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This morning, I had a new paper published on the beautiful darkling beetles in the genus Eleodes Eschscholtz. In it I described a new species I discovered from doing field work in Nevada during the summer of 2015. When I tell them about my research, that I discover and describe new species of beetles, I am moreo ften than not greeted with surprise and the qustion "I thought we knew all the species on the planet, how do you find new ones?" This blog post is my attempt to explain the process by telling the story of Eleodes inornatus Johnston, 2016.
Are Herbaria Still Relevant in the 21st Century?
By Walter Fertig, Arizona State University herbarium
Originally published in Sego Lily 2016 Vol 39(1):6-8.
The oldest herbaria date to the Middle Ages when European physicians first learned that dried and pressed plants could retain their color and appearance for decades if properly preserved. Initially specimens were bound in books to provide doctors with a handy reference for identifying the sources of herbal medicines. Over time it became more convenient to keep specimens on loose sheets that could... Read More
2015 - present: M.Sc. Student in Biology, School of Life Sciences, ASU
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The Hasbrouck Insect Collection is named in honor of Dr. Frank F. Hasbrouck, an expert on the "burrowing webworm moth" family Acrolophidae (Lepidotera) who was recruited to Arizona State University in 1962. Hasbrouck presided over the collection for nearly 25 years. Under his energetic and meticulous curatorship, the collection grew from approximately 50,000 specimens - which had been accumulated gradually since the 1910s and mainly in service of teaching endeavors - to about 650,000 specimens... Read More
Opportunities for making gifts in kind
The Hasbrouck Insect Collection has established a clear and efficient process for facilitating donations of specimens as "Gifts in Kind". Such gifts are ultimately processed through the ASU Foundation, with an option to utilize the charitable donation to receive tax deductions (see also... Read More
Our specimens are available for study
The Hasbrouck Insect Collection actively seeks to increase the value and use of our specimens through reliable loans to inter-/national researchers in the biological disciplines. Scientists who wish to request a loan should contact the collection manager, Dr. Sangmi Lee. We have a generous three-year loan... Read More