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Yann Gobeil, Contributor
Full name:
Yann Gobeil
City, state, country:
Chibougamau, QC
Biography:

I am a biologist with a lifelong interest for insects and (most) arthropods. I currently work for a not-for-profit organization and am based in the town of Chibougamau (Quebec), deep into the Boreal Forest. My job is to expand our knowledge on the arthropod fauna of the region and work on projects applying this knowledge to develop tools for bioassessment.

I've developped a certain fondness for saproxylic beetles over the course of time and am working a lot with beetles lately. I'm a generalist at heart, though.

While I work professionally with arthropods, and therefore necessarily have acquired a certain amount of expertise, I still do not claim to be an expert at anything and do not wish to be seen as such either. I owe much to the BG communty for helping me hone my skills and validate IDs and try to give back as much as I can; however, please don't take my IDs for cash until someone else chimes in. IDing from pictures is nothing easy.

I speak both French and English fluently and can certainly help anyone who has to get things translated from one of these languages to the other upon request.

I do not collect insects personnally, so I can't help you with your collections I'm afraid. However, given the nature of my work, all specimens caught are kept, therefore, I'm willing to give duplicates for research purposes to researchers in return of identifications to species. Lending specimens is also possible. For any academic question (and please, ONLY academic questions), please contact me at ygobeil (dot) faunenord (at) lino (dot) com. Any other question should be sent to my regular email above.

I feel it is noteworthy to mention that I do adjust the pictures I take using Photoshop, but only to correct minor details. Taking pictures with a standard cam through a dissecting microscope ocular does not exactly give the best results, so I adjust the lighting and usually decrease by 25% the darker tones so that more details appear and so that the colours are as truthful as possible to what the eye can see in the microscope. When needed, I take multiple shots at varying focuses and do some montage with Photoshop to ensure the specimen has as few blurry areas as possible. Pictures are not otherwise tampered with.