Q7: Something you’re proud of that you made, found, received during your time here at WSU.
A: There are a lot of things I’ve done during my time at WSU that I’m proud of. I’ve grown as a scientist, public speaker, and as a person. But mostly I’m proud of my growth as a leader. During my time as an undergraduate, I didn’t really participate in any clubs or department activities. Here at WSU I’ve become a leader in our Entomology Graduate Student Association and I’m in the process of starting Bug Club, a club for students who are interested in all bugs (insect or not!)
Q8: What is your favorite insect and why?
A: It changes often, but right now my favorite insects are a group called rock crawlers (Grylloblattidae). They are rare insects related to crickets and praying mantids. Rock crawlers are only active in the winter because they die quickly if they’re exposed to temperatures above ~45°F. They can be found in mountainous areas of western North America and eastern Asia. Last winter I led a group of entomologists from WSU and UI on a successful trip to find them in Northern Idaho.