Hannah Blackburn is our on-staff entomologist who began her freshman year at Texas A&M University in 2007. In her first few years as a student, she managed property in her hometown of Blanco, TX and she was responsible for regular pesticide treatments of a small orchard. In her third year, she was introduced to the Entomology Program and then soon after declared her major in Entomology.
She joined the Undergraduate Entomology Student Organization (UESO) in the fall of 2009 and was named “Member of the Year” in the spring of 2009 at a Departmental Award Ceremony. She was then elected as the USEO Secretary and Webmaster the spring of 2009, as well. In addition to her membership in the USEO she joined the Entomological Society of America (ESA) in 2009.
She was also a student worker with the Texas A&M Entomology Collection and she helped to maintain the collection by labeling specimens, making points for mounting small specimens, and performing data capture of specimens onto the online database.
She spent three weeks during the summer of 2011 in the West Indies of Dominica, where she worked on a research project involving Riffle Beetles and also on a project on the beetle diversity on the island. Both of these projects were under the supervision of Doctor Mike Ivie and Doctor Jim Woolley.
Hannah graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Entomology and soon after came to work with us!