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Division of Insects


In response to the ongoing events associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, suspension of non-essential UMMZ operations has been extended.  This includes access to the collections via scientific visits or outgoing loans.  Please also do not ship any specimens (gifts, exchange, loan returns, etc.) to the museum at this time.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Interns in the Insect division

Neha Bhomia is currently a graduate student at the School of Information, specializing in Data Management, Mining and Analytics. She has a keen sense of curiosity about the world around her and the beings in it. She hopes to integrate technology and information to make this world a better place for the future generations.


Dominique Brown = Tucker Lab Doris Duke Conservation Scholar


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.


Michael Andrew Joseph - Tucker Lab technician


Peregrine Ke-Lind = Museum technician


Beth Weiler is a first year Master's student in Conservation Ecology at U of M SEAS. She is zoology and conservation-obsessed but especially loves entomology. She plans to study plant-pollinator interactions in the tropics - some of the most vulnerable areas of the planet. When she isn't out studying critters, Beth loves to photograph nature, read, and care for her gecko, python, bearded dragons, and captive insects.


Chloe Weise is an undergraduate majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She is particularly interested in bees, but has learned to appreciate a broader spectrum of insects through her work for the Insect Division. She hopes that all her work now and in the future will contribute to the goal of increasing the value placed on Earth's resources, and the passion with which we conserve them. 

Former Insect division technicians


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.  Below view a video of Siena's experiences.

Ellen James

Elizabeth Postema

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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