MS Graduate Student

The power of statistics and the clean lines of quantitative research appealed to me, but I fell in love with the richness and depth of qualitative research. - Brené Brown

Graduate Student Profile


Ariel Dawdy is a graduate student mentored by Dr. Louise Lynch-O'Brien in the Civic Entomology Lab. She is working on outreach and science literacy with a citizen science program called Tick Tag Go. Her current research is focused on understanding how children perceive ticks and common protective behaviors in order to better prevent the transmission of tick-transmitted diseases. 


  • B.S. in Sociology-Anthropology from Nebraska Wesleyan, Lincoln, NE

Professional Responsibilities and Activities

  • President of Bruner Club (2023-2024)
  • Social Committee for Bruner Club (2022-2024)


UNL Entomology Department
220 Entomology Hall
1700 East Campus Mall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0816