Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology
The Bohart Museum of Entomology at UC Davis is presently closed to the general public resulting from COVID pandemic precautions, however a jubilant crew helped have fun the Feb. 1st birthday of its director, Lynn Kimsey, a UC Davis distinguished professor of entomology who has administered the museum since 1990.
In case you love numerical palindromes, Kimsey’s birthday final yr fell on 2-1-21, and Bohart affiliate Greg Kareofelas’ birthday this yr fell on 2-2-22. (Be aware February’s subsequent numerical paiindrome is 2-22-22.)
This yr the Bohart Museum, house of a worldwide assortment of eight million insect specimens, is celebrating its seventy fifth yr. Let’s simply say that Kimsey is youthful than that.
So, a fast replace with Professor Kimsey:
Q. “What fascinates you about bugs?”
A. “All of the extremely bizarre issues they do. Yearly I be taught one thing head-slappingly new!”
Q. “What would you like the general public to know probably the most about bugs?”
A. “That bugs are largely innocent and actually necessary elements of our lives in addition to different animals and crops.”
Q. “What’s your subsequent mission?”
A. “Proper now I am engaged on two e book initiatives: the Mosquitoes of California and Keys to the Bugs of California.”
Q. “What insect has the longest life span?”
A. “Will depend on the way you outline it. Desert bugs can keep in diapause for as much as 10 years or extra. Jerry Powell at UC Berkeley found that the yucca moth can stay within the pupa for a number of many years earlier than rising when it rains. As for grownup bugs, most likely stink beetles stay the longest right here.”
Lynn Kimsey professes to be a “choco-holic. (Picture by Tabatha Yang)
Professor Kimsey is an alumnus of UC Davis. She acquired her undergraduate diploma in 1975 and her doctorate in 1979. Richard M. Bohart, for whom the insect museum is called, served as her main professor and he or she was his final graduate scholar.
Kimsey joined the UC Davis entomology college in 1989. Her areas of experience embody insect biodiversity, systematics and biogeography of parasitic wasps, city entomology, civil forensic entomology, and arthropod-related industrial hygiene. She is a acknowledged world authority on the systematics, biogeography and biology of the wasp households, Tiphiidae and Chrysididae.
Kimsey has served in quite a few management roles on the worldwide, nationwide and native degree, together with two phrases as president of the Worldwide Hymenopterists, board member of the Pure Science Collections Alliance, and interim chair and vice chair (twice) of the UC Davis Division of Entomology (now the Division of Entomology and Nematology).
In 2020, the Pacific Department, Entomological Society of America (PBESA), introduced her with its highest honor, the C. W. Woodworth Award. She earlier acquired two different PBESA awards: the Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity Award in 2014, and shared the Staff Award in 2013 with colleagues Eric Mussen, Robbin Thorp, Neal Williams and Brian Johnson, who have been acknowledged for his or her collaborative work specializing in honey bees, wild bees and pollination points by means of analysis, schooling and outreach.
Recognized for her many years of public service, Kimsey acquired the UC Davis Educational Senate Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award in 2016.
The Bohart Museum is situated in Room 1124 of the Educational Surge Constructing on Crocker Lane, UC Davis campus. Along with its eight million insect specimens, it homes a stay “petting zoo” (assume Madagascar hissing cockroaches, stick bugs and tarantulas) and a present store (now on-line), stocked with insect-themed items comparable to books, posters, jewellery, t-shirts and hoodies.
Questions? Will the seventy fifth anniversary celebration of the Bohart Museum proceed this yr? When will the Bohart Museum be open to the general public and when will it start internet hosting its ever-popular open homes? To be decided, however spoiler alert: One occasion will contain the California dogface butterfly, Zerene eurydice, the state insect. That is the fiftieth anniversary of when the State Legislature named the butterfly the state insect. Keep tuned.