Brian Gooding Curator

I'm Brian. I'm a nature lover currently living in north Texas. I like exploring the world and meeting people, writing and making music.

Dragonfly hunting has taken me all over the world, from Peru to Malaysia to Taiwan and more. Just kidding...life has taken me those places but I concentrated on dragonflies while I was there.

I do not have a formal scientific background but have learned about insects (mostly Odonata) from self-study and constant curiosity. I have focused primarily on dragonflies until recently but I am interested in all organisms and their interactions with each other, and ours with them.

Since finding iNaturalist I've gotten more into bioblitzes, community events and citizen science. I enjoy speaking about and showing children (or adults) dragonflies and other creatures and helping spark their interest in our overlooked co-residents and the natural world.

Last year (2016) in order to promote interest in science and highlight local biodiversity I created an educational display on the dragonflies and damselflies of Tarrant County, Texas (where I currently live). A digital version of it can be found here: The Odonata of Tarrant County

On iNaturalist I administer these projects in hopes of aggregating behavioral data that may not always be observable at-will in the field:

Odonata - anomalies (morphological and behavioral)
Odonata - as prey
Odonata - eating
Odonata - emerging complications
Odonata - parasitism
Odonata - inter/intraspecies aggression
Argia ID project

Feel free to join and contribute.
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iNat guide I created for the Odonata at the Colleyville Nature Center

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