Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Nick Silverson

Museum Specialist, Entomology

B.A., Bates College

Research Interests

I am a museum liaison to the Barcode of Life Database (BOLD) working to barcode all North American Insect genera. I also provide museum support for ongoing biodiversity surveys in Papua New Guines and Kenya and run malaise traps at the US Botanic Garden and Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.


Wheeler GS, Jones E, Dyer K, Silverson N, & Wright SA. (2018). Quarantine host range and natural history of Gadirtha fusca, a potential biological control agent of Chinese tallowtree (Triadica sebifera) in North America. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 166 (11-12), 894-906 

Levesque-Beaudin, V, Rosati, ME., Silverson, N, Warne, Connor P, Brown, A, Telfer, Angela C, Sobel, CN, Miskie, RN, Miller, ME, Sones, JE, Miller, SE, & deWaard, JR. (2017). Museum harvesting in major natural history collections. Genome 60 (11):962.  

Wheeler GS, Silverson N, Dyer K & Mc Kay F. (2016). Brazilian collections and laboratory biology of a thrips, Pseudophilothrips ichini: a potential biological control agent of the invasive weed, Brazilian peppertree. Florida Entomologist 99: 6-11.  

Silverson, N & Solis MA. (2014). Reed Watkins: a passion for plume moths. News of the Lepidopterists’ Society 56:142-144  

Silverson, N & Solis MA. (2014). Ron Leuschner donates 11,000 specimens of Pyraloidea to the National Museum of Natural History. News of the Lepidopterists’ Society 56:175(174).