Our research is broad in scope but generally falls into one or more of four main categories:
- Insect Systematics - Several projects focus on revising species and higher-level taxa, uncovering the evolutionary history of of Insecta, identifying specimens, and developing tools that enable others to determine their specimens.
- Biodiversity Informatics - Our databasing efforts (specimen data, ontologies) aim to improve the science of biodiversity information - i.e., how we communicate, store, transmit, and avail biodiversity data.
- North Carolina's Biodiversity - By combining the latest biodiversity informatics with our constant efforts to identify North Carolina's fauna we hope to reveal patterns in North Carolina's insect fauna across space and time.
- The Science of Curation - One of our primary missions is to preserve insect specimens (including vouchers and types) for posterity and to organize them in a way that maximizes information retrieval. We are actively involved in exploring methods that enable efficient research.
We also host a series of research websites:
- TREEHOPPERS: Deitz, L. L., and M. S. Wallace (team leaders). 2010 (and updates). Treehoppers: Aetalionidae, Melizoderidae, and Membracidae (Hemiptera). http://treehoppers.insectmuseum.org/
- The Hymenoptera Anatomy Ontology. 2009-present. http://hymao.org/
- Dancefly pages. 2010-present. http://danceflies.insectmuseum.org/