Erin Ingram

Position: Ph.D. student
Office: 220 Entomology Hall, East Campus, Lincoln, NE 68583
Emailerin.michelle.ingram@gmail.com

Biography

Currently, I am a graduate research assistant in the department of entomology working under the supervision of Dr. Doug Golick. By day, I investigate how and why insects are used in high school biology instruction and gather teacher input to inform development of resources to improve entomology education. I also serve as the Science Literacy Coordinator for the department of entomology as part of my assistantship and am always looking for new and interesting ways to engage the public in all things entomological!

I received a B.S. in elementary education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2004 and an M.S. in entomology in 2013 working in the area of honey bee toxicology. I continue to be interested in beekeeping and beekeeper education. In the past, I have worked with Nebraska Department of Corrections to develop the NU-BEE Initiative, a vocational and educational beekeeping training program for inmates looking to gain job and agricultural skills prior to release.

Research Interests

Insect incorporation in high school biology classrooms
Pollinator education and conservation
Science literacy outcomes
Science education in underserved populations

Publications

Ingram, E.M., Augustin, J., Ellis, M.D., & Siegfried, B.D. (2015). Evaluating sub-lethal effects of orchard-applied pyrethroids using video-tracking software to quantify honey bee behaviors. Chemosphere, 135, 272-277. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.04.022

Ingram, E.M., Ellis, M.D., & Siegfried, B.D. (2013). Using video-tracking software to quantify behavioral effects of sublethal exposure to orchard-applied pyrethroids on the honey bee, Apis mellifera L. (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Thesis chapter.

Ingram, E.M., Ellis, M.D., & Siegfried, B.D. (2013). Evaluating repellent effects of orchard-applied pyrethroids to the honey bee, Apis mellifera L. (Hymenoptera:Apidae), under semi-field conditions. Thesis chapter.

Ingram, E.M., Ellis, M.D., & Siegfried, B.D. (2013). Assessing repellency of orchard-applied pyrethroids to the honey bee, Apis mellifera L. (Hymenoptera:Apidae), under field conditions. Thesis chapter.

Q&A

Favorite pollinator?
I would have to go with a female carder bee. I find it endearing the way she gathers plant fuzzies for nesting material!
What activities do you do in your free time?
Beekeeping, knitting, going to the gym, watching hockey, hanging out with friends, and reading-- sometimes all of those things simultaneously!
How did you become interested in entomology?
As part of my B.S. in elementary education, I took at an introductory entomology course for a science elective. That was the beginning, but it continued beyond formal education when I was a nanny. The kids I cared for were always observing or collecting all types of insects on our walks and it was the perfect portal to dive into the natural world with them. My curiosity grew from there and I have spent the years since then as the hiking partner who spends all her time staring at the ground, picking up insects and ruminating on their behaviors and life history.