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Genera Ichneumonorum Nearcticae
About the Institute
AMERICAN ENTOMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE
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Gainesville, FL 32608-5047
The American Entomological Institute (AEI) is a non-profit research foundation with the purpose of promoting systematic research on insects and other arthropods. Located in Gainesville, Florida, its nucleus is a collection of approximately 1.2 million Hymenoptera. For parasitoid Hymenoptera, the collection is one of the largest in the world. The geographic representation is worldwide. The AEIs library is one of the most complete sets of taxonomic literature for Hymenoptera in one location.
The collection was assembled through the efforts of Drs. Henry and Marjorie Townes, starting in 1934. The main focus has been the family Ichneumonidae. With about 800,000 specimens from around the world, no ichneumonid collection is more complete or as well curated. It is the ultimate reference for workers studying the systematics of this family. Holdings of Braconidae are significant, consisting of about 176,000 specimens. The remainder of the collection consists of about 19,000 Symphyta, 99,000 "microhymenoptera" and small apocritan families, and 105,000 Aculeata. The type collection numbers 3640 holotypes.
The AEI publishes two prominent journals: Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute and Contributions of the American Entomological Institute. Both focus on arthropod systematics. Memoirs (beginning in 1961) deal with monographic studies or catalogs of 300 printed pages or more; Contributions (beginning in 1964) takes smaller papers (32-250 pages). They are published at irregular intervals.
The death of Dr. Henry Townes in 1990 marked the end of an era for the AEI. His vision and unmatched capabilities will be sorely missed. He believed, however, in the viability of the AEI and left a firm foundation for its maintenance and expansion. It is organized as a non-profit [501(c)(3)] corporation. Policies, budget, and property are governed by a Board of Directors.
Directors and Officers of the American Entomological Institute
Dr. Andrew Bennett, Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
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