Training

Field Collecting

If you or a student (or a classroom of students) want to learn from an old-school natural historian and taxonomist about how he views the plant-insect world, send me a note.  Obviously I focus on aphids (and

Collecting in the Oetztal Alps (Austria) on a rainy day.

Collecting in the Oetztal Alps (Austria) on a rainy day.

psyllids) and the plants they are likely to feed on.  But with an ecological bent in my thinking, I like to get out and get a sense of a place, the plants, other animals, and along the way collect some samples.  I enjoy teaching people in the field about plants, insects, and collecting.

Slide Mounting

I’ve been making slide preparations of aphids, whiteflies, psyllids, and other small arthropods for 27 years.  That’s a total of, I don’t know, at least 10,000 slides.  It takes a lot of practice to get good at slide making, but with good training a person can learn it in just a few weeks (assuming you have steady hands!).

Aphthargelia rumbleboredomia oviparous female ex Symphoricarpos, cleared and mounted in Canada balsam.

Aphthargelia rumbleboredomia oviparous female ex Symphoricarpos, cleared and mounted in Canada balsam.