I recently found myself in a position responsible for a great deal of specimen prep for display. I realized that there wasn't a great communication channel to ask for help or share tips specific to preparing specimens just for display (keeping Odonates in tact, stuffing shriveled spider abdomens, various lep antennae techniques, etc).   If there is one I haven't discovered, please let me know.

However, if there's not, I'm requesting that anyone interested in being part of one message me to discuss.  I'm wondering if a facebook page, an instagram account or some other method would be a good way to communally share and archive methods. I don't think an email list would be ideal since it would be image heavy.  I know there are a lot of good ideas out there and I think it would be great if we could share them.


Christy Bills
Invertebrate Collections Manager
Natural History Museum of Utah
301 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108

pronouns: she/her

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From: Entomological Collections Network Listserve [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Whitfield, James Bryan [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2019 12:37 PM
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Subject: Re: Academic Tree

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!

Derek A. Woller, Ph.D.

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 (https://academictree.org/evolution/) - 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