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Pacific Northwest Insects


Dr. Merrill A. Peterson will speak about about why he devoted more than 10,000 hours over the last decade to write and produce his new book, Pacific Northwest Insects. For this field guide, Peterson traveled throughout the Pacific Northwest to photograph live insects. He hiked snowfields, waded through swamps, and crawled through fields and forests in pursuit of particular species. Merrill A. Peterson is Professor and Chair of Biology and the Insect Collection Curator at WWU, where he has taught various courses in entomology, ecology, and evolutionary biology since 1997. He has authored numerous papers on insect ecology, evolution, and diversity, and oversaw the development of the Pacific Northwest Moths website. His natural history photographs have been published in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Butterflies of Cascadia, Life Histories of Cascadia Butterflies, and many other places. This event is offered as part of the Western Libraries Reading Series, which is dedicated to showcasing the scholarly and creative work of Western faculty and staff by featuring diverse speakers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines who are engaged in research, writing, and teaching at Western. For more information about this event, please contact abby koehler at or 360-650-3342.


• Thu 2/21/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

To Catch a Map Thief


Retired librarian Robert Lopresti will present “To Catch a Map Thief” on Wednesday, February 27 at 4 p.m. at WWU in the Map Collection, located in Wilson Library Room 290. In 2006, there was a major map theft at WWU. Rob Lopresti will talk about a two-year investigation by Western Libraries personnel that eventually drew in the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and Montana State government, and ultimately resulted in the conviction of a man who had stolen publications from more than 100 libraries around the country. Lopresti retired in 2018 after 31 years as a librarian at Western, including eight years as map librarian. He recently won the Lane/Saunders Research Award for his recent nonfiction book, “When Women Didn’t Count: The Chronic Mismeasure and Marginalization of American Women in Federal Statistics,” and is also a prize-winning mystery author. This talk is offered as part of the Western Libraries Speaking of Maps lectures, designed to highlight the use and value of maps in research, in teaching and learning, and in daily life.


• Wed 2/27/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM