Eric R. Eaton is author of Wasps: The Astonishing Diversity of a Misunderstood Insect (Princeton University Press, 2021), lead author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007), co-author of Insects Did It First (Xlibris, 2018), and contributor to several other books including The Butterfly Gardener’s Guide (Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 2003) and Wild in the City: a guide to Portland’s natural areas (Oregon Historical Society Press, 2000). He has also written articles about insects and other animals for Birds and Blooms, Ranger Rick, Missouri Conservationist, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society), and other magazines.
Mr. Eaton studied entomology at Oregon State University, and has worked as a professional entomologist for “Butterfly Magic” at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, Chase Studio, Inc., and the Cincinnati Zoo. He has worked on private contracts for the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, and Smithsonian Institution.
He enjoys the respect of his network of professional colleagues, and has built a loyal following in social media (Facebook and Twitter), and as a volunteer expert and consultant to WhatsThatBug.com, and AllExperts.com (where he was one of the top 50 experts for the year 2009), and Bugguide.net. His empathy for the squeamish and scared, knack for identification of mystery bugs, and his accurate, jargon-free explanations of insect biology have made him a leading figure in popular entomology.
Mr. Eaton is available for speaking engagements, media interviews, field and laboratory workshops, and contract work preparing and curating preserved arthropod specimens. He welcomes writing or editing assignments for publications, websites, and other media.
Eric currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with Heidi Eaton. He lived previously in Portland, Oregon; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Tucson, Arizona.