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Small, Squishy, and Hyperdiverse: Taxonomic Adventures

with Aphelinidae and Encyrtidae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea)

Jason Mottern, PhD
Research Entomologist, USDA SEL
c/o Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History


Where:                Linder Theater, AMNH, enter West 77th Street entrance

Date:                    Tuesday, May 23 , 2017 (fourth Tues for this month)

Time:                    7 PM to 8:30 PM


Jason Mottern’s interest in entomology started early (around the time he could walk?), as a child growing up in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California. After spending his childhood and teenage years wandering the forest and working at the summer camp where he grew up, Jason decided to attend the University of California, Riverside, where he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in entomology in 1999. He then went on to Texas A&M University, where he studied the effects of parasitic phorid flies on the competitive interactions between red imported fire ants and native ants. After completing his Master of Science degree in Texas, Jason returned westward to work as a civilian pest management consultant for the U.S. Navy in San Diego, California. Around the time that the Navy decided to change his job to “hazardous waste management and environmental compliance specialist,” Jason decided to return to UCR to pursue a PhD in systematic entomology. Jason graduated from John Heraty’s lab in 2012 having completed a revision of the aphelinid genus Cales. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the USDA-ARS Systematic Entomology Laboratory, where he mostly studies Encyrtidae, but still dabbles in aphelinids when nobody is looking.



Dinner:      Senn Thai Comfort Food, 452 Amsterdam Avenue, 9:00 p.m.


Society meetings are always open to the public with no admission charge.

Past Monthly Meetings

April 2017

February 2017

January 2017

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

October 2015

Archive Monthly Meeting May 2017

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