Featured Entomology graduate student Margie Lund

Read how Margie Lund found her interest in entomology through a summer job in the Isaacs lab, and her thoughts on the importance of studying entomology.

August 17, 2017 -

Margie Lund

Read how Margie Lund found her interest in entomology through a summer job in the Isaacs lab, and her thoughts on the importance of studying entomology.

Name: Margie Lund

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Previous education: B.S. from Clemson University

Major professor: Zsofia Szendrei

What are you researching? I am researching the effects of cover crop practices and plant nitrogen levels on Pieris rapae preference and predator-prey interactions in organic agroecosystems.

Why study entomology? I love working in agriculture, and love working with such charismatic, little creatures. For being so small, insects can make such a large impact in our food systems, and I think studying ways to alleviate some of that pressure with alternatives to pesticide use is important.

What or who inspired your interest in entomology? My interest in insects started when I took a summer job as an undergraduate working for Rufus Isaacs in the MSU Entomology Department. I was stationed at the Trevor Nichols Research Center, working on lure work and pesticide trials for pests in mostly blueberries, but some grapes and other berry crops as well. After taking some entomology classes during my undergraduate studies, I was hooked.

What is your favorite insect? My favorite insects are lady beetles. I have always been fond of them throughout my childhood, and I think they have such large and goofy personalities.

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