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Division of Insects

Fall Interns in the Insect Division

Alan Ching is currently an undergraduate senior majoring in EEB and PiTE, specializing in conservation biology. He loves learning about and identifying the diverse organisms that exist and existed on our planet. In the future, he hopes to use the knowledge he obtains from my experiences to educate kids in a fun and interesting way since he believes education, especially in young children, is a key solution to many of the conservation issues that exist today.


Tom Hayek is a first year Masters student at the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS). He is currently pursuing a Masters of Science on the Conservation Ecology track. He is interested in wildlife ecology, habitat restoration, and human-wildlife conflict.


Siena McKim is a senior at University of Michigan, getting her BFA at the Penny Stamps School of Art and Design and minoring in Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology.  She hopes to use her art as a tool for viewers to experience nature in a heightened way and to appreciate what the earth has to offer, using sculpture, installation, illustration, and social engagement as her mediums. Siena’s favorite insects are bee flies, in the family Bombyliidae.

Independent Researcher

Hannah-Maria selecting aquatic insects for study, UM Museum of Zoology, Insect Division, Wet Collection.

Hannah-Maria Jacques is an independent research scientist who conducts biodiversity surveys of vegetation, aquatic invertebrates and fish at three sites along a 1000 km transect in Ontario, Canada (extending from Point Pelee National Park, Essex County, and Lake Superior Provincial Park, Algoma District, to the Hudson Bay Lowland in the vicinity of the Town of Moosonee), and the Michigan watersheds of the Bear River (Charlevoix and Emmet Counties) and the Jordan River (Charlevoix and Antrim Counties.)

Dr Jacques investigates relative distributions of aquatic insects and watershed vegetation, in particular, the relative distribution of caddisflies (Trichoptera), two-winged flies (Diptera) and modal species of plants across a wide variety of plant communities.

Access to the UM Museum of Zoology collections, especially the Insect, Fish, and Mollusk Division collections, and use of the UM Herbarium holdings, enable specific identification of organisms, a crucial step in elucidating ecologic interrelationships of natural communities. 

Feature Publications

Dichopetala and new Related North American Genera

The genus Dichopetala Brunner von Wattenwyl, 1878 sensu Rehn and Hebard, 1914 is revised, with the description of 6 new genera and 14 new species.
T. J. Cohn (posthumous), D.R. Swanson, and P. Fontana

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