ShawnT Dash

Unido: 28.dic.2012 Última actividad: 19.jul.2024 iNaturalist

I am an Entomologist with a focus on myrmecology, specifically in the areas of systematics and ecology. Although my initial interest was in studying birds, I eventually immersed myself in the fascinating world of entomology. While I remain a passionate birder and currently serve as the president of the Hampton Roads Bird Club, I also hold the position of Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Hampton University, a small private HBCU located in eastern Virginia. In my role, I teach courses covering biodiversity, entomology, zoology, and conservation biology.

One of my primary educational goals is to introduce students to the field and field research. I incorporate aspects of iNaturalist into all my courses, and I appreciate your understanding if you come across students who are just starting to explore plants or insects for the first time. I actively involve students in research projects, particularly in faunistics. My research lab focuses on invertebrate ecology in human-altered environments, with a primary emphasis on urban ecology themes. Our work revolves around altered habitats in Hampton Roads, conducting biodiversity surveys that explore phenology and functional diversity.

I have a deep passion for ant taxonomy and entomology as a whole, embodying a Victorian-era naturalist spirit. You might find me collecting insects, birdwatching, searching for pine cones, and exploring biota in the field.

Please be aware that this is a personal account, and any posts, identifications, comments, or opinions expressed are my own and do not reflect those of my employer. These expressions do not imply institutional endorsements on my part.

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