By Andrea Kautz
Last month the XXV International Congress of Entomology (ICE) was held in Orlando, FL themed "Entomology without Borders." Andrea gave an invited talk for the symposium session on "Aquatic Entomology Around the World". The symposium was well attended and featured some big names in the field like Dr. Rich Merritt (pictured below), the lead author of the seminal and widely used Aquatic Insects of North America (by Merritt, Cummins, and Berg).
There was a lot of interest in Macroinvertebrates.org project and website after presenting the concept to a room full of entomologists. Many symposium attendees stayed after to chat about the project, and Andrea was invited to do a write-up for the journal Aquatic Insects: the International Journal of Freshwater Entomology by the editor Helena Shaverdo, who was attending the conference all the way from Vienna, Austria.
What a fantastic opportunity to showcase this amazing tool to a world-wide audience, and especially to other aquatic entomologists! Everyone in attendance was encouraged to explore the site for themselves and provide any feedback they may have for us. Please share comments with us in the comment section below.
We have all probably been through either the process of training someone to ID macroinvertebrates or have been the trainee at some point themselves, and would have some great insights into what would be most helpful to them.
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