Q7: Something you’re proud of that you made, found, received during your time here at WSU.
During my graduate degree I was Social Chair for 2 years and recently became the president of the Entomology Graduate Student Association. I’ve also been a part of the debate team for the last 2 years along with Dowen Jocson and Emily Rampone, and we placed 2nd overall again this year which I’m really happy with. I have worked to foster a sense of community during a global pandemic and have led/hosted several outreach events despite social distancing restrictions. I’m most proud of my ability to develop workshops and bring people from all different walks of life together.
Q8: What is your favorite insect and why?
Choosing a favorite species is hard. I love Bombus appositus, the white shouldered bumble bee, because of its fun color forms and gentle disposition. But I also love Bombus huntii, Hunt’s bumble, because I had a colony of them nest in my garden once and because of the bright red stripe on their abdomen. Bombus nevadensis, the Nevada bumble, is cool because of its giant size and loud flight, but Bombus occidentalis, the western bumble, is equally interesting for its small size and cute, white-tipped abdomen. Charismatic, relatively long lived, resilient, and important for ecosystem function, all in all, my favorite group of insects is the bumble bee.