Everyone’s done a word association game at some point in their lives, so sit back, relax, and watch as Derek Woller puts eight entomologists and non-entomologists from all different backgrounds and countries on the spot and asks them to think of the first word that pops into their heads after he says an entomology-related word. This recording was made during the 2016 International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, FL.
Derek A. Woller is a PhD candidate in the Song Lab of Insect Systematics and Evolution at Texas A&M University. His research is focused on investigating the evolutionary history of a fascinating group of scrub-lovin’ grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Melanoplinae) confined to xeric habitats in the southeastern U.S.A. He has aspirations of working in an insect collection or teaching at a university one day soon (he graduates with his PhD in spring of 2017). Until then, in his spare time (of which he typically has none), he makes videos like these, enjoys doing outreach events with the public, and likes searching for (and describing) new species.