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Piedmont: Program: “Garden Insects: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Unusual”
February 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
“Garden Insects: The Good, the Bad, and the
Ugly Unusual”, presented by Dr. Paula Mitchell, Professor Emerita at Winthrop University.
About Dr. Mitchell: Retired after 25 years of teaching and research in the Winthrop Biology Department, Paula is presently the part-time Collections Manager for the Biology Department Museum and an adjunct professor in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Clemson University. Born and raised in New York, educated at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Texas at Austin, Paula initially intended to study lizard ecology, but found the contents of lizard guts far more interesting than the lizards themselves. Morphing from herpetologist to heteropterist, Paula completed her Ph.D. in Zoology in 1980, followed by a post-doctoral position in the Entomology Department at Louisiana State University.
Paula’s doctoral research focused on the ecology and feeding behavior of leaf-footed bugs and while at LSU, she studied soybean insect feeding and crop damage. From 1984–1993 while raising young children, Paula taught part-time at Tarleton State University and Texas Christian University, and served as co-editor of the Journal of Economic Entomology. Joining the Winthrop faculty in 1993, Paula taught courses in zoology, entomology, animal-plant interactions, and sustainable agriculture; served as the first female president of the South Carolina Entomological Society; and was a Fulbright Research Scholar for one year in India, studying environmentally friendly methods of controlling insects on pigeonpea. Her research in South Carolina focuses on the feeding behavior of the green vegetable bug, a major pest of cotton and soybean. Paula has published three book chapters and twenty-nine research papers, and lives in Rock Hill with her spouse, her cat, and a small lab colony of stink bugs.
Directions: The Nature Center is located at 2573 Lake Haigler Drive, Fort Mill, SC 29715, and is accessible via the Lake Haigler entrance, just off Hwy. 21, across from Coltharp Rd. As you enter the Greenway, the Nature Center is the small, white house just to the left beyond the entrance kiosk. Please note: there is an active construction site to the right, just inside the entrance, so parking has been relocated to a new lot, located on the left, just past the entrance kiosk. Night lighting is limited, so please exercise caution as you walk to the Nature Center. Bring a flash light!