David Funk is interested in all aspects of aquatic insect biology, especially the resolution of species using genetics, reproductive biology, and life history data. He has also combined his interests in entomology and photography to produce an extensive collection of images of aquatic insects in their native habitats.
I have been taking pictures of insects for more than 35 years and have developed special equipment such as a shallow underwater rig (pictured below) for taking in-stream photos of aquatic insects. My photographs have appeared in numerous books and magazines, including Natural History, Scientific American, Ranger Rick, National Wildlife, Wings (Xerces Society), BBC Wildlife, and Nature Australia.
Stroud Center entomologist David Funk documented the unusual behavior of an orthoclad midge species at Lake Umbagog on the Maine/New Hampshire border: Adult females fly over the lake and extrude long strings of eggs which they eventually drop into the water.
Low Levels of Fracking Wastewater Highly Toxic to Mayflies: Stroud Center scientists find mayflies, whose presence indicates good water quality, are significantly affected by low levels of produced water.
Where the Wells Run Dry: To predict the potential impact of climate variability, climate change, land use, and human activity on water resources in the Central Great Plains, Melinda Daniels, Ph.D., is leading a three-year research project recently funded by the National Science Foundation.