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What makes a good collecting trip good?

“Have a good trip! How’s the trip going? How was the trip?” These are things people say to me before, during, and after fieldwork trips. I go into the field to collect insects. I do this because that’s where a … Continue reading

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Lines on a map. Dots on a map.

I’m crossing some lines in the Yukon. I’m searching for dots. Several lines drawn on maps define the Yukon for me. There’s a straight line across the bottom of the Territory that marks 60° north latitude. To many Canadians, “north” … Continue reading

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Why the Yukon? My love of northern entomology

I’m north of 60° again. Back in Whitehorse, Yukon for the fourth time in five years, and getting ready to head north. Beyond Dawson City, beyond the trees, up the Dempster Highway to the tundra. I’m going to collect insects. … Continue reading

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How many people does it take to describe a new species?

The Myth of the Solitary Taxonomist goes a bit like this: Solitary Taxonomist goes away to an exotic place, usually with at least one hazard to life and limb, usually land leeches. Collects a specimen. Recognizes it immediately as a … Continue reading

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A year of change: 2013 in review

When you work in a university, change is constant. Students come and go as they start and finish their programs; colleagues come and go as new opportunities arise; old projects run to completion and new ones start to pick up … Continue reading

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Twin Lakes: random thoughts on Yukon fieldwork

23 July, late at night: My three week field trip to the Yukon Territory is drawing to a close and we’re back at Twin Lakes Campground, on the Klondike Highway between Whitehorse and Carmacks. By the end of this trip … Continue reading

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Yukon Ho! The quest for northern flies continues

Since 2009 I’ve been part of the Northern Biodiversity Program, a collaborative project with some excellent colleagues and a whole team of fantastic students. We collected a arthropods at 12 sites in northern Canada so we could start addressing some … Continue reading

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Entomology on the road: thoughts on three trips

I haven’t been in the lab much since early June. Summer is the time when the teaching ends and administration tends to slow down, so I can finally devote more of my time to research. A lot of my research … Continue reading

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Breaking diapause

This blog has been quiet for the past couple of months. “Pupation” would be an appropriate entomological metaphor. “Hiding in a foxhole” might be an equally appropriate military metaphor. Mostly I’ve been juggling (metaphorical) chainsaws, as is traditional each year … Continue reading

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Looking back and looking forward

It was another busy year in the Lyman lab. As in any active lab, students come and go every year. Chris Borkent defended his Ph.D. on the systematics of some mycetophilid fungus gnats this year, and is off in Sacramento, … Continue reading

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