We are a group of scientists and students all very interested in how insects survive winter, especially the extreme winters we have here in Minnesota where we’re based. Much of our individual research focuses on invasive species, however, as a group we dig into the scientific literature to learn about everything from the history of cold hardiness studies, different strategies insects use to overwinter, physiology, and applications of the data. Our educational backgrounds vary (biology, ecology, wildlife and conservation biology, entomology, environmental sciences, statistics and more!), which brings in different perspectives to cold hardiness questions.
In The News!
New Publication: Incorporating climate change into pest risk models for forest pathogens: a role for cold stress in an era of global warming? In: Kriticos DJ, Venette RC (Eds) Advancing risk assessment models to address climate change, economics and uncertainty. NeoBiota 18: 131–150. doi: 10.3897/neobiota.18.4047
New Publication: Morey AC, Venette RC, Hutchison WD (2013) Could natural selection change the geographic range limits of light brown apple moth (Lepidoptera, Tortricidae) in North America? In: Kriticos DJ, Venette RC (Eds) Advancing risk assessment models to address climate change, economics and uncertainty. NeoBiota 18: 151–156. doi: 10.3897/neobiota.18.5288
Congratulations to Amy Morey for taking the first place President's Prize in her section at the national Entomological Society of America meeting in Austin, TX!
A number of us presented posters and talks at the 2013 North Central Forest Pest Workshop in Frontenac, MN. Congratulations to Derek Rosenberger for taking 2nd place in the student talk competition!
New Publication: Hanson, A. A., S. Moraes, W. D. Hutchison. 2013. Supercooling point of western bean cutworm (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) collected in eastern Nebraska. Great Lakes Entomologist 46 (3-4): 216-224.
Our first outreach publication is online! Check out "Tough Buggers: Insect strategies to survive winter in Minnesota" on our Outreach page.