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John van der Linden, Contributor
Full name:
John van der Linden
City, state, country:
Decorah, Iowa, USA

I like to investigate and document insects' life histories and in particular their relationships with plants, other invertebrates, and birds. My focus as a volunteer for BugGuide is to help document interesting behaviors, seldom-seen life stages, and underrepresented taxa. I do this via both field observation and rearing. It feels good to take pictures of an insect and then release it, so I have spent a lot of time developing live insect photography setups, including a couple of "bug scopes" fashioned from scrap wood, PVC, old lenses, etc.

I'll wholeheartedly credit MJ Hatfield and Joel Dunnette for introducing me to BugGuide, by enlisting me to help photograph and rear a micro-moth found at Weaver Dunes that now appears to be an undescribed species. As my mentor and collaborator, MJ has also invited me afield many times, and provided me with the supplies and coaching needed to coax me into retaining and mounting specimens and sharing my findings on Bugguide.

My Bugguide posts are not simply my own. Yes, they are a direct product of my own labor; but more fully and truthfully, they result also from all the contributions of others to my life and my work, through mentorship, inspiration, donated equipment (including, as of September 2018, my main camera and the computer on which I am writing), financial help, moral support, and more. Furthermore, the biophilic work of others presented freely online (and in some cases without copyright restrictions) via personal websites and blogs, the Biodiversity Heritage Library, open access journals, and other platforms has greatly enhanced my ability to do what I do and learn what I learn. It is my perspective and experience that, in restricting the flow of information, paywalls and even copyright terms sometimes compound already deeply entrenched, widespread disregard for our planet's miraculous diversity of life, especially invertebrates.

Considering all of these factors, I declare my Bugguide contributions to be non-copyrighted and offer them as such to you. In return, if you choose to make use of this material on your website, printed materials, etc., I ask that you follow these terms:

(1) Acknowledge me as the primary author/photographer
(2) Notify me
(3) When reasonably doable, share a copy of the work you've done that includes my work in it
(4) Represent and characterize my work honestly and truthfully in any derivative works of your own

Finally, in the unlikely event (hasn't happened yet) of any misrepresentations or mischaracterizations (accidental or otherwise), I ask that you be open to having a respectful, honest, level-headed, and compassionate discussion about it with me so that we may work together to clear up any harm done.

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