Mark F. O'Brien

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Mark F. O'Brien

Insect Division Collection Manager

Office Location(s): 2053 Ruthven Museums Building
Phone: 734.647.2199
O'Brien webpage

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Museum of Zoology
  • About

    Herding dead insects. Actually, what I do is make sure that our collections are properly housed, organized, labeled, pest-free, and accessible. Within that range of activities are included - fulfilling loan requests, advising students and professors on proper shipping and permitting issues, photographing specimens, working on the ethanol move plan to Varsity Drive, answering insect/pest identification questions, dealing with specimen database issues, shipping specimens, and helping graduate students with occasional questions and problem-solving.

    Research interests

    Aside from my long-standing fascination with dragonflies and work with the Michigan Odonata Survey, I have published on sphecid wasp behavior,  state distribution records for various insect groups, and retain the same sense of wonder about insects that I had as a teenager.

  • Education
    • M.S. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry 1981