Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Gary Hevel

Research Associate
Department / Division
  • BS Pittsburg (Kansas) State U. 
  • Graduate studies at Kansas State U.
Research Interests

At the Smithsonian (since 1969), Gary is the public point-of-contact for the Department, and is routinely involved in collections maintenance, curation and loans of  beetles from the research collection.  From 1987 until 2012, he produced the monthly departmental newsletter, EntNews. Through the years he has led or joined insect collecting trips to 24 worldwide countries and territories, and has had a dozen insect species named for him. His latest research effort has been a multi-year survey of insects in his back yard, resulting in an estimated 4,000 different species (see Oct. 2004 issue of Smithsonian Magazine). This effort attracted the attention of a public television company in Japan, which sent a film crew to his residence in September of 2004 to film the story. The resulting documentary, “Bug-Hunter,” was broadcast nationally in Japan in December of that year. This documentary has recently been updated to an English version, currently appearing as “Insect Microcosm” on the Smithsonian Channel (Direct TV, Channel 267). Also in 2004, Gary was the primary information person at the Smithsonian for the emergence of Brood X (ten) of the periodical cicadas, and appeared in radio, television and newspaper interviews, both domestic and foreign, during the phenomenon. Further details of activities may be found in the current annual editions of “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who in the World.”