Wednesday, March 2
All About Crane Flies
Chen Young, PhD
Associate Curator of Invertebrate Zoology
Earth Theater, First Floor Rear
Entomologist Chen Young is on a mission to augment the crane fly collection of Carnegie Museum of Natural History through his research on these abundant flies. Crane flies play an important ecological role in helping to sustain terrestrial ecosystems. His worldwide explorations have provided Chen with an abundance of ecological, morphological, and molecular data to better understand the evolution and biology of crane flies. These data contribute to the growing demand for identification of species that supply biological information toward effective conservation and stewardship of habitats and biodiversity.
Chen, one of the "bug people" at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, was born and raised in Taiwan. He undertook doctoral studies at University of Kansas in 1973 and settled at Carnegie Museum in 1980. Chen’s research focuses on field-oriented studies of the natural history of crane flies, including comparative larval morphology, ecology, habitat relations, and faunistic studies.
C. W. Young, and Chu C. L. 2010. Larva, Pupa, and biology of the crane fly Indotipula demarcata (Brunetti) from Taiwan (Insecta: Diptera: Tipulidae). Annals of Carnegie Museum 78(4):319-324.