Blogs and websites I read

These are just a small selection of the blogs and websites I (try to) read regularly.


Arizona: Beetles Bugs Birds and More

Margarethe Brummermann: I am a biologist, watercolor painter, and photographer originally from Dortmund, Germany. In 1995 I founded my business, Brummermann's Art and Sciences. Through this venue I am selling my original watercolors and insect collages, offer services like high quality art printing (giclee) art classes, presentations, web site design, design and graphics for scientific publications, licenses to my photographs. I also fill specialty requests for insect specimens needed for research. I offer guided tours to exciting natural areas in Arizona. For the University of Arizona I am managing the digital image collection of Arthropods (on flickr: d_UAIC). I am also working on and dreaming of a photographic field guide to Arizona beetles. For this purpose I have collected, identified and photographed (life) over 1100 coleoptera species. I am still searching for additional under-writers to help financing this project.

Beetles in the Bush

Ted C. MacRae is an agricultural research entomologist with "an inordinate fondness for beetles." Primary expertise includes taxonomy and host associations of wood-boring beetles, with more recent interest also in tiger beetle survey and conservation. I am currently serving as Managing Editor of the The Pan-Pacific Entomologist, Layout Editor for the journal Cicindela and Newsletter Editor for the Webster Groves Nature Study Society. 

Bug Eric

Eric R. Eaton is principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007), and contributor to several other books including the Butterfly Gardener's Guide (Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 2003) and Wild in the City: a guide to Portland's natural areas (Oregon Historical Society Press, 2000). He has also written articles about insects and other animals for Birds and Blooms, Ranger Rick, Missouri Conservationist, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society), and other magazines.

Ecological Rants

Charley Krebs and Judy Myers: In keeping with our overall objective of communicating about the state of ecological science without publishing opinion papers that clutter up the journals, we have decided to set up this blog. The focus of our posts will be to address specific issues in ecology that affect ecologists, scientists in general, the public, politicians, and the planet. We do not feel infallible and we welcome dissenting opinions and clarifications to our comments.

Charles Krebs is a vertebrate ecologist who has studied small mammals for 50 years and has written several textbooks on ecology, the ecological world view, and rodent population dynamics. He is retired from teaching but not from science, and spends part of the year in Vancouver at the Biodiversity Institute of the University of British Columbia, part of the year in Canberra at the University of Canberra Institute for Applied Ecology, and part of the year doing field research in the Yukon.

Judy Myers is an insect ecologist who has worked extensively on biological control of insect pests and weeds, and the population dynamics of the western tent catepillar. She has investigated with her colleagues virus diseases of forest insect pests and their impacts on population dynamics. She is retired from teaching but continues to work actively in the Biodiversity Centre at the University of British Columbia.

Entomology Today

Entomology Today is a project of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). The purpose of this website is to report interesting discoveries in the world of insect science, news and events from entomological societies, and to feature periodic articles by invited authors.

ESA has been connecting entomologists and others with a fascination for insects for the past 125 years. ESA members total more than 6,500 individuals from around the world who study insects, their importance, and their impact on the world’s population. And ESA certification’s program has provided credentials for those who help control insect pests in urban environments.

Whether you are a hobbyist, student, pest management professional, researcher, involved in education or industry–or just plain love insects, you should find our blog full of interesting and captivating information. Do you know how many insects there are in the world?

Or know the difference between an insect and a bug? Or where the latest species are being discovered?

Stay connected with our blog and you’ll learn these answers and a whole lot more!  And visit for details on becoming more connected to the world of entomology.

Insect Ecology Lab

Our research focuses on a range of interlinked topics of significance to biological and geographical diversity relating to insects.
Specifically we are answering questions relating to the impacts climate change will have on insect ecology, behaviour and physiology, insect community structure along environmental gradients, and insect-plant interactions.
We work in both natural and agricultural systems. We focus on identifying if behavioural, ecological and physiological traits of insect species are predictable and repeatable, and whether these traits can then be scaled up to predict changes within and between ecological communities: this is fundamental to understanding biotic adaptations to a rapidly changing climate.
We are developing novel methods for predicting the effects of climate change on community structure and function using a holistic approach that combines: advances in statistical methods; the study of functional morphology to understand community structure, function and resilience; large-scale surveys; and experimentation.
We are also using a multi-dimensional framework for measuring insect responses to extreme events at different temporal and spatial scales, incorporating an assessment along a climatic gradient and among seasons: this includes doing direct assessments of the impact of a changing climate using field, glasshouse and laboratory experiments, assessing insect growth, reproductive and physiology traits. We are also developing better ways to understand how pest species and their natural enemies will respond to climate change, and what we need to do to better manage them into the future.


Alex Wild: I am a photographer and research scientist specializing in insects, especially ants, but also beetles, bees, wasps, and various other arthropods. My scientific background is in systematics, a broad field that includes the discovery, description, and classification of life and the inference of evolutionary relationships. I am currently Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas at Austin, where I manage a research collection of around 2 million preserved insect specimens.

The word Myrmecos derives from ancient Greek for “ant” and reflects my fascination with the earth’s most abundant social organisms. Myrmecos blog, online since 2007, is an exploration of these and other small animals

Parasite of the Day

Tommy Leung and Susan Perkins: The United Nations declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity. In celebration of the enormous diversity of parasites and to highlight their importance, we created this blog, which showcased a species of parasite every day. Now that 2010 is over, we will continue to add more parasites from time to time, and write about any newly published research on parasite species that we have posted about yet.

Small Pond Science

This site is about how scientists research, teach and mentor in all kinds of academic institutions, including teaching-centered universities.

It’s often said that research and teaching are compatible. It’s funny how often people repeat that notion, as if they’re trying to convince themselves of something. We honestly don’t know how compatible they are, but we prioritize both of them.

Terry McGlynn is the proprietor, and Amy Parachnowitsch and Catherine Scott are Contributing Editors.

Wildlife Research

Wildlife Research represents an international forum for the publication of research and debate on the ecology, management and conservation of wild animals in natural and modified habitats. The journal combines basic research in wildlife ecology with advances in science-based management practice. Subject areas include: applied ecology; conservation biology; ecosystem management; management of over-abundant, pest and invasive species; global change and wildlife management; diseases and their impacts on wildlife populations; human dimensions of management and conservation; assessing management outcomes; and the implications of wildlife research for policy development. Readers can expect a range of papers covering well-structured field studies, manipulative experiments, and analytical and modelling studies. All papers aim to improve the practice of wildlife management and contribute conceptual advances to our knowledge and understanding of wildlife ecology.

WIRED - Gwen Pearson

Gwen Pearson has a PhD in Entomology, and is Outreach Coordinator for the Purdue Department of Entomology.

Zoology Society of UNE

The Zoology Society of UNE’s main focus is to support students enrolled in the Bachelor of Zoology course or those undertaking Honours in Zoology, or studying Zoology units as part of another course at UNE. To do this we will arrange social events, including barbecues and movie nights for on-campus students throughout the trimesters and for off-campus students throughout the intensive school periods; we will also arrange academic events, such as seminars, throughout the year.