Research Assistant II
Gantz Family Collections Center
Stephanie Ware is currently a research assistant in the Division of Insects currently working with Dr. Petra Sierwald. She also works with Mary Hennen in the Division of Birds monitoring the Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) populations in Illinois.
Stephanie started volunteering at the Field Museum in 1998, working with Curator John Bates in the Bird Division. In 1999, John Bates hired her as a research assistant. After that project finished in 2007, she went to work for Carl Dick in the Division of Insects helping him to complete his work on the museum's Bat Fly collection. She spent a great deal of time generating images for the Bat Fly portion of the Diptera Taxonomy Database. When Carl left for University of Kentucky in 2009, she continued her imaging work in the Insect Division. In the intervening years, she has imaged hundreds specimens, mostly types, from the rove beetle (Staphylinidae), ant and myriapoda collections.
Stephanie began working with the Chicago Peregrine Program in 2006. Initially, she monitored the Metropolitan Correctional Center nest in downtown Chicago. Over time, her duties have expanded to include other nests in the metro region, emphasizing the identification of nesting adults. In March of 2007, Stephanie created a group called Midwest Peregrine Falcons on the photo sharing website Flickr with the goal of providing a place for photographers across the country to submit their photographs of peregrine sightings in the Midwestern United States. She also has many of her own peregrine photos on Flickr as well.
Recent Blog Posts
- Evolutionary atlas of Malawian birds
- Systematics and Taxonomy of Cichlids in the Genus Thorichthys
- Molecular Evolution of Quillworts (Isoetes)
- Evolution of Mitochondrial DNA in Ferns
- Let's discover the "invisible world" - Using next-generation sequencing to uncover the microbial community inside spiny ants
- An assessment of the relative thickness and density of limb bones in extinct diving birds (Aves, Hesperornithidae)
- Is everything everywhere? - Understanding hidden diversity of tropical lichens
- Bringing Collections to Life: Analysis of Specimen Data Using Modern Bioinformatics Tools
- Bryozone—A home for the biodiversity of a colonial animal phylum
- Holotypes across the Sciences