Q3: How did you become interested in entomology?
My first interaction with insects that I can remember was watching (and destroying) ant mounds on my backyard brick path. Give me some slack, I was probably five or six years old. But I remember being amazed at how quickly those ants (probably pavement ants) could reconstruct the mounds. Maybe that’s when I first became interested.
But I didn’t truly begin my education in entomology until three or four years out of my undergrad biology degree. I was working as a nature instructor at my local nature center where they have an observation honey bee hive. I loved watching all the busy workers and pointing out the queen bee to families. After a few months of working at the center and helping the local beekeeper take care of the colony, I decided to begin my graduate school journey. I moved to Newfoundland, Canada and obtained my Master’s in Environmental Science where I researched the isolated honey bee colonies of the Island.
Q4: Why would you recommend entomology as a career?
Insects are one of the foundational organisms of an environment. Not only do they pollinate many of the food we enjoy but they are important bioindicators of ecosystem health, can improve soil and water quality, and are an important source of energy for many other organisms. A career in entomology can support so many aspects of our society from agriculture to human health.