Q: How did you become interested in entomology?
A: Growing up on a plant nursery, I have always been interested in insects. I was particularly interested in the plant-insect interactions and ways to better manage insect pests, but I did not realize I could have a career in entomology. In high school, I was determined to pursue this interest and decided to go to University of Delaware to study entomology. There I had the opportunity to work at the USDA lab working with brown marmorated stink bug and spotted lantern fly, as well as parasitic wasps being used as biocontrol for BMSB. This experience has sparked my interest in research and solidified my career path within entomology.
Q: Why would you recommend entomology as a career?
A: I would recommend entomology as a career because there are so many different opportunities and aspects that comprise it. There are still so many things that we do not know about insects, and there are so many things that we can discover and apply knowledge to.