I offer the following services at negotiable rates. Please contact me by email at BugEric247ATgmailDOTcom:
I accept contract work to identify bulk, dried and pinned insect specimens. I no longer accept wet specimens due to the difficulty in accessing ethanol and returning specimens to their institution of origin. I can identify most insects to family level classification, and have access to keys for getting many types of insects to genus, or even species. I have performed such contracts for the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, University of Colorado (Boulder), and for the multi-stakeholder Yard Futures project. In each case I prepared an Excel spreadsheet to database each specimen and the corresponding identification provided. I also provided a summary report that included my assessment of species diversity for each insect order, and citing the sources used in making the identifications.
My partner, Heidi, and I have participated as expert leaders in entomology for various bioblitzes, including those conducted by the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the Missouri Prairie Foundation, Missouri. Additionally, we helped survey insects and arachnids for The Nature Conservancy at Crazy French Ranch near Trinidad, Colorado, in preparation for the development of the property into what is now Fishers Peak State Park. Ongoing surveys include Ritchie Cemetery in Topeka, Kansas, and Hutton Niobrara Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary near Bassett, Nebraska, a proprty of Audubon of Kansas. We will entertain such surveys on private property for a fee.
I have been delivering entertaining and educational presentations on insects, bugwatching, and related topics for decades. Some events are complemented by insect walks in parks and other natural settings. Virtual and indoor programs usually involve a PowerPoint presentation. I have conducted two advanced naturalist workshops for the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History at the Eulett Center near Lynx, in Adams County, Ohio.
I am always happy to entertain invitations to be a guest on a podcast, or radio show. I have previous experience as a guest on Ologies with Alie Ward (the Spheksology episode), The Arthro Pod, Nature's Archive with Michael Hawk, The Urban Birder with David Lindo, and Talking Feral with Paul Boyce.
I will consider doing one-on-one private tutoring, guidance, and critiquing in the identification of insects and spiders, and in non-fiction writing. I am open to collaborating with others on projects of their choosing. I invite students at any grade level to ask me questions about entomology, writing, and/or publishing.