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Taxonomic Support Staff
Eric Coombs
Eric M. Coombs
 
e-mail: ecoombs@oda.state.or.us
Phone: (503) 986-4624
Lead biological control entomologist. Primary expertise with arthropods introduced for biological control of weeds. Additional expertise with Oregon Odonata and Acrididae of eastern Oregon.


James LaBonte
James R. LaBonte
 
E-mail: jlabonte@oda.state.or.us
Phone: (503) 986-4749
Lead taxonomic and survey entomologist. Curator of the ODA Insect Museum. Particular expertise in Coleoptera (especially Carabidae and Scolytinae); Siricidae and Oregon Formicidae (Hymenoptera). Personal research interests in the behavior, ecology, and taxonomy of Carabidae, especially of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

Steve Valley
Steven A. Valley
 
E-mail: svalley@oda.state.or.us
Telephone: (503) 986-6459
Entomologist / Insect Imaging Specialist. Expertise with Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies). Expertise with high magnification extended depth-of-field digital photography and image processing, and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM).
 
View Steve's images on the bugwood website.

Josh Vlach
Joshua J. Vlach
 
E-mail:  jvlach@oda.state.or.us
Phone:  (503) 986-6458
Entomologist and assistant curator of the ODA insect museum. Particular expertise with blood-sucking Diptera (especially Culicidae) and Homoptera.

Richard L. Westcott
Richard L. Westcott
 
E-mail: rwestcott@oda.state.or.us
Phone: (503) 986-4649
Retired Taxonomic and Survey Entomologist. Former curator of the ODAC. Particular expertise in Coleoptera, especially Buprestidae, as well as Diptera: Tephritidae (especially Rhagoletis spp.). Rick generously continues to volunteer his time at ODA to assist with insect identifications and work on the museum. He is a Cooperating Scientist for the Taxonomic Services Unit, Systematic Entomology Lab, USDA, identifying Buprestidae, mostly from interceptions at U.S. ports of entry.

Richard A. Worth
Richard A. Worth
 
E-mail: rworth@oda.state.or.us
Phone: (503) 986-4641
Entomologist. Particular expertise with Lepidoptera. Identifications of all macro-Lepidoptera (larger moths and butterflies). Developing expertise with micro-Lepidoptera (small moths). Identifications of lepidopteran larvae (caterpillars). Field work and other activities include rearing, light trapping, and insect biological control (especially for cereal leaf beetle). Personal research interests include caterpillar rearing, the moths of Oregon and California, and the life histories and taxonomy of New World Ctenuchini and Euchromiini (Arctiidae).