Museum Staff


Consider Volunteering for the Museum

We are always in need of interested and enthusiastic volunteers.

Entomology is a broad field and if you have a specialty or want to learn more about what we offer, please email our research associate Chuck Harp

Dr. Paul A. Opler

Assistant Director
18-E Hartshorn

Dr. Crystal Cooke

Entomology Instructor and Curator
18-A Hartshorn

Chuck Harp

Research Associate
18-Q Hartshorn

Dr. Donald Bright

Coleoptera Curator

Dr. Todd Gilligan

USDA-APHIS Lepidopterist

Dr. Tim McNary

Museum Associates


Ms. Barbara Bartell Blackhawk, Colorado – Donates large numbers of Lepidoptera annually.
Donald Bowman Littleton, Colorado – donates Lepidoptera.
Janet Chu Boulder, Colorado – donates Lepidoptera, supports museum.
Dr. Whitney Cranshaw Fort Collins, Colorado – donates many important species from his studies on household and horticultural insects.
Ken Davenport Bakersfield, California – donates large number of California Lepidoptera annually, author of Gillette series publication.
Dr. Boyce Drummond Ft. Collins, Colorado – curates Lepidoptera and librarian for the Bruner Library
Richard S. Durfee Hamilton, Montana – expert in the taxonomy of North Ephemeroptera, Dytiscidae, Haliplidae, and Chironomidae. Identifies selected aquatic insect groups.
Scott D. Ellis LaPorte, Colorado – donates Colorado butterflies and moths.
Dr. Clifford D. Ferris Emeritus Professor University of Wyoming, Laramie – identifies and donates Lepidoptera.
Mike Fisher Montrose, Colorado – author of the butterflies of Colorado in the Gillette series. Donates identified butterflies.
Don Givens Wellington, Colorado – identifies, donates, and curates caddisfly collection.
Dr. Anthony Joern Ft. Collins, Colorado – curates Hymenoptera (bees)
Dr. John A. Hyatt Kingsport, Tennessee – donates identified Lepidoptera.
Sam Johnson Colorado Springs, Colorado – donated his entire valuable Colorado Lepidoptera collection.
Michael G. Kippenhan McMinnville, Oregon – identifies and donates Coleoptera, especially Cicindelinae.
David Leatherman Fort Collins, Colorado – forest insect specialist, donates 1,000’s of specimens annually.  Particular areas of interest are bark beetles, wood borers, prey of insectivorous birds, especially shrikes, and pompilid wasps in genus Dipogon.” 
Dr. John Nordin University of Wyoming, Laramie – donated personal collection of >100,000 Lepidoptera, Trichoptera, and Cicindelinae.
Bill Prather – identifies and donates Odonata and other insects
Dr. Will K. Reeves USDA-APHIS Fort Collins, Colorado – identifies and donated medically and other important insect groups.
Dave Ruiter Grants Pass, Oregon – expert on North American Trichoptera; donates Ephemeroptera and Plecoptera
Dr. James A. Scott Lakewood, Colorado – identifies and donated Lepidoptera and other insect groups
Dr. Ray E. Stanford Medford, Oregon – donated personal collection of more than 100,000 butterflies.
Dr. J. Bolling Sullivan Beaufort, North Carolina – contributes Lepidoptera from Southeastern United States.
David Wikle Pasadena, California – donates Lepidoptera.
Dr. Andrew D. Warren Gainesville, Florida – Senior Collections Manager, McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Hesperiidae expert.
Dr. Michael Weissmann Westminster, Colorado – curates CDC mosquito collection