Erika Tucker, PhD
Research Associate; S2 Administrative Manager
Entomologist, Museum Specialist, Researcher, Writer & Editor
My dissertation work was in parasitoid wasp taxonomy and systematics, where I worked on revising the lovely Braconid genus Cremnops. During my undergraduate and postdoctoral appointments I studied wild bee ecology, diversity, and taxonomy. My current research continues to examine Hymenoptera biodiversity through the exploration of parasitoid wasps and wild bees. Whenever possible, I strive to incorporate the largely untapped wealth of specimen data found in historical museum collections. Museum collections are some of the world’s most amazing resources, which are often undervalued, overlooked, and underutilized. In parallel with the vast amount of undiscovered insect diversity in the wild, museum collections contain an untold wealth of undiscovered historical insect diversity. Often for locations and ecosystems that no longer exist.
To help share my love of insects and nature with non-scientists, I started the blog Bug News in 2021. With the exception of an occasional guest writer, I am currently the only writer for the blog. I research, write, and take photographs for the stories, my dog Sunday supervises and helps me find topics, and Robert Northover provides technical assistance when needed.
For research results, please see my Publications Page.
For research results, please see my Projects Page.