Dr. Steve Murphree, biology professor and entomologist, recently gave a presentation and led a field trip for the 2016-17 Tennessee Naturalist Program class of approximately 35 students. Murphree’s session was titled, “The World of Invertebrates: Pollinators, Predators, Pests and Parasitoids.”
Shortly after, Murphree participated as a demonstrator at Heritage Days at the Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation in Smyrna. Murphree had a table to display information related to Insects and Disease in the Civil War/Civil War Medicine. “These popular living history field trips play host to over 1,000 elementary students each day and feature more than 20 historical demonstrations,” Murphree said. “With hands-on activities and captivating reenactors, students learn about 19th century life.”
On Monday, September 26, Murphree will be giving a talk entitled, “Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies – Reflections on 25 years of bug camp” in the Entomology Around the World section at the International Congress of Entomology (ICE) in Orlando, Florida. ICE 2016 is expected to be the largest gathering of scientists and experts in the history of the entomological sciences, with an expected attendance of over 6,000 delegates. Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies is a summer day camp which has been led by Dr. Murphree since 1992. More information about Belmont’s Bug Camp can be found here.