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Associate Curator of Insects
Year Started: 
1985
Introduction: 

Thayer is a curator in the Division of Insects in the Field Museum's Zoology Department, where she conducts specimen-based research on rove beetles (Staphylinidae) and, as Division Head, oversees the collection of over 12 million specimens and lots of insects and other arthropods. She is currently co-PI (with Invertebrates Curator Rüdiger Bieler) of a large NSF-funded renovation grant that will construct new collaborative lab spaces for Insects and Invertebrates research and modernize and enhance the facilities for the research collections of both divisions.

Margaret is particularly interested in the evolution, biogeography, and biology of rove beetles of the Austral region: Australia, New Zealand, southern South America, and South Africa and has also worked extensively with the North American fauna. Her systematic research is based mainly on study of morphological features, but she collaborates with colleagues on research using molecular (DNA sequence) data to help understand the evolution of rove beetles and their relatives.  Field work is an essential part of her research program that she enjoys tremendously, and she has done field work in the United States and nine other countries.