Alumni from our lab are engaged in a wide range of career paths. Summer students and temporary technicians have taken a wide array of jobs after graduation including ski patrol, lab manager, medical student, graduate student, veterinary student, conservation coordinator, and world traveler. Former students and postdocs are working across North America, in Europe, and in South America and they include faculty at universities working in positions focused on research, extension, or teaching, or some combination of those options. It’s always exciting to hear from our alumni, so if you are reading this page, please let us know where you are now!
This list below shows a selection of lab alumni and their current jobs, demonstrating the types of career opportunities open to people with training from our lab and the Department of Entomology at MSU. Studying this subject along with your experiences working in a lab, farm, or classroom setting can take you far!
Ashley Bennett. Project Manager, Electric Power Research Institute, Tennessee
Julia Brokaw. Ph.D Student (wild bee nesting), University of Minnesota
Phillip Fanning. Associate Professor of Agricultural Entomology, University of Maine
Knute Gundersen. Contract data scientist, North Carolina
Heather Leach. Extension Associate (invasive species), Penn State University
Nikhil Mallampalli. Entomologist, Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
Keith Mason. Enviroweather Program Coordinator, Department of Geography, MSU
Emily May. Pollinator Conservation Specialist, The Xerces Society, Connecticut
Mario Pinilla. Ph.D Student (bee-virus ecology), North Carolina State University
Logan Rowe. Conservation Associate, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, MSU
Thomas Wood. Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Mons, Belgium