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NMSU Linnaean team places well at national competition

The New Mexico State University Linnaean team placed third at the National Linnaean Games Competition held in San Diego, Calif., in December.

The contest is held during the national Entomological Society of America (ESA) meeting and is named in honor of taxonomist Carl Linnaeus. Each team must answer 16 questions related to entomology, including questions about taxonomy, ecology and biological control.

NMSU's team consisted of Jorge Achata, Howard Beuhler, Eric Knutson and Joyce Parker.

Achata, Knutson and Parker are master's students in agricultural biology. Beuhler is a doctoral student in animal and range sciences.

"Our team consists of master's students and one doctoral student. We did very well against teams that were composed predominantly of doctoral and postdoctoral students," said Scott Bundy, associate professor and Linnaean team coach.

The team practiced one to two times a week to prepare for competition. They also placed second at the Southwestern Branch Linnaean Games, held during the regional meeting of the ESA, which qualified the team for a trip to the national contest.