Hi Richard

One of the nice things about this website is that it can be built and added to as a community.  It would be awesome to see all this stuff spelled out.  Maybe we even need networks rather than tree genealogies in some cases! 


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Sent: Friday, February 1, 2019 3:53:53 PM
To: Whitfield, James Bryan; [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Academic Tree

George Ball told me that he was initially a student of Howard Evans, who could trace his lineage back to Linnaeus, and then switched to John (Jack) Franclemont as an advisor after Howard left.  Chuck Triplehorn was co-advised by Evans and Franclemont. Via George and Chuck, thereís are least four generations of Franclemont students who are currently advising grad students.


Richard L. Brown

W.L. Giles Distinguished Professor

Director, Mississippi Entomological Museum

Dept. Biochemistry, Molecular Biology,   

      Entomology & Plant Pathology

Box 9775 (100 Old Highway 12)

Mississippi State, MS 39762

PH:  662-325-2990





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Date: Friday, February 1, 2019 at 1:37 PM
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Itís a wonderful concept. I think one of the most developed lineages is that of Charles Michener ( which I happen to belong to if somewhat indirectly, through my Ph. d. advisor).

A weakness is that the current generation has not been entered much yet.

A trip is what one encounters going back through the lineage (in my case to Humboldt!).

I imagine that beyond Michenerís impressive legacy, there are many others (George Ball being a recent one that comes to mind).


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On Feb 1, 2019, at 10:14 AM, Derek Woller <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

What a great idea! I've had something like this concept in my mind for a while, so I'm glad to see someone has implemented it.


Thanks for sharing, Tommy!


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USDA Entomologist, Rangeland Grasshopper and Mormon Cricket Management Team

Phoenix, AZ, U.S.A.

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On Fri, Feb 1, 2019 at 8:17 AM Tommy McElrath <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hello everyone, 

I recently came across what I think is a really cool project, Academic Tree ( - a free, volunteer-run website designed to help you create and track your academic genealogy. I'm not affiliated with the founders, but I've noticed the evolutionary biology subtree is still pretty poorly filled out, especially for entomologists. It's really easy to create an account and add yourself, advisors, grandadvisors, etc ... or claim your own node once you have an account if you've already been added. As something many of us are interested in (and frequently discuss at conferences), I think it would be cool if more entomologists added ourselves and our academic lineages on there. 


FAQs about the project are here:


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If anything, it's a fun lunch-time distraction trying to trace your academic heritage back to Linnaeus. 





Tommy McElrath

Insects Collection Manager

Illinois Natural History Survey
Prairie Research Institute 
1816 South Oak Street, MC 652
Champaign, IL 61820