Haavik, Ph.D. Ken Raffa has had a storied career. His research has made great strides in advancing current understanding of how insect populations can […]

How Does Research Environment Shape Science and Life Outside of Science?

Editor’s note: This is the second installment in the “Behind the Science” series by Laurel Haavik that peeks into the lives of scientists. See other posts in the series. By Laurel Haavik, Ph.D. All scientists try — or should try — their best to adhere to the scientific method. They pose a curious and contemporarily […]