Essig Museum News - February 2021
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Essig Museum News

Keep up to date with the latest research, education, and events of the Essig Museum of Entomology, UC Berkeley's terrestrial arthropod collection (insects, spiders, scorpions, and their kin). Member of the Berkeley Natural History Museums.

Evolution under the microscope (event)

Join us on Friday, February 12, for a special event to celebrate Charles Darwin's birthday. We will discuss adaptations while looking at specimens under the microscope. Virtual one-hour (Zoom) tours begin at 10:00am, 12:00, 2:00, and 4:00pm PST. Open to the public. You must have a valid Zoom account to attend. (
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KQED Deep Look (event)

From Mites on Drones to Deadly Mushrooms - A Deep Look screening. Join us on Wednesday, February 17, 6:30-7:30pm PST for a special screening of four Deep Look episodes with  the producers and scientists involved with the videos, including the recently released "Silk-Swinging Caterpillars" about California Oak Moth outbreaks in the SF Bay Area.

Essig Brunch seminars are back

Our seminar series has gone virtual. Join us on Friday mornings at 10:00am PST. See the Spring 2021 line up. (zoom account required)

Coronavirus closure update

Essig Museum staff continue to have limited access to the collections. However, we continue to prepare for our return to campus to resume specimen loans, research visits, and outreach and education efforts. Thank you for your patience and support.

Essig Brunch Seminar Series

Essig Brunch seminar goes virtual in 2020 - Fridays 10:10 - 11:00 am

Essig Brunch is a weekly seminar series run by our graduate students in Arthropod Science featuring local and visiting researchers presenting on a wide range of entomology topics.

Feb. 12 - Dr. Peter Oboyski, Essig Museum of Entomology
"Darwin Day: Evolution under the microscope"

Feb. 19 - Dr. Anupama Dahanukar, UC Riverside
"Decoding the mosquito taste system, one sensillum at a time"

Feb. 26 - Hanna Kahl, PhD candidate (Rosenheim Lab), UC Davis
"Developing a pest management strategy for earwigs in Citrus"

Mar. 5 - Xavier Zahnle, PhD candidate (Bond Lab), UC Davis
"Need for Pedes: 3D (3D imaging illuminates millipede genital morphology & development)"

Mar. 12 - Scott Clem, PhD candidate (Harmon-Threatt Lab), U Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Where do they come from? Examining North American hover fly (Diptera: Syrphidae) migration using stable deuterium isotopes (δ2H)"

Mar. 19 - Maria Müller Theissen, PhD candidate (Altizer Lab), University of Georgia
"Cross-species transmission dynamics and determinants of host range: Milkweed butterflies and their protozoan parasites as a cast study"

Mar 26 - Spring Recess - No Essig Brunch Talk

Visit the Essig Brunch website for past and upcoming talks.

A Zoom account is required to join in (sign up for a free Zoom account)
Zoom link:

Going to be in town and want to give a talk: email us at

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