Butterflies of Alaska – 2nd edition! Available now.

The second edition includes the recently described (2016) Oeneis tanana as well as addresses several taxonomic issues; a flight-period graphic has been added. The book  pages have been reformatted such that there is coverage of only one species per page.  Maps have been updated to reflect additional records obtained after the first edition was published.


First Alaskan records and a significant northern range extension for two species of Diplura (Diplura, Campodeidae)

Appearing in the journal ZooKeys on 15.Feb.2016, this article includes an introductory review of soil microarthropod research in Alaska.


Sikes DS, Allen RT (2016) First Alaskan records and a significant northern range extension for two species of Diplura (Diplura, Campodeidae). ZooKeys 563: 147-157. doi:10.3897/zookeys.563.6404

Presentations and posters from the 9th annual meeting

Presentations, posters, and audio from the 9th annual meeting are now available via the links below.

CAPS program in Alaska
Jacque Shade, Alaska DNR (audio)

Inventorying arthropods on Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge by next generation sequencing
Matt Bowser, USFWS; Kristin DuBour, USFWS; Beth Schulz, USFS; John Hanson, Research and Testing Laboratory (audio)

What is pestering Alaska?
Ken Perry, Paratex (audio)

Response of arthropod communities to shrub expansion in Western Alaska
Molly McDermott, IAB, UAF (audio)

An update on the Kenelm W. Phillip Lepidoptera collection at the University of Alaska Museum
Kathryn Daly, UAF, UAM (audio)

Building a DNA barcode library of Alaskan non-marine arthropods
Derek S. Sikes, UAF, UAM; Casey Bickford; Sarah Meierotto; Kyndall Hildebrandt (audio)

Highlights from the FHP program in Alaska
John Lundquist, USFS; Steve Swenson, USFS; Garret Dubois, USFS (audio)

Soil mites of interior Alaska
Robin Andrews, IAB, UAF

A preliminary morphological and molecular phylogeny of the rove beetle genus Phlaeopterus (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Omaliinae: Anthophagini)
Logan Mullen, UAF, UAM; Derek S. Sikes, UAF, UAM

Post-fire succession of ant communities in boreal Alaska
Alexandria Wenninger, UAF; Diane Wagner, UAF

Great Summer Positions with the Forest Service

US Forest Service Forest Health Protection is currently advertising three seasonal technician positions at two grade levels in Juneau, Anchorage and Fairbanks on USAJobs.   This is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in entomology and/or enjoys working in the field!  The positions are only open until Thursday, Feb 4th:

GS4 level: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/427778900

GS5 level: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/427786100