Dr. Louise Lynch-O'Brien

Dr. Louise Lynch-O'Brien
Assistant Professor
Insect Biology

Faculty Profile


  • Graduate Certificate in One Health, University of Florida, 2021
  • Ph.D. in Entomology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2016
  • Graduate Certificate of Mixed Methods Research, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2015
  • M.S. in Entomology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2012
  • B.S. in Biological Sciences, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 2006

Professional Responsibilities and Activities

  • Coordination of the Insect Science undergraduate program
  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses
  • Develop community (citizen) science, informal science and other extension programming to support Nebraska One Health and the Entomology Department’s science literacy mission
  • Provide experiential extension and outreach training for undergraduate students


  1. Perez A, Howell Smith MC, Babchuk WA, Lynch-O’Brien LI. Advancing Quality Standards in Mixed Methods Research: Extending the Legitimation Typology. Journal of Mixed Methods Research. May 2022. doi:10.1177/15586898221093872
  2. Lynch-O’Brien LI, Babchuk WA, Dauer JM, Heng-Moss T, Golick D. Transference of Citizen Science Program Impacts: A Theory Grounded in Public Participation in Scientific Research. Diversity. 2021; 13(8):339. https://doi.org/10.3390/d13080339
  3. Lynch-O’Brien LI. Change Is the Only Constant. Journal of Mixed Methods Research. 2020;14(2):268-269. doi:10.1177/1558689819892737
  4. Lynch L, Dauer J, Babchuk W, Heng-Moss T, Golick D. In Their Own Words: The Significance of Participant Perceptions in Assessing Entomology Citizen Science Learning OUtcomes Using a Mixed Methods Approach. Insects. 2018, 9(1), 1-16. doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/insects9010016
  5. Golick D, Dauer J, Lynch L, Ingram E. A framework for pollination systems thinking and conservation. Environmental Education. 2018, 24 (8), 1143-1158. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2017.1349878


Teaching Summary

  • ENTO 115: Insect Biology (resident section)
  • SCIL 101: Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World
  • ENTO 309/395 Series: Experiential Learning in Entomology Interships (309), Research (395A), Teaching (395B) and Extenstion (395C)
  • ENTO 485: Current Issues in Entomology


109E ENTO Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0816


70% Teaching, 30% Extension

Professional Society Memberships

  • Entomology Society of America (ESA)