Dr. Betsy Boyd as a child was heavily influenced by her Grandfather's love of nature and science. To pursue knowledge in the biological sciences, she earned BS and MS degrees in Entomology at Washington State University in Pullman, WA, focusing on integrated pest management (IPM) and biological control. Following, she completed a PhD degree in Entomology at the University of California (UC) at Riverside, concentrating on biological control and insect behavior. After doing postdoctoral research sponsored by UC Berkeley, she joined the faculty of the Department of Plant Sciences at California State University at Chico, where she is an Assistant Professor. She teaches courses that focus on economic entomology, weed science, IPM, and laws and regulations pertaining to agriculture. She is also a pest control advisor (PCA) and walnut grower.