Collection Manager, Invertebrate Zoology
Bob Davidson is the collection manager for the Section of Invertebrate Zoology at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. The Invertebrate Zoology collection is one of the largest and most representative in the world. Davidson received his MS and BA from the University of Vermont. He grew up in Vermont, New York, Minnesota, and Florida with a couple of years in Italy and several years in the Peace Corps in Nepal.
Davidson’s primary research focuses on systematics, biology, behavior, and zoogeography of the Carabidae (Coleoptera). His current projects include description of several new species from Hispaniola, a new Rhadine from the prairies, biology and distribution of Hartonymus hoodi, and catalogues of the Carabidae of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Fieldwork has been worldwide, but especially in Hispaniola and Ecuador.
Recent Blog Posts
What are Seventeen-Year Cicadas and Why Does It Seem Like They Emerge More Than Once Every Seventeen Years?There are different broods of periodical cicadas. Any given brood has adults emerging only once in 17 years and has a defined range of occurrence. The brood we will see in Allegheny County …Read More »
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