February 2013 Meeting of Maryland Entomological Society

The next MES meeting will be on February 15th, 2013 at UMBC.

“Aspects of a Changing Classification: a Nightmare for Those Outside Systematics”

Bioscience Bldg. Room 004, 8:00pm.

Lecture begins 8:15pm.

Speaker:   David Adamski, Ph.D. – Research Entomologist, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Systematic Entomology Laboratory c/o National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

Biological classifications are naming systems that represent related groups of organisms. Historically, biological classifications were based upon topological thinking. However, these early classifications have given way to tree thinking. Tree thinking came about as a result of time and space travel through the study of fossils and extant species. Species and species concepts have changed through advances in the studies of macromorphology, molecular morphology, and biogeography. And as these studies become more sophisticated, so should our natural classifications become more natural. Dr. David Adamski will try to explain the above concepts in a historical context, using as an example, a group of moths that he has been studying for nearly 35 years.

Since 1990, Dr. Adamski has been a Support Scientist at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Systematic Entomology Laboratory (SEL) located at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.  He provides research support, curates and maintains adult and larval insect collections, and provides routine and urgent identifications for USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) program. Dr. Adamski’s specialty is the micromoths (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea) and he has published numerous scientific papers on these diminutive creatures.

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