Elisabeth “Ellie” Darling is a PhD student in the Applied Nematology laboratory, within the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University. She works with plant-parasitic nematodes of carrot, wheat, and hop. Plant-parasitic nematodes are tiny organisms that live in the soil and consume plant cells. Ellie hopes that her involvement in scientific communication and outreach will expand the public’s knowledge of the many important aspects of nematology research. She is an administrator for a worldwide slack network called Active Plant Nematologists, which seeks to connect nematology graduate students worldwide and advocate for multinational collaboration in the field. She enjoys writing and creating nematode-themed art, and can usually be found working on her small sticker business that is centered around nematodes and insects. In her free time, Ellie enjoys going on adventures with her two beagles, painting, road-tripping around the country and beyond.