City, state, country:
Dover, NH, USA
BS in Forestry and MS in Entomology from SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, NY.
Entomologist for the US Forest Service - Forest Health Protection in New Hampshire. Most of the work we do is with forest insects, especially wood borers and bark beetles. Part of my job includes managing the Durham Field Office Forest Insect Collection. I specialize in identification of Scolytinae, but have a keen interest in Buprestidae, Cerambycidae, Cleridae, Curculionoidea, Ptinidae and Nitidulidae.
I'm an avid collector of insects, and my personal collection of ~10,000 specimens (and always growing) leans heavy on Coleoptera. I am (slowly) databasing my collection using Specify 6. It is an excellent free software package for biological collections and I highly recommend it.
I utilize the identifier field to tag specimens in my collection. I use MFDC and the order and family. I can then type MFDC into the search and see all my specimens (that I have posted here). I can filter that by adding on an order or a family. I would like to post at least one of every species I have, making Bugguide an easy way to do a full collection search for a particular family, but that’s a long way off.
I am a contributing editor here, but I typically limit my editing to the Scolytinae section.
IDing bark beetles from images is not a precise science, and IDs that are easy and routine with a specimen in hand can often be difficult or impossible from an image. Therefore, I request that "from image" be added to any Det. labels of specimens that I place to species on bugguide. I am happy to receive scolytine specimens to provide firm determinations for “photo vouchers.” Email me for more information.