Field Tour Gets First-Hand Look at IPM and Pollinator Health in Mississippi

science policy field tour - cotton test plots

By Rayda Krell, Ph.D., and Melissa Willrich Siebert, Ph.D. “Creating a pollinator protection program is like making gumbo,” said Andy Whittington, environmental programs coordinator at the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation. “You have to start with a good roux, and a good roux has two key ingredients: In this case it was the beekeepers and the […]

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 […]

Why Science Communication Ought to Be Part of the Job for Entomologists

Rayda Krell

For plenty of scientists, a day in the field or in the lab—i.e., getting knee-deep in science—is their favorite part of the job. Interacting with the public, with media, or with lawmakers seems outside their job description. However, in an age of fractured media and faltering trust in public institutions, scientists may need to broaden […]

A Post-Election Washington D.C.: The ESA Science Policy Fellows’ Perspective

By Johanna Elsensohn on behalf of the 2014 and 2015 Science Policy Fellows (Marianne Alleyne, Thomas Anderson, Jamin Dreyer, Kamal Gandhi, Anders Huseth, Rayda Krell, Clare Rittschof, Ariel Rivers, and Helen Spafford) The 2014 and 2015 ESA Science Policy (SP) Fellows visited Washington, D.C., the week after the November election, and one thing was clear: […]

Science Communication and Social Media at ICE 2016

During the 2016 International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, Florida, a symposium called “Weaving Your Web: Science Communication and Social Media for Insect Scientists” was held. Three of the speakers — Aaron Pomerantz (with Mike Bentley), Rayda Krell, Carly M. Tribull — allowed their presentations to be videotaped, which you can see below. Aaron Pomerantz […]