The Department of Entomology
at Harvard University is outstanding in
maintaining a world class insect collection at the Museum
of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) in a world class academic
setting in the Department of Organismal
and Evolutionary Biology (OEB). The MCZ side has a state-of-the-art,
federally-funded bioinformatics center dedicated to developing
and applying the latest digital documentation techniques to
the specimen collections at the MCZ and in the Caribbean.
The OEB side comprises a large, international training program
in molecular and evolutionary systematics and ecology dedicated
to mentoring graduate and undergraduate students in the field,
in the laboratory and in the collections.
Farrell, Professor of Biology and Curator in Entomology,
directs the bioinformatics center and co-directs the entomology
graduate program with Naomi
Pierce, Hessel Professor of Biology and Curator of Lepidoptera.
Professor Emeritus Edward O. Wilson leads the activities of
the Ant Room, maintained by Curatorial Assistant Stefan Cover,
and is engaged in exploration and documentation of the Caribbean
Curatorial Associate Dr. Philip Perkins oversees the maintenance
and curation of the collections, including the information
in the type database. Resident Research Associate Dr. Piotr
Naskrecki (of Conservation International) oversees the database
design and web serving, and is our consultant on digital photography,
ArcInfo mapping and general web services. Dr. Gary Alpert
is our consultant on digital activities in the Ant Room, in
addition to exploration of the ants of southeast Asia.
David Turell, Jon Woodward, Max
Coniglio, Valery Estabrook, Jessie Haigh and Mike Allen form
the type imaging team. Turell designs and implements the web
pages and leads the poster production, with input and contributions
from each member of the imaging team.
Related projects include Gary Alpert's New
England Guide to Household Pests, Ed Wilson's Pheidole
in the New World, Piotr Naskrecki's Orthoptera
Species File, a Living on Earth report featuring interviews with Ed Wilson, Brian Farrell and Piotr Naskrecki (select December 12, 2003, "A Little Known Planet"), and a pdf
of a Harvard Magazine piece on Farrell's work in the Dominican