I am an entomologist currently working to revise the cicada genus Okanagana. My colleague and I are trying to collect specimens to use both for DNA extraction and as reference material. If there are any of you with Okanagana specimens and would be willing to donate them to our research it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me via email. We are in particular need of Great Basin material in general, and Utah in particular as it is one of the most difficult places for us to get to.
Some of the taxa we are looking for:
O. napa (northern California)
O. lurida (Southwestern Canada east into Idaho)
O. schaefferi (Utah)
O. tanneri (sparely distributed in Utah and western Colorado)
O. sugdeni (Utah, but not a very reasonable species to expect)
O. aurora (eastern California along the Sierras)
O. villosa (Sierra Nevadas at alpine locations)
O. arboraria (central California into the bay area, in forested areas)
O. sperata (anything that looks like O. magnifica in northeast California)
O. gibbera (most likely to be found in Nevada and Utah)
O. fumipennis (Arizona and New Mexico)
O. formosa (Utah)
We will send the necessary shipping material with return postage to make things as easy as possible.
Thank you all in advance,
Additional research areas include pattern analysis in biological systems, cicada bioacoustics, and ornithology. My education is in biology and Geographic Information Systems, and I apply both of them in my research. I'm always interested in collaborating, especially to help make maps for other scientists.
When not doing research I am an avid birder and spend my remaining time out and about.