2013 Keynote Speaker

2013 Mahato Memorial Event Keynote:

Images, Insects, Landscapes

 -Samuel W. Droege, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Image of Sam DroegeImaging technologies allow us to see all the details of everyday insects at the same level of detail as we might inspect our familiar dogs, cats birds and pets with. This new view has revealed all sorts of features that point out how different this group of animals are from our usual models of living things. Please join us for a lovely portrait of how the structural form of these invertebrates has created a radical set of solutions to issues of survival presented by U.S. Geological Survey wildlife researcher and photographer Samuel Droege.

Samuel W. Droege received his B.S. in General Biology from the University of Maryland and his M.S. in Wildlife Management from S.U.N.Y. Syracuse before beginning his near three-decade career as a Wildlife Biologist researching migratory bird management division of inventory and monitoring. Droege has served on numerous committees dedicated to wildlife conservation and statistical methods for monitoring avian and amphibian population trends. His work has been published in several leading journals encompassing both science and environmental policy such as Nature Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and Conservation Biology.  Droege also coordinated the North American Breeding Bird Survey Program and developed the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program, amoungst many other achievements.  His current research focuses on using photographs of insects as identification tools to help develop and implement a statistically appropriate monitoring program.


Droege's passion for sharing his research is evident from his presence on social media.  Check out his Flickr Photostream for fascinating images on the Bee Inventory and Monitoring project, and his YouTube Page for numerous educational videos on a wide range of interesting subjects!


Thank you to all those who attended the 2013 Mahato Memorial Event.  We hope you enjoyed Sam Droege's Keynote as much as we did!