Friday, August 9, 2019, 1-4pm - Insect Identification & Monitoring at Restoration Sites with Erika Tucker & George Hammond

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 1:00pm
Hike Location: 
Independence Lake County Park, Indy Prairie Meet at center parking lot
Get to know or review your insects (the most important organisms on the planet!) while discussing and practicing the best ways to sample and survey them. Erika Tucker and George Hammond both have experience finding, catching, and identifying insects in the field, as well as leading citizen-science based surveys of insects and other critters. We'll see what id characteristics and sampling methods you could use and what finding different or particular insects might reveal about the quality or condition of a restoration site.

With support from the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability

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Erika Tucker: Collection Manager, Division of Insects and Assistant Research Scientist, University of Michigan Research Museums Center

Erika received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Maryland in 2009 with an emphasis on ecology and evolution, and a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Kentucky in 2015 focusing on taxonomy and systematics. She also served as postdoctoral fellow at the University of New Hampshire from 2015-2018 where her research concentrated on taxonomy, biodiversity and ecological modeling. Her research explores the biodiversity, systematics and ecological interactions of hymenoptera (wasps, ants, and bees), especially groups that are of environmental, conservational, agricultural or economical importance such as wild bees and parasitoid wasps. She incorporates historical insect collections with new data acquisition, experiments and modeling. Her goal is to document insect biodiversity while producing useful information for the scientific, agricultural and environmental conservation communities. For more see: and

George Hammond: Field Biologist, Natural Areas Preservation, City of Ann Arbor

George has a Master's in Biology from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor's in same from Pomona College in California. He has worked in the UM Museum of Zoology's Insect Division, and and taught at EMU. He helps build and manage the Animal Diversity Web website, and is a part-time Field Biologist for the City of Ann Arbor's Natural Area Preservation unit. He says "I am very happy to be organizing the surveys that I once volunteered for. I have a new appreciation for the work involved! There are so many small wonders in our parks, so many great things to find. I hope you will get out into our parks and nature areas, and find the beauty there." For more see: and
Hike Facilitator: 
Erika Tucker & George Hammond