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Entomology Alumni: Where have they gone, What are they doing?

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1988
Casey Hoy, PhD
Kellogg Endowed Chair in Agricultural Ecosystems Management
Professor of Entomology
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences 

Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center

"Cornell faculty have a predisposition toward working across disciplines, and it’s especially strong in Entomology.  I appreciated it in those around me when I was a student, but appreciate it even more upon reflection and share it within our Department and throughout my work in leading the very interdisciplinary Agroecosystems Management Program."

1990
Sanford Eigenbrode, Ph.D.
Director and University Distinguished Professor 
Professor of Entomology
University of Idaho

Sanford D. Eigenbrode received degrees in Natural Resources (M.S., 1986) and Entomology (Ph.D., 1990) from Cornell University. He joined the faculty at the University of Idaho in 1995 and has served as the chair of the Division of Entomology there since 2004. He conducts research on the chemical ecology of insect-plant and multi-trophic interactions, including the chemical ecology of insect-vectored plant viruses. His research interests have expanded to include interdisciplinary efforts to enhance the sustainability of agricultural systems. He is project director for a $20M NIFA Coordinated Agricultural Project on Regional Approaches to Climate Change in Pacific Northwest Agriculture. He has been a co-PI on two NSF-IGERT projects studying resilience of ecological and social systems in changing landscapes, which includes extensive collaboration with the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center in Costa Rica. Sanford is also engaged in research with philosophers and sociologists focused on improving the process of collaborative science. In 2013, he was named University Distinguished Professor at the University of Idaho. 

1990
Thomas Dykstra, Ph.D. 
Laboratory Director of independent research lab
Dykstra Laboratories, Inc

I am the Laboratory Director of an independent research laboratory investigating insect olfaction from the viewpoint of bioelectromagnetics.  We are involved in the development of a new insect trap (innTrap) as well as increasing our understanding of how insects smell and how better to catch them.  In addition, I speak regularly to farmers and agriculture consultants helping them to understand that insects are only attracted to unhealthy plants and how they may increase plant vigor as a way of repelling insect pests.

I was able to take 15 entomology courses at Cornell and I could not imagine receiving such a broad background as an undergraduate anywhere else.  This allowed me to teach immediately in graduate school, first as a teaching assistant and finally as an instructor.  My education opened up many new avenues of research in agriculture and bioelectromagnetics and how to relate them to entomology.  I am happy discussing all things entomological and am grateful to Cornell for helping to foster my interest in six-legged creatures.

2003
Chung-Ping Lin, Ph.D.
Insect Systematist and Evolutionary Biologist in the Department of Life Science
National Taiwan Normal University

"The research interests of our laboratory at National Taiwan Normal University include molecular phylogenetics, character evolution, island diversification and speciation of insects (lab webpage:http://web.ntnu.edu.tw/~treehopper)."

"I was a graduate student from Bryan Danforth's lab in Ithaca campus during 1998-2002. Cornell Entomology is a wonderful place, where many creative and intriguing ideas are discussed and circulated by enthusiastic graduate students and the faculty. My research interest in insect biology grows in these years, through interacting with its people and with the help of the well-equipped facilities and libraries. The broad research and teaching training in insect systematics, as one of the strength of Cornell Entomology, help me build a solid foundation for a research career first in Tunghai University, and later in National Taiwan Normal University."

2004
Nico M. Franz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Curator of InsectsSchool of Life Sciences
Arizona State University

"I was a graduate student in the Department from 1999-2004; with Quentin Wheeler, Brian Danforth, Paul Feeny, and James Liebherr as advisors in various key roles. I studied insect systematics and Cornell was an incredibly formative environment for me. Among other things, my Entomology training allowed me to explore conceptual and computational issues in systematics which opened a pathway to a postdoc in that interdisciplinary area; and ultimately to my current tenured employment (since 2011) at Arizona State University. I think back very fondly of my years in the Department of Entomology."

2008
Ronda Hamm, Ph.D.

Dow AgroSciences
​Senior Biologist​

"The Cornell Department of Entomology prepared me for my current role by giving me the confidence in research methodologies and development, in addition to the critical thinking and evaluation skills necessary for my role.​  My career path has varied in the types of roles that I have accepted.  I enjoy the diversity and continuous learning that has occurred throughout my years in Dow AgroSciences."  ​
 

2010
George Lin, Ph.D.
Dow AgroSciences in Taiwan
Field Station Research Scientist

“I'll always remember my first day in the hallway of the 2nd floor of Comstock Hall and people’s faces expressing their deep blessing and respect to me when they knew a young boy from a different country was a graduate student in Jeff Scott's lab.  Maybe life was never easy at the beginning, but the training of never being easy, I found, has become a turning point and easy way leading me to everywhere of life is not that hard.  I thank my Ph.D. major advisor and mentor, Jeff Scott, for such wonderful training and support.  I also appreciate a very special year of postdoctoral training at Angela Douglas' lab at Cornell Entomology.  I am currently working at Dow AgroSciences in Taiwan as a field station scientist in my home country.  As a field scientist, I very much enjoy the sunlight and sweat in tropical places and doing my best everyday to get the best work done.”  

2012
Frank Rinkevich, Ph.D.

Louisiana State University, Lab of Kristen Healy
Postdoctoral Associate

"I'm currently a postdoc at Louisiana State University in Kristen Healy's lab looking at the way mosquito treatments effect honey survival as well as evaluating the insecticide sensitivity of different stocks of honey bees."

"Working for Jeff Scott was one of the most influential experiences in my life. Jeff taught me how to think and act like a scientist and make the most out of any presentation whether in a classroom or conference hall. The shared resources and collaborative environment in Comstock, and Cornell at large, were outstanding examples of how science is done and intellectually satiating."

2013
Emily Bick
Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements
Research and Development Project Manager

"The Cornell Entomology Department was a rigorous curriculum that I am thankful for every day as I work as a Board Certified Entomologist. It opened up a world of possibility while  inciting my passion for people-insect interactions and applied research.  I am a Research and Development Project Manager at Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements and a Board Certified Entomologist. Within Rainbow Scientific, I am the project leader on more than ten research projects, spanning from Kansas City  to Honolulu, with topics ranging from Emerald Ash Borer strategy to developing a novel methodology for dosing trees based on surface area."

2013
Rakim Turnipseed, Ph.D.
Ecolab
Principal Entomologist within Research, Development, and Engineering Pest Elimination Division

I am currently a Principal Entomologist at Ecolab within the Research, Development, and Engineering Pest Elimination Division.I am responsible for enhancing our innovation pipeline as it relates to new technologies and services that we can leverage to achieve pest elimination for our customers in North America, Latin America, Greater China, Asia Pacific, and Middle East Africa. I also serve as a global thought leader and subject matter expert for our division. My wife and three kids reside in the Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area.

My experience in John Losey's Lab taught me how to perform scientific writing and analyze data, which I regularly do in my current role. John also helped me get to UC Berkeley where I received my PhD, which ultimately landed me my current corporate position. Additionally, my experience in Linda Rayor's Natural Outreach Program taught me how to communicate technical information to others with less background knowledge, which I regularly do when interfacing with teams in Marketing, Commercial Solutions, and field Operations.