Curriculum Vitae

Michael L. Ferro

Personal Data

Campus: Department of Entomology/LSU

403 Life Science Building

Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Home: 3000 July St. Apt. 34

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808

Email: spongymesophyll@gmail.com

 

Education M.S. Department of Entomology, University of Missouri (MU), Columbia; "The Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, and Trichoptera of Missouri State Parks with Notes on Biomonitoring, Mesohabitat Associations, and Distribution."

Major Advisor: Dr. Robert W. Sites

B.S. Central Missouri State Univ. (CMSU), Warrensburg, MO, 1997-2001

Majors: Biology and Chemistry

Major Advisor: Dr. Stephen W. Wilson

 

Professional Employment

Research assistant: Dept. of Entomology, University of Missouri (1/02-12/04)

- Taxonomy of Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, and Trichoptera of Missouri.

- Museum Curator: Enns Entomology Museum, University of Missouri

- Assisted in museum curation; reviewed and identified all Missouri Neuroptera in Enns Entomology Museum.

Research Experience

2005 Ecology of North American insects reliant on dead wood.

Advisor, Dr. Chris Carlton

2002 - 2004 The Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, and Trichoptera of Missouri State Parks with Notes on Biomonitoring, Mesohabitat Associations, and Distribution. Masters Thesis. Advisor, Dr. Robert Sites, MU, Columbia, MO.

44,592 specimens identified within 214 taxa.

2004 In review: Description of the larvae of Gomphidictinus perakensis (Laidlaw) with notes on distribution in Thailand. Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington

2003 Biogeography of the Odonata of Thailand with association of adults and larvae.

Samples were taken at 112 locations resulting in collection of 1515 adult specimens, 100 species (2 undescribed), and 6 adult/larvae associations.

2003 Thomas R. Yonke Award in Insect Biodiversity

Attended the VIIIth International Symposium on Neuropterology in College Station, Texas with a two week collecting excursion throughout Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.

2002 Contributed data on the odonata from personal collection (ca. 400 specimens) for: Trial, L. and J. Belshe. (2002). Atlas of Missouri Odonata. Missouri Department of Conservation. 160pp.

2001 Honors Project: Genetic comparisons as a measure of population isolation of Tachopteryx thoreyi (Hagen)(Odonata, Anisoptera, Petaluridae) in Missouri. Advisor, Dr. Jay Raveill, CMSU, Warrensburg, MO.

1999 The distribution of Tachopteryx thoreyi (Hagen) (Insecta, Odonata, Anisoptera, Petaluridae) in Missouri. Advisor, John Belshe Ph.D. CMSU, Warrensburg, MO.

1999 Internship at the Pacific Whale Foundation conducting research on humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) - Maui, Hawaii

 

Teaching Experience

Currently Laboratory Assistant: Insect Taxonomy. (ENTM 4005 taught by Dr. Chris Carlton).

2001 Taught AE 1826: Supplemental Instruction for Biology I. One hour credit. (Biology I, Biol 1112, taught by Dr. Jay Raveill)

2001 - 1999 Trainer for Supplemental Instruction leaders

2001 Taught Supplemental Instruction for Biology II (Biol 1112, taught by Dr. Jay Raveill)

2000 Taught Supplemental Instruction for Biology I (Biol 1111, taught by Dr. Cheryl Schmidt)

2000 Supervised Supplemental Instruction leaders for Introduction to the Sciences: Ecology, Biol 1004, and Introduction to the Sciences: Ecology, Biol 1003

1999 Taught Supplemental Instruction for Introduction to Ecology (Biol 1010, Taught by Dr. Kurt Dean) - Fall and Spring semesters

1999 Supervised Supplemental Instruction leaders for Introduction to the Sciences: Ecology, Biol 1004, and Introduction to the Sciences: Ecology, Biol 1003

1998 Taught Supplemental Instruction for Introduction to Ecology (Biol 1010, taught by Dr. Jack Butler) - Fall and Spring semesters

1998 Student lab worker for Introduction to Ecology, Biol 1010 - Fall and Spring semesters

1998 Student lab worker for Introduction to the Sciences: Ecology, Biol 1004 - Spring Semester

 

Research Interests

My main research interest is succession ecology of insects. I am particularly interested in saproxylic insects in fallen logs and abiotic factors surrounding species colonization preference. Additionally, I interested in pursuing studies of the systematics and biogeography of Odonata, Neuroptera, and Trichoptera.

 

Publications

Ferro, M. L., and R. W. Sites. Description of the larvae of Gomphidictinus perakensis (Laidlaw) with notes on distribution in Thailand. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington (in review.)

Ferro, M. L. 2005. The Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, and Trichoptera of Missouri State Parks with Notes on Biomonitoring, Mesohabitat Associations, and Distribution. Masters Thesis. University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA. xi+240pp.

Ferro, M. L., and R. W. Sites. The Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, and Trichoptera of Missouri State Parks with Notes on Biomonitoring, Mesohabitat Associations, and Distribution.

Ferro, M. L., and R. W. Sites. Biogeography of the Odonata of Thailand.

Ferro, M. L., and J. F. Belshe. (1999). The distribution of Tachopteryx thoreyi (Hagen) (Insecta, Odonata, Anisoptera, Petaluridae) in Missouri. Journal of the McNair Central Achievers Program. 8(1): 17-21.

 

Professional Presentations

2005 The Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, and Trichoptera of Missouri state parks with notes on mesohabitat associations, and distribution. (Poster presentation) North American Benthological Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana.

2004 The fauna of Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, and Trichoptera of Missouri state parks with notes on biomonitoring, mesohabitat associations, and distribution. (Oral presentation) National meeting, Entomological Society of America, Salt Lake City, Utah.

2003 Biogeography of the Odonata of Thailand with association of adults and larvae. (Poster presentation) National meeting, Entomological Society of America, Cincinnati, Ohio

1999 The distribution of Tachopteryx thoreyi (Hagen) (Insecta, Odonata, Anisoptera, Petaluridae) in Missouri. (Poster presentation) Missouri Natural Resource Conference, Osage Beach, Missouri

1999 The distribution of Tachopteryx thoreyi (Hagen) (Insecta, Odonata, Anisoptera, Petaluridae) in Missouri (Oral presentation) Heartland McNair Student Research Conference Kansas City.

 

Academic Awards and Honors

2004 First Place: Entomological Society of America Student Competition Ten Minute Oral Competition for: The fauna of Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, and Trichoptera of Missouri state parks with notes on biomonitoring, mesohabitat associations, and distribution. National meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Salt Lake City, Utah.

2004 Philip C. and Ruth E. Stone Scholarship Award in Entomology - Outstanding Graduate Student, $500

2003 Brown Graduate Research Fellowship Program, $5,000.

2003 Thomas R. Yonke Award in Insect Biodiversity, $500.

2001 CMSU Honors Project, $1,000.

2001 Distinguished Student Writer for CMSU - Writing Across the Curriculum. - Cryptoprocta ferox The past, present, and future of Madagascarís largest living carnivore.

1997 - 2001 Deans List of Academic Excellence- 9 of 9 semesters

2000 1st Place Missouri Natural Resource Conference Poster Competition - The distribution of Tachopteryx thoreyi (Hagen) (Insecta, Odonata, Anisoptera, Petaluridae) in Missouri.

2000 Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society

1999 3rd Place McNair Central Achievers Program Publication Competition

1999 McNair Scholar, $2,500.

1999 Certificate of Leadership Achievement, CMSU

1999 University Scholar Award, CMSU

1997 Distinguished Scholars Scholarship, $22,500 - CMSU

 

Professional Activities

2004 ESA Linnean Games National Competition, 1st place

2004 ESA Linnean Games State Competition, North Central Branch, 2nd place

2002 - 2005 Member of Entomological Society of America

2002 - 2004 Member of the C. V. Riley Entomology Club

2000 - 2001 President of CMSU Biology Club

2000 - 2001 Secretary/Treasure of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, CMSU

2000 Webmaster for Tree canopy biodiversity (Myxomycetes, macrofungi, mosses, liverworts, & lichens) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, funded by the National Science Foundation

1999 Office Secretary of Department of Biology and Earth Science for two months during summer session. Trained replacement secretary.

1999 Secretary of CMSU Biology Club