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!
Congrats to Lindsey for passing her Master's thesis defense!
Check out the Press page for Derek's interview about the Mountain pine beetle in Minnesota.
Amy, Amanda, Andrea, Erica, Marissa, and Theresa participated in the student competition at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society Meeting. Congrats to Amy and Amanda for winning their sections!
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