Tad Nakatani  


The wasp I studied this summer (Symmorphus cristatus)

My interest in biology began early on during my up upbringing in the Los Angeles area. As a kid, I never tired of visiting the zoo or playing in the hills by my house. Although for years I’d been playing with ants, spiders, and whatever else I could get my hands on, my interest in bugs blossomed when I took an insect class in the summer before 8th grade. OK, I’ll admit it. I was one of those kids who went to summer school for fun – I guess I’ve just always been a nerd!

For a while I drifted away from science a bit. I invested a lot tough but enjoyable hours swimming competitively in high school and college, and I spent the first half of my collegiate career studying psychology and religion. It wasn’t until my junior year that I rediscovered my love for biology and especially insects. So as you can imagine, I was incredibly excited when I was accepted to the WMRS REU program to do research on wasps. I graduated from U.C. San Diego in June of 2004 with a B.S. in ecology, behavior, and evolution and another B.S. in psychology. After spending an incredible summer at the White Mountain Research Station, I am returning to San Diego and applying to graduate ecology programs for 2005.

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