Database staff in the Albert J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection have spent the past year entering label data from North American butterflies and moths into a multi-organizational database.
The National Science Foundation is funding a $3.2 million effort to digitize millions of butterfly and moth specimens within the Lepidoptera of the North American Network.
An updated database of insect specimens in the A.J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection is now live at Symbiota Collection of Arthropods Network.
In April and May of 2015, Room 443 in the Natural Science Building was converted and added to the museum space to house the Collembola collections of Dr. Richard Snider and Kenneth Christiansen.
In 2012, Eric Metzler, Adjunct Curator in the ARC, completed a volunteer study begun in 2007 that was supported by the National Park Service to sample moths from Carlsbad Caverns National Park and White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.
Three faculty members and three staff members from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) were honored for their outstanding contributions to education and research at the annual MSU Awards Convocation on Feb. 11.
Through the efforts of Dr. Richard Snider, arrangements had been made to bring the Ken Christiansen Collembola Collection to MSU upon Ken's retirement from Grinnell College in Iowa.
Thanks to the efforts of Mo Nielsen, in April, Mr. Bruce Wilson of Owosso, MI donated his Lepidoptera collection to the ARC.
In 2008, through the generous allocation of funds by the Michigan Agriculture Experiment Station, Department of Entomology, and the ARC Endowment fund, nearly $50,000 was received for the renovation of new space.