GradImpact: Protecting Our Food Supply while Reducing Use of Harmful Pesticides

    As a child, Joseph Taylor loved dinosaurs and wanted to be a paleontologist; but during his undergraduate work at Washington and Lee University, Taylor discovered his love for insects and spent three years researching the praying mantis.


    After receiving his B.S. in biology with a minor in Russian language and culture, Taylor chose to continue his work as a doctoral student in entomology at Washington State University. Now he’s researching predator insects and their role in feeding on other insects that can potentially destroy crops. He hopes his research will lead to reduceduse of harmful broad spectrum pesticides in crops and build a healthier food supply for the world.


    Taylor was recently awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and an Achievement Rewards for College Scientists to continue his work on predator insects. Once Taylor finishes his doctoral study, he hopes to work for the USDA on pest management. To learn more about Joseph and his research, visit the Washington State University website.

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