Jessica Ware

5 Questions with Entomologist Dr. Jessica Ware

Dr. Jessica Ware is an evolutionary biologist and entomologist at Rutgers University. Earlier this year, she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent research careers and showing exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology. Her area of expertise is dragonflies, the first creatures on Earth to take flight over 400 million years ago. Today, NYC alone is home to more than 80 species of dragonflies! You can meet Dr. Ware at the next Secret Science Club lecturetaking place on Tuesday, August 20th, at the Bell House in Brooklyn.

Why should someone become an entomologist?

Entomology is a terrific, exciting, constantly changing field—there are more species of insects than almost anything else on earth, and much of this diversity is still yet to be described or even discovered. How amazing to have millions, literally, of species still left to discover! There are so many facets of this discipline, from studying their evolution, to describing and evaluating their taxonomic relationships, to treating medically important vectors of human or animal illnesses, to helping secure and protect food crops worldwide. The community of global entomologists and the aspects they study are almost as diverse as the insects themselves! People can check out the Entomological Society of America for information on all things insect related!


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