Category Archives: research

Gall wasp project funded!

Some big, exciting news hit the Frost Museum today: Our proposal to study the evolution of gall wasps (Cynipidae) was officially funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation! The primary objective is to generate a large-scale phylogeny of Cynipidae, using … Continue reading

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2019 sort session #15

Yesterday’s sort session was much more in line with what I think of as a “traditional” sort session – separating a Malaise trap sample into subsets of arthropods, across all orders. This particular trap was set up in my back … Continue reading

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Warts! Huh. What are they good for?

My cloud storage is littered with the bones of a thousand unfinished projects. Occasionally some bones get articulated into the skeletons of a papers, which I aim to make available as preprints. Sometimes I finish these manuscripts and submit for peer … Continue reading

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Frog food

Insect diversity and overall numbers are declining … dramatically. See recent reports from Haiti, Puerto Rico, Canada, California, Germany, and elsewhere. What about in Pennsylvania? One of my resolutions for 2019 is to pursue research opportunities that shed light on that question, and one … Continue reading

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2019 sort session #3

Weather interrupted our sort session this week, and I had to duck out early for a meeting (despite saying I wouldn’t schedule anything for Wednesdays!). I did spend an hour and a half sorting ensign wasps from the eastern U.S.A. … Continue reading

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