Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Jeremy Frank

Museum Specialist, Collections Management

Ph. D., Richard Gilder Graduate School, AMNH
B. A., Case Western Reserve University

Curatorial Discipline

As a museum specialist with the Collections Management team, I work to improve the NMNH’s entomology holdings through inventorying and databasing our specimens, as well as incorporating new specimen acquisitions. I also help maintain research access to our holdings through aiding in specimen loans and imaging.

Research Interests

My research interests are primarily in solitary wasps, especially the sand wasps of the genus Bembix (Hymenoptera, Bembicidae). My work has focused on the taxonomy and phylogenetic history of the group, as well as the evolution of their complex nesting behaviors.

  • The biology and research history of the solitary wasp genus Bembix: A brief review. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 115, 232-238.
  • The Curious Troglodytes: Insects Underground. Presented at the 1242nd meeting of the Entomological Society of Washington, February 2024 (