Elliott Gordon Curator

Joined: Apr 30, 2021 Last Active: Jul 25, 2024 iNaturalist

I am a Civil Engineer in New Mexico (USA) and all-around nature lover. Despite my many identifications, please apply your own judgement before agreeing with my IDs.

Hablo español, pero necesito traducir muchas palabras científicas.

I am working on a revision of North American beetles in the genus Ripiphorus. Please consider collecting specimens for scientific research or loaning specimens to me if you already have a collection. link1 link2 link3

I mostly identify observations in NM and surrounding states. I like to help with insect identification, especially:

For Penstemon, please visit my journals (many under construction).

American Penstemon Society Bulletin 83, Checklist of the Penstemon of Mexico and Guatemala. Article featuring iNaturalist data and credited plant pictures.

Neighborhood ambassador with Friends of Valle de Oro to promote gardening for wildlife in central NM. I use iNat to track garden visitors and inhabitants (2,000 total species and counting).

I obscure certain observations in Colorado, NM, and Texas for privacy. It's safe to assume that obscured observations in each state are at the same location, unless they are a sensitive/protected species.

Other organizations I volunteer with are Xerces Society, UNM Museum of Southwestern Biology, NM Butterfly Monitoring Network, and as an editor on bugguide.net. I am a member of the Native Plant Society of NM, Cactus and Succulent Society of NM, American Penstemon Society, and Society of Southwestern Entomologists.

Articles and posts featuring my garden:

Instagram: @desert_pollinators
Reddit: u/Pollinator-Web
North American Bee Parasites: spreadsheet
Since I always forget where to find it: Frequently Used Responses and Year in Review

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