Through its network of associate researchers/entomologists, the Montréal Insectarium contributes to a number of systematics and taxonomy projects.
This network, led by Insectarium curator Stéphane Le Tirant, has published some 50 publications since 1998, all in connection with the development of the Insectarium’s scientific collections.
The Insectarium’s network of associate researchers/entomologists primarily consists of researchers and entomologists in the field of systematics research, regardless of their status.
Associate researchers/entomologists must adhere to the Montréal Insectarium’s code of ethics concerning its collections. They are also encouraged to publish in collaboration with, or on behalf of, the Insectarium, and to submit type specimens of their new descriptions at the Insectarium.
List of Montréal Insectarium Associate Researchers/Entomologists
- Stéphane Le Tirant is the curator of the Montréal Insectarium. He is interested in the conservation, history and organization of entomological collections. He has a special interest in Scarabaeidae, particularly the sub-family of Dynastinae, Rutelinae et Euchirinae, and is also knowledgeable about Fulgoridae and Membracidae. He is passionate about ethno-entomology, and part of his personal collection is on loan to the Insectarium, showcased in the travelling exhibition, “So Many Tales... Insects in Human Culture.” To date, he has published several new insect species.
- René Limoges has been a technician at the Insectarium’s entomological laboratories since 1990. His primary duties are mounting naturalized specimens and the conservation of scientific collections. He is especially interested in spider and insect photography and global biodiversity (taxonomy, distribution and biology of Coleoptera Curculionoidea.
- Dr Hiroaki Akiyoshi – Coleopterist, Lucanidae specialist, at Tokyo Museum University
- Alexandre Banko – Naturalist
- Gilles Deslisle – Lepidopterist, ornithoptera specialist
- Yves-Pascal Dion – Lepidopterist
- Dr. David Edmonds – Coleopterist, Scarabaeinae and Coprinae specialist, retired from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Dr. Edmonds' biography can be consulted on the University of Nebraska State Museum Web site
- Martin Gamache – Arachnologist, dwarf tarantula specialist
- Emmanuelle Goyer – Arachnologist, tarantula specialist
- Jean Haxaire – Lepidopterist, Sphingidae specialist, at the Muséum national d’Histoire Naturelle of France
- Dr. Laurent Lesage – Coleopterist, Chrysomelidae specialist, Agriculture Canada, ECORC
Dr. Lesage's biography can be consulted on the Canacoll Foundation Web site
- Thierry Vaglia – Lepidopterist, Sphingidae specialist