Hello from Chris Goforth, aka the Dragonfly Woman! If you arrived here, you probably wanted to learn a little more about the crazy woman who tells strange stories and goes on and on about aquatic insect respiration on this blog. I’d hate to disappoint, so here is everything you ever wanted to know about me or my blog condensed down into a few bullet points.
— I am a bona fide entomologist/scientist – I have an undergraduate degree in biology and a grad degree in entomology. I don’t know whether that makes me seem any more reliable or trustworthy to my readers or not, but there it is. I study aquatic insects, especially behavior and respiration in giant water bugs and dragonflies. If you’ve spent any time here in the summer, you’ll know I also run a citizen science project called the Dragonfly Swarm Project.
— I am NOT a taxonomist, so I will get the occasional identification wrong. If you happen to notice a mistake, please let me know (use that Contact Me button above). It’s frustrating enough to read all the misinformation about insects online without being part of the problem.
— I cover a variety of topics, but everything is at least tangentially related to insects. I had originally intended for this blog to be purely educational, but it’s evolved into more of a celebration of insects, scientifically, culturally, and personally. I like it better this way.
— I am currently employed by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences as the manager of citizen science and I am stationed at the museum’s field station, Prairie Ridge. I couldn’t have asked for a better job.
— Everything I say on this blog is entirely my own opinion. This is a personal blog and I take full responsibility for everything I write.
I am very excited to share my insect obsession with the world. I hope you enjoy what I have to say! And if you want to say hi, please leave a comment in one of my posts or click Contact Me at the top. I’d love to hear from you!
Why Dragonfly Woman? – check out my very first post to find out.
Christine L. Goforth
Text copyright © C. L. Goforth