Hi, my name is Kathy Ebert and I really enjoy working with Bugs Ed because it involves a winning combination of amazing insects and enthusiastic children!
Dr Kathy Ebert
I have always been interested in natural history and animal behaviour so I studied biology as an undergraduate at the University of California, then continued with postgraduate studies in Zoology and Science education. I completed a Masters degree at Washington State University and spent several years working as a Ranger Naturalist with the US National Park Service. I also worked in science education at the Yale-Peabody Museum of Natural History where I presented natural history programs to school groups including a hands-on insect discovery program with giant hissing roaches!
When I moved to Australia, I was able to very lucky to get involved with the Invertebrate Survey Team at the Museum of Victoria. It was here that I gained invaluable experience collecting and identifying invertebrates.
After taking a break for several years to raise four children, I returned to work in science education, joining the Bugs Ed team and tutoring Insect Science at the University of Queensland. My passion for insects eventually led me to pursue a PhD studying the fascinating behaviour of dung beetles. These days, I still keep involved with Bugs Ed but in a more minor role, so that I have time to continue with my dung beetle research and teaching work at UQ.
I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn about so many amazing insects and to be able to share what I know with others.