Systematic Entomology Laboratory
The staff of the Systematic Entomology Laboratory work at 2 locations: The Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC) in Beltsville, Maryland and the National Museum of Natural History, Washington, District of Columbia. The Acting Research Leader is Dr. M. Alma Solis and the Laboratory Support Services Assistant is Ms. Pat Espenshade.
Beltsville Agricultural Research Center
The SEL is part of the Beltsville Area of the Agricultural Research Service. As such, the Lab is headquartered at the Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Beltsville, MD. Located just outside the Washington Capital Beltway and about 2 miles from the University of Maryland at College Park, the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world. The Lab's main office is located in Building 005 on BARC-West. The Research Leader, Secretaries, and the Communications & Taxonomic Services Unit are located on the first floor of this building. The collections, scientists, and technicians are located on the ground floor. The Sternorrhyncha / Thysanoptera / Acari unit has four scientists who work at Beltsville. Recently, the collections of Orthoptera and termites have also been transferred to Bldg. 005 from the Natural History Museum. Two of our personnel who do molecular systematics research have facilities on the 3rd floor of Building 011A (Biosciences Research Building) at BARC.
The postal address for our staff at Beltsville is:
Systematic Entomology Laboratory, USDA, ARS
Building 005, Room 137, BARC-West
10300 Baltimore Avenue
Beltsville, MD 20705-2350
The Location Leader for Beltsville is Dr. Douglass R. Miller. The main office telephone is 301-504-5183.
The National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
The majority of the SEL's scientists work in the National Museum of Natural History on the Mall in Washington, DC. Only blocks from the White House and the Capitol, the National Museum is at the heart of the nation's most famous complex of museums. Since the late 1800s when the USDA first founded the National Insect Collection, USDA scientists have been an integral part of this world-class collection. Two research Units are housed in the Museum: Hymenoptera/Lepidoptera and Diptera/Coleoptera. Also included are scientists working on Auchenorrhyncha, and Heteroptera.
The postal address for our staff at Washington is:
Systematic Entomology Laboratory, USDA
c/o U. S. National Museum of Natural History,
Washington, DC. 20560-0168
The Location Leader for Washington is Dr. Michael Pogue. The Support Services Assistant at NMNH is Mr. Ed Synan. The phone number of the NMNH location office is 202-382-1806.