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Observing insect natural history

Have you ever spent time carefully observing the insects that dwell on the surface of a pond? Water striders, water measurers, water treaders, and the like? Last time I visited Powdermill Nature Reserve I laid myself down on the dock … Continue reading

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My 2017 ENT 432 reckoning

Another semester has ended and with it another iteration (my 9th!) of Insect Biodiversity and Evolution (ENT 432). I like to ruminate on the pedagogical hits and misses while they’re fresh in my head, and it’s worth sharing them publicly, … Continue reading

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Reflections on teaching insect biodiversity

Last semester I taught my Insect Biodiversity and Evolution course in a slightly new way, and now that it’s over I have a chance to revisit the experience and read my student evaluations. Overall I have to say that I am quite happy! … Continue reading

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ENT 432 fieldtrip to Powdermill

For the last three years I’ve been taking my ENT 432 class to the Powdermill Nature Reserve, in the wild village of Rector, PA, for a 3–4 day adventure in insect observation, collection, and preservation. This year may have been our … Continue reading

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On the need for more specimens and for SOPs

Our teaching collection rebuild is entering the late stages now: relabeling specimens, targeting a few taxa for fresh specimens, and aggregating taxa by ENT 432 lab (see end of this post). A closer look at some of our specimens has … Continue reading

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