The UCFC offers opportunities to motivated UCF students with an interest in entomology and natural history. These students work in the collection carrying out various duties including curation and identification of arthropod specimens, data entry, pest management, and field work.
Louis Dennin is our new outreach coordinator. He is an economics major who took up working at the Bug Closet as a freshman in 2015, just because he finds insects to have a unique “artistic” quality to them. He really enjoys working in the field on collection outings. In the collection, he mainly works on his favorite group of insects: Neuropterida.
Kathiana “Kathy” Desir is a psychology student minoring in Italian who started working at the Bug Closet fall 2015. She originally was interested in ants, but discovered Orthoptera, and has been fascinated with them ever since. Outside of identifying orthopterans, Kathy spends much of her time doing the essential work of databasing specimens.
Brian Silverman is an interdisciplinary masters student that has been working in the Bug Closet for quite a long time (since undergrad). He has worked to identify and curate the Hemiptera portion of the collection. Brian also is an expert at operating the Bug Closet’s photo unit for specimen photography. He is currently a Land Management Intern at Lake Apopka North Shore for the St. Johns River Water Management District.
Gloria Stewart is an undergrad majoring in Biology. She started volunteering at the Bug Closet in fall of 2016 and became an employee in the summer of 2017. Her main focus is identifying Hymenoptera, specifically the family Halictidae. She also helps update the database.