Harvard University's Caribbean Insects: About Us
Harvard University's Caribbean Insects: About Us

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Field Course Personnel

The people involved in the field course all played an important part in its overall outcome and success. There were 16 students taking the course from Harvard, all from a variety of different backgrounds, some undergraduates, some graduate students, some representing different disciplines including botany, ecology and mycology but all with the common interest in insect systematics and diversity.
Nine staff members of the respective Departments of Entomology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology in Cambridge and at the National Museum of Natural History in Santo Domingo brought expertise in digital technology and insect biology. Most important was the extraordinary staff and infrastructure of the Cornell- Punta Cana Biodiversity Laboratory, offered by the Director, Cornell Professor Eloy Rodriguez, and the founder, Mr. Ted Kheel. Financial support was provided by Mr. Kheel, the Department of Organismal and Evolutionary Biology (Harvard) and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (Harvard).

The staff from the Department of Entomology, Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard. Above from left to right: Professor Brian Farrell conceived of the field trip and made all arrangements. Professor Naomi Pierce gave lectures on insect biology in the course associated with the field trip this year. Stefan Cover, World Ant Expert and assistant to E.O. Wilson and his new project on the ants of the West Indies. Piotr Naskrecki of Conservation International, developer of the database MANTIS, and digital photography expert. Piotr took the finest photos on this site. Bruce Archibald, teaching fellow (and Ph.D.Candidate under Brian Farrell) for the course. Sarah Ashworth, digital photographer at the MCZ.

From the Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History in Santo Domingo are, left to right above, Mr. Kelvin Guerrero (Curator of Insects, MNHN; Ecoparque, expert in the beetle family Cerambycidae). Kelvin's expertise in collecting, identification and biology of Caribbean insects was especially important. Kelvin was also instrumental in local logistics, such as arranging for collecting permits and obtaining local supplies and guide in the Parque del Este. Ms. Ruth Bastardo (Professor of Biology at the Universidad Autonoma in Santo Domingo, and chief entomologist of the primary Dominican conservation NGO Fundacion Moscoso Puello; expert in the butterflies and moths, order Lepidoptera). MNHN staff members Sardis Medrano Cabral and Denia Veloz and Master’s Candidate (Universidad Pedro Henriquez Urena) Carmelo Nunez. The expertise of these Dominican counterparts in insect collecting, preparation, identification and biology was crucial to the success of the course and the training of the Harvard students.

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