Dragonflies & Damselflies of a Restored Pennsylvania Wetlands
Speaker/Guide: Dennis M. McNair
PHD, Emeritus Biology Professor, Univ of Pittsburgh - Johnstown
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall
In the early 1990s, an old cornfield was restored to its historic wetland status, with large and small ponds excavated and diked, and native vegetation returned. Once the habitat was established, Dennis McNair, emeritus biology professor at University of Pittsburgh, began monitoring the birds, plants and insects as they returned. He gave special attention to the establishment of odonate (dragonfly and damselfly) species. The effort verifies "if you build it, they will come."
Dennis received his A.B. in Biology from Whitman College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Zoology from Southern Illinois Univ. He taught at Western Illinois Univ. and Wright State Univ. before moving to the Univ. of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 1980. He chaired the Biology Dept. for 21 years with research centered on aquatic insects, especially dragonflies and damselflies.