|Position: Ph.D. Candidate
Office: 220 Entomology Hall, East Campus, Lincoln, NE 68583
If I had to identify with a title, it would be "amateur naturalist" since the natural world is far too beautiful, far too complex and far too vast for one to ever be more than an amateur. I grew up in the forests and fields of the Hudson Highlands in New York State. Always a student of the sciences, I pursued and received a B.S. in biological sciences with a concentration in chemistry from Fairleigh Dickinson University (2006) in Teaneck, New Jersey. During my time there, I was lucky enough to be selected for the UREKA program in Dublin, Ireland where I studied mayflies as potential climate change bioindicators at University College Dublin. It was during this Éire summer that I set my sights on entomology. For a few years, I worked as the Superintendent and mosquito biologist of Essex County's Department of Mosquito Control in New Jersey. My relationship with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Entomology started in 2009 through their fantastic Distance Master's program. During this time, I focused on pollinators and exhibit design. My capstone project was the curation and installation of a children's exhibit about bees at my "childhood alma mater", the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. After graduating with an M.S. in Entomology (2012), my husband and I transplanted from New York to Nebraska so that I could take the next step! I am often asked "Why would a New Yorker come to Nebraska?!" Nebraska is different from New York, of course. However, I quickly and easily came to love the company of wind, the resonance of prairie grass, the kaleidoscope of skies and the kindness of Midwesterners!
Currently, I work with Dr. Doug Golick as a graduate research assistant within the university's Department of Entomology. I coordinate (or collaborate with) many of the Department's entomology citizen science programs, including Bumble Boosters and Milkweed Watch. I study the educational and behavioral impacts of entomology citizen science programs on participants. It is a wonderful program!
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Impacts of entomology citizen science programs on participants
Bumble bee domicile design
Pollinator education and conservation
Science literacy outcomes
Bauer, Erin, Louise Lynch, Doug Golick and Tom Weissling. 2014. Creating a Solitary Bee Hotel. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.
Lynch, Louise I., Tom J. Weissling and Doug A. Golick. 2013. Conserving Bumble Bees by Artificial Domicile Deployment and Bee-Wise Habiata Management. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.
Lynch, Louise I. and Doug A. Golick. 2013. Promoting Plains Plants and Pollinators. GreatPlants Gardener.
Lynch, Louise I. 2013. BeeCause: World of Bees Exhibit. Kelley Bee News: Modern Beekeeping. June 2013(36):16-18.
Lynch, Louise I. 2011. The World of Bees. Anthophila: An online repository of bee diversity. <apoidea.lifedesks.org>
Dougherty, James, A., Louise I. Lynch and Len Mahamoud. 2007. Acrylol Morpholine for UV Curing. RadTech Report 21(3):22-29.
Oooooh. "Favorite" is hard - how about "top 3"? Bumble bees definitely make this list for their beauty and hardiness. House flies for sure, as their pollination activities are seldom acknowledged. And lastly, geckos. Because they're geckos.
What activities do you do in your free time?
When time is free, I like to dabble in music composition, carpentry, photography, traveling, trying new foods. But most of all, I love spending time with my husband and our menagerie of 1 lovely pup, 1 mini rex, 3 box turtles, 2 red-eared sliders, 1 African-clawed frog, 1 beta fish, 1 pink-toed tarantula and assorted invertebrate adoptees.
How did you become interested in entomology?
As a child, I was most interested in growing up to be a frog. I suppose it was only natural to find their food source just as fascinating.