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Undergraduate Students

  • Soon FlynnSoonFlynn
    • Soon Flynn started in our lab in the Fall of 2012. He is an avid collector with superb insect preparation skills. Soon has contributed to the curation of moths and weevils, and participated in a three-week collecting trip to Panama in the summer of 2013. His SCAN images of weevils are available here.
  • Jennifer Guzzardi
    • JenniferGuzzardiJennifer Guzzardi started in the Summer of 2013. She initially entered Orthoptera grasshopper specimens records into SCAN; however she has since shifted to produce a taxon/character/state matrix and images with diagnostic features for an interactive key to the insect orders in SCAN. This key will be the first of its kind for SCAN and is intended to serve as a future template for others.
  • Evan Hook
    • EvanHookEvan Hook is a new student who joined the lab in the Fall of 2013. He began his work by processing Old Word weevil specimens donated to the collection by Charles W. O’Brien. His future projects in the lab will focus on using SCAN to identify “key species” that characterize insect communities throughout Arizona, using Daryl Lafferty’s “Proximity” program.
  • Catherine Mercado
    • CatherineMercadoCatherine Mercado joined our group in the Summer of 2012. Working with our collection manager and moth specialist Sangmi Lee, she has concentrated on databasing Lepidoptera holdings in SCAN, ranging from butterflies to various families of macro- and micromoths.
  • Lin Pan
    • LinPanLin Pan joined the lab during the Fall of 2013 and continues to work on curating and analyzing the morphology of Cuban entimine weevils, especially members of the genus Exophthalmus in the narrow sense (E. quadrivittatus and close relatives). He is working on imaging and identifying these species for an on-line kwy.
  • Naomi Pier
    • NaomiPierNaomi Pier is a continuous member of the lab since the Fall of 2012. She has focused on digitizing various groups of ground-dwelling arthropods for SCAN, ranging from cockroaches to several hemipteran families. Naomi has also regularly contributed to outreach events on campus and with school and museum groups.
  • Juyan Pourturk
    • JuyanPourturkJuyan Pourturk is working on the eustyline-geonemine weevil systematics and evolution project. He is using the gut samples of Mesoamerican and West Indian entimine weevils to extract and amplify host plant DNA and thereby assess host plant use and specificity of these herbivorous beetles across taxonomic and geographic scales.
  • Michael Shillingburg
    • MichaelShillingburgMichael Shillingburg also started in our lab during the Fall of 2012. He initially databased SCAN records of scarab beetle specimens, taking over from Micah Bodine, but then shifted towards specimen imaging using the Visionary Digital Passport II system. As of September, 2013, Michael has produced nearly 450 excellent habitus images for SCAN, viewable here. Michael spent much of the Summer of 2013 conducting entomological surveys for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. He is now focusing again on SCAN imaging, in particular for the Weevils of North America project.
  • Sarah Shirota
    • SarahShirotaSarah Shirota has contributed to our insect collection research program since the Fall of 2012. Sarah has been instrumental in databasing our weevil specimen holdings, focusing first on North American taxa and now increasingly on Mexican and Central American specimens. She has databased most of the WoNA records, many originating from a synoptic set acquired from the Charles W. O’Brien Collection (Green Valley, AZ).
  • William Sides
    • WilliamSidesWilliam Sides also joined the lab in the Fall of 2013, and he is working closely with Guanyang Zhang on the morphological and taxonomic components of the “West Indian Eustylini” project. His work has concentrated mainly on documenting the diversity and morphology of Cuban entimine weevils sampled during two field trips in 2012 and 2013 to southeastern and central Cuba, respectively.  His SCAN images are viable here.
  • Chelsey Tellez
    • ChelseyTellezChelsey Tellez joined the lab late in the Summer of 2013. She has concentrated on producing new high-resolution images for SCAN, and specifically for WoNA. Her portfolio of North American weevil images is viewable here.
  • Andrea Walton
    • AndreaWaltonAndrea Walton joined the lab in the Fall of 2013. She presently fulfills two different roles: (1) digitization of our ground beetle (Carabidae) and extensive tiger beetle (Cicindelinae) holdings – the latter thanks largely to specimens donated by ASU entomologist David Pearson – and (2) processing (including spreading) of newly acquired specimens of moths, in collaboration with Sangmi Lee.