There is growing concern about declines in insect populations, particularly in aerial insects. Beginning in 2020, Amherst College students have used passive Malaise traps to collect small samples of aerial insects as part of a continent-wide monitoring initiative.

The first results of that collaboration were published in March 2023.

A tent in an open field under a blue sky

Ecology Society of America

Read the article “Extensive regional variation in the phenology of insects and their response to temperature across North America,” published in Ecology Society of America in March 2023.