Young Alum of the Month: Nathan Brockman

Name: 
Nathan Brockman
Title and Company: 
Butterfly Wing Curator at Reiman Gardens
Hometown: 
Fort Madison, Iowa
Major and Graduation Date: 
Entomology, December 2000
Major Job/Position Responsibilities: 

As the Butterfly Wing Curator at Reiman Gardens I am responsible for the continuous operation within the Butterfly Lab and Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing as well as the care of the thousands of butterflies flown each year in the Butterfly Wing. I also have the opportunity to create an assortment of educational content and give a wide variety of talks to the public on butterflies, insects and invertebrates in general.

What you like most about your job/position: 

As the Butterfly Wing Curator I really enjoy the opportunity it provides me to educate and excite the public about the amazing world of insects and invertebrates.

What advice would you give to current students: 

I would encourage any student interested in an Agricultural career to do as many internships in the field of work as they possibly can. Not only will it give you the opportunity to learn if that particular job is for you but it may lead to a full-time position at the company after graduation. I would also like to recommend students look into some of the programs offered by some of the smaller departments such as Entomology. Even though Entomology is a specialized field, the work done by an Entomologist is important to many fields not just Entomology and Agriculture and may lead to more job opportunities.