When I started my undergraduate degree in Crop and Soil Sciences at MSU, I was terrified of insects! But learning more about their roles in the agricultural world led to my appreciation and eventual interest in pursuing entomology as a graduate student. During those years I was able to gain experience in the potato cropping system and IPM and am excited to continue my education by studying neonicotinoid alternatives in potato pest management, and resistance development in Colorado potato beetle populations. I’m very excited to be an M.S. student and grow as a researcher, as well as build connections with growers in Michigan and learn more about insecticide development, pest complexes, and insect biology.
Email: rantzrac ‘at’ msu.edu