Ethno-entomology

In 2005, I collaborated with Dr. Miriam Aldasoro and Dr. Stevan Harrell (Univ. of Washington) to study the ethno-entomology of the Nuosu people, a minority group living in underdeveloped mountainous areas of southwestern China. In this first systematic investigation of Nuosu’s traditional myths, taxonomy and medicine in relation to insects. We gave the Nuosu children entomology lessons, in which we compared their traditional system and the Linnaean system. This project has inspired new educational approaches in ethno-biology and the results were presented at conferences and as manuscripts.