Andrea Lucky

Teaching

ENY 4161/6166 – Insect Classification

Course Description

The goal of this course is to provide students with a sound theoretical and practical understanding of insect diversity and the practice of classifying organisms. Lectures discuss the general principles of systematics, history of insect classification, construction and use of identification tools, nomenclature, and biology and evolutionary history of the hexapod orders. We also explore why competing classifications exist in taxonomy, and what existing classifications imply about broad patterns of evolutionary change and diversification within insects. A collection is required to refine your ability to identify insects to the level of order, family and species. Accumulating the required numbers of taxa is possible only by employing a variety of collecting techniques and working with dichotomous keys. Building an insect collection, with correctly identified and curated specimens is an excellent way to learn, understand and employ the methods used by professionals to identify and classify not only insects, but living organisms in general.

ENY 2040 – The Insects

Course Description

The Insects is an introduction to insect biology, insect interactions with other organisms and, especially, insect associations with people. The class features discussion of basic biological principles and concepts using insects as examples. The Insects features a combination of online lectures, hands-on insect activities and selected popular film and documentary video clips as well as readings and discussion of the ways insects impact our lives and have come to dominate our world. After all, there are more insects than any other type of animal on planet Earth! This class meets a general education biology requirement for UF students.

ENY 6943 – Topics in Social Insect Biology

Course Description

This seminar is a discussion of current topics in social insect biology. As a group we select an overarching theme of the semester and delve into the primary scientific literature to explore the current state of knowledge. Each student will take the lead presenting on specific topic within the theme we have chosen, and in leading class discussion. Peer review of presentations by all members of the class prepares students for professional presentations at academic conferences. There are no prerequisite courses for this seminar, however, you will find a basic background knowledge of social insects useful to our discussions.

ENY 4905 – Collections Management Seminar

Course Description

This seminar is an opportunity for advanced undergraduates and interested graduate students to delve into the best practices and thorny problems that collections (of any sort) face today. The course focuses on insects but is relevant to collections of anything: art, documents, books, etc. Hands-on work with the specimens in the Entomology Teaching collection gives us an opportunity to work on projects involving, but not limited to identification of specific insect groups, databasing holdings, strategic acquisitions, improving accessibility for teaching and display materials. We also discuss how our field can best respond changing technology and changes in the way people access collections.

ENY 4905 – Art Science Collaboration

Course Description

This interdisciplinary course for advanced entomology and fine arts students focuses on working collaboratively across two disparate fields: art and entomology. Through readings, discussion and taxonomic work in the Entomology Teaching Collection, students and instructors explore the parallel processes of producing art and science. Final projects entail public exhibition of student art and taxonomic improvements within the teaching collection.

ENY 3563/5566 – Tropical Entomology

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the ecology, diversity, and agricultural and veterinary importance of insects in the tropics. Insects are the most diverse multicellular organisms in the tropics. Their roles in nature have diversified into most habitats where they are fungivores, herbivores, necrophages, coprophages, saprophages, parasitoids, parasites, and predators. They provide critical ecosystem services such as decomposition, nutrient recycling, pollination, and biological control. Tropical insects have been used as bioindicators of ecosystem health and conservation needs, in butterfly farming, live material in insect zoos, and showcase specimens in literature, art, and sculpture.

Courses Taught

Fall 2016

ENY 4161/6166, Insect Classification

ENY 2040, The Insects

Summer 2016

ENY 4161/6166, Insect Classification

ENY 2040, The Insects

ENY 6943, Topics in Social Insect Biology

Fall 2015

ENY 4161/6166, Insect Classification

ENY 2040, The Insects

ENY 4905/6905, Art-Science Collaboration

Summer 2015

ENY 4161/6166, Insect Classification

ENY 2040, The Insects

ENY 3563/5566, Tropical Entomology (co-instructor)

Spring 2015

ENY 4161/6166, Insect Classification

ENY 2040, The Insects

ENY 4905/6905, Art-Science Collaboration

Fall 2014

ENY 4161/6166, Insect Classification

ENY 2040, The Insects

Summer 2014

ENY 2040, The Insects

ENY 6943, Topics in Social Insect Biology

Spring 2014

ENY 2040, The Insects

Fall 2013

ENY 4161/6166, Insect Classification

ENY 2040, The Insects

Summer 2013

ENY 2040, The Insects

ENY 3563/5566, Tropical Entomology (co-instructor)

Spring 2013

ENY 2040, The Insects

ENY 4905, Collections Management

Fall 2012

ENY 4161/6166, Insect Classification