We love to talk about science! Here are some of the outreach activities our lab is currently involved in.

Through the WISCIENCE Adult Role Models in Science (ARMS) program, we mentor middle school students, share our love of insect diversity with local K12 classrooms, and develop science lesson plans with K12 partner schools.


6th-grader Henry Lyne hard at work!

National Park Citizen Science
We’re working with park management to raise public awareness about insect conservation in Yosemite National Park, North Cascades and Mt. Rainier. We lead citizen science Bioblitzs to survey butterfly and beetle biodiversity, and to help raise awareness about climate change research. Through these efforts and our own fieldwork, we are developing insect collections for the National Park, and the data on species distributions and diversity is being developed into publicly available fact sheets and web pages to educate national park visitors.


Citizen scientists scouring the mountains for insects.

Biotechnology Youth Apprenticeship Program
We’re working with the Madison-based Youth Apprenticeship Program to train high schools students in genetics research. To find out more about this program click here.

Jessiney_BassJessiney Bass (DeForest High School)
collecting insecticide resistant Colorado potato beetles.

Insect Ambassadors
We’re working with Madison-based schools to share our love and fascination with insects. We develop in-class curriculum, including wonderful living insect displays, to create fun interactive activities for kids. To find out more about this program click here.
Zach Cohen at Friendship Camp