Eastern Branch Tours

The Eastern Branch is planning several behind-the-scenes tours of gardens and museums located in the Branch over the next several months. The tours are opportunities for Eastern Branch members to connect informally and gain exclusive access to these locations.


Entomology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Date: Thursday, July 28, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: 1000 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560
Cost: $5 per person
Additional Information: This tour is limited to Eastern Branch members only. Due to space limitations additional guests are not permitted.

Tour Description: The Entomology collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC is the largest insect, arachnid and myriapod collection in the Western Hemisphere. It is staffed by scientists from the Smithsonian, USDA-ARS, USDA-APHIS and the Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit of the Army, all working collaboratively.  This tour will take participants behind-the-scenes of the largest natural history museum in the world, with a focus on the history of the collection, facts about the collection, and discussion about how each of the agencies included in Entomology use the collections to support their respective missions. Learn more about entomology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Facilitator: Dr. Floyd Shockley is the Collections Manager for the Department of Entomology at the National Museum of Natural History. In that capacity, he is responsible for all aspects of collection management, logistics, shipping, regulatory compliance, purchasing, property management and IPM for the National Insect Collection. He participates heavily in public outreach efforts for the Department and is the primary contact for media inquiries and the general public. He is Entomology’s liaison with collections and research staff from other departments, executive staff, exhibits, public relations, and non-scientific technical staff (security, building, facilities, and IT). Shockley has overall curatorial responsibility for the collections and conducts original research on the evolution, taxonomy, morphology, and natural history of fungus feeding beetles. He earned his B.A. in Biology from Westminster College (1996) and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Missouri (2000) and the University of Georgia (2009), respectively.  He joined the staff of NMNH in 2010.

Please contact Dr. Shockley with any questions. 

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