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Insects: Guests (2015)

William Clark

Director, Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History

Born in Caldwell, Idaho, in 1944. Grew up in Vale, Oregon, and attended Vale Union High School. Attended The College of Idaho (BS Biology in 1967) and completed graduate school at University of Nevada, Reno (MS Biology, 1972). Served in the US Army, 25th Infantry Division, 25th Medical Battalion, Vietnam (1969-1971) received Army Commendation Medal, Combat Medical Badge, and Bronze Star Medal. Married to Mary Houston and have three daughters (Ellen in Delta Junction, Alaska; Cindy in Seattle, WA, and Karen in Clinton, Iowa).

I retired in 2003 from Entomologist and Water Quality Specialist, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Boise, where a career was spent conducting surface water quality monitoring and evaluation with emphasis on biological monitoring. Went to work for Idaho Power Company, Environmental Affairs, Boise, in 2003 as a Macroinvertebrate Biologist, with emphasis on research on threatened and endangered mollusks (gastropods) in the Middle Snake River, and retired in 2009. I currently hold the following professional positions: Museum Director and Curator of Invertebrates, Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, The College of Idaho, Caldwell; Investigador Adjunto, Museo de Artrópodos del CICESE, Departamento de Biología de la Conservación, Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, and Affiliate Professor of Entomology, Division of Entomology, Department of Plant, Soil, and Entomological Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow.

Current projects involve conducting research on the BioDiversity of Baja California, Mexico, with focus on arthropods in Valle de los Cirios. Nearly 90 field expeditions have been made to Baja California and numerous scientific publication have resulted, including the discovery of many species new to science and new to Baja California. Other projects are related to the diversity of ants at the Idaho National Laboratory and at Big Bend National Park, Texas. These projects have resulted in over 150 refereed scientific publications and numerous other publications and reports. I still participate in the Steering Committee for the annual Water Quality Workshop held in Boise. Recently, along with wife Mary, received the President's Medallion for volunteer service to The College of Idaho and Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History. I have been recognized for exceptional field research by colleagues through the naming of seven patronyms.

Dr. Alan Gillogly

Entomology curator and beetle specialist, Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History

Alan was awarded degrees in entomology at the University of California (Riverside) and Texas A&M University, although his unofficial training began at a very young age, because his father was an entomologist and an enthusiastic beetle collector. Alan spent almost 25 years as a medical entomology officer in the U.S. Army, working to protect soldiers on base and in the field, their families, and civilian employees from diseases (like malaria, dengue, Lyme Disease, plague, etc.) that are carried by insects and related arthropods, as well as from the stings and bites of nuisance insects. The job also involved protecting military property, such as buildings, trees and ornamental plants, from damage by termites, ants, and many other pests that can affect the quality of military life. This included surveillance, teaching and advising on the control of mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, lice, Africanized bees, flies, and cockroaches, as well as other pests that live with or near humans The job took Alan to 18 US states and 12 other countries, and he has collected in an additional 5 states and 8 foreign countries at his own expense.

Throughout his life, Alan has had a special interest in beetles, and now collects and studies a fascinating group called the passalid beetles. Since the vast majority of the species in this group live in the tropics, he has to travel in order to collect them, or trade with other collectors. Alan has collected many species of various insect groups that are new to science and have already been formally described. There are surely more new species will be discovered, including some from Idaho, when experts can find the time to examine them. Alan now works, mostly on beetles, at home and as a volunteer curator in the large insect collection of the J. Orma Smith Museum of Natural History at The College of Idaho in Caldwell, ID.

Past guests for this topic include: Adare Evans, Frank Merickel.

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