Faculty & Staff

 
Get in touch:
Mailing address:
Bohart Museum of Entomology
c/o Department of Entomology & Nematology
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616 ​
The museum is open to the public, following the UC Davis Campus Ready Guidelines for visitors. Public hours are generally Monday-Thursday from 9 am-Noon and 1-5 pm. 
We are closed when the university is closed for major holidays. 

​General information, identification and research: (530) 752-0493
To schedule educational tours or borrow educational displays: (530) 754-0722

 

Meet our staff:

Lynn Kimsey, PhD

Lynn Kimsey, PhD

Museum Director & Professor
lskimsey@ucdavis.edu

My research focuses on the systematics and biodiversity of aculeate wasps, particularly in the families Chrysididae, Tiphiidae, Sphecidae and Crabronidae. I also work on urban and forensic entomology.

 

Brennen Dyer

Brennen Dyer

Curator & Collections Manager
btdyer@ucdavis.edu

I help maintain the collection and handle various projects around the museum. My interests are mainly buprestids (jewel beetles) and equipment design.

 

Socrates Letana

Socrates Letana

Graduate Student
sdletana@ucdavis.edu

I am working on the evolution and diversification of endoparasitic bot flies (Oestridae). My research interests include biology, taxonomy, systematics & biogeography of Diptera, and Southeast Asian biodiversity.

 

 

Fran Keller, PhD

Fran Keller, PhD

Museum Scientist & Assistant Professor at Folsom Lake College
mfkeller@ucdavis.edu

Works on morphology and insect systematics specifically Tenebrionidae: Asidini. Also researches Bahamian insect diversity and the effects of isolation on Borrichia in the Bahamas.

 

Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith

Volunteer Research Associate
bmuseum@ucdavis.edu

Jeff is a passionate Lepidopterist and a first class spreader of butterflies and moths.

 

 

Tom Zavortink, PhD

Tom Zavortink, PhD

Research Associate
bmuseum@ucdavis.edu

I am interested in the systematics and biology associated with mosquitoes and solitary bees.

 

 

Tabatha Yang

Tabatha Yang

Education and Outreach Coordinator
tabyang@ucdavis.edu

I coordinate museum tours, classroom visits, special weekend hours,  summer camp program,  and all our other outreach- anything that brings the public and science/scientists together. I collaborate with interns, undergraduates, staff, graduate students and faculty to accomplish all of this.

 

 

Brittany Lee Kohler

Brittany Lee Kohler

Research Assistant
blkohler@ucdavis.edu

Come visit the museum! I help maintain the collection and handle various projects, including public outreach, insect art and display design. My interests are insect and arthropod biodiversity, systematics, and ecology. 

 

 

Collections Manager Steve Heydon

Steve Heydon, PhD

Curator & Collections Manager (Retired)
slheydon@ucdavis.edu

My research interest is the systematics of parasitic Hymenoptera and the Pteromalidae in particular.

 

 

 

Robbin Thorp, PhD

Robbin Thorp, PhD

Robbin passed away in the spring of 2019.

Biodiversity and systematics of bees (Apoidea).  Status and declines in bumble bee populations, especially Franklin’s Bumble Bee. Biodiversity of bees in agricultural landscapes and urban gardens. Systematics and pollen host specificity of bees in vernal pool ecosystems.