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. sugdeni (Utah)
O. villosa (Sierra Nevadas at alpine locations, especially Lassen County)
O. fumipennis (Arizona and New Mexico)
O. formosa (Utah)
O. novaboracensis (Niagra area)
O. tanneri (Utah, CO)
O. arctostaphylae (on Manzanita in Southern CA) (I will pay your weight in silver)
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.
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