Essig Museum News - March 2020
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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.

The PCOC visits the Essig Museum

The Pest Control Operators of California (PCOC) held a conference and workshop at the UC Berkeley Richmond Field Station in February 2020. Attendees of the "Termite Academy", hosted by Dr. Vernard Lewis, learned about the long history of pest control research at Cal, discussed recent changes in regulations, and enjoyed a special behind the scenes tour of the Essig Museum!
Photo: "Termites & Termite Control" (1934) UC Press, Berkeley

Gardening for pollinators

Team Essig (students, staff, and volunteers) are creating native plant gardens on the north and south sides of the Valley Life Science Building to promote awareness of pollinators and their plight. In addition to selecting and planting appropriate plants, students are monitoring the gardens for insects and other visitors to document use by native pollinators throughout the year. Check out the project website for more info.
Photo: Pyrausta moth on yarrow in the new Essig garden)

Cal Day - April 18, 2020

Mark your calendars for Cal Day on Saturday, April 18th. This is our biggest event of the year. The Valley Life Science Building is always the most popular destination on campus because of the Berkeley Natural History Museums. See live critters and specimens of insects and spiders from around the world. Plus find out about the cutting research we do. See you there!

Big Give - March 12, 2020

UC Berkeley's annual fundraising campaign - BIG GIVE - is quickly approaching. You can help support the teaching, research, and outreach we do here at the Essig Museum by donating securely online. Your contributions help fund student engagement projects like the Pollinator Garden, outreach events like Cal Day, Darwin Day, and Homecoming, and research we do to document California's threatened biodiveristy.

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We are now on Instagram at essig_museum

Essig Brunch Seminar Series

Fridays 10:10 - 11:00 am, 1101 Valley Life Science Building (UCMP "fish bowl")
A weekly seminar series run by the Entomology Students Organization featuring local and visiting researchers presenting a wide range of entomology topics. Open to the public.

Upcoming talks: (check the Essig Brunch website for updates)

Mar. 6 - Dr. Andrew Zink, Dept. Ecology & Evolution, SF State University
"Maternal care and egg cannibalism in the maritime earwig"

Mar. 13 - Dr. Lauren Esposito, Curator, California Academy of Sciences
"Scorpiomics: Ecology, evolution, and biogeograpy of scorpions"

Mar. 20 - Katie Sanko (Tsutsui lab) UC Berkeley
Evolution of kidnapper ants

Mar. 27 - Spring Recess - No Essig Brunch

Apr. 3 - Dr. Gretchen LeBuhn, Dept. Ecology & Evolution, SF State University
The effects of human-induced change on California wildlands

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

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