Jay L. Keller Curator

I am a financial services professional based in southern California by trade, but my lifelong passion for study of the natural world has culminated into what I consider to be a parallel "career" as a naturalist and wildlife photographer. In an effort to contribute as much as possible to our understanding of the natural world, I spend an inordinate amount of time documenting everything that flowers, slithers, walks, swims and flies.

My enthusiasm for nature began at about age eight with a keen interest in nature, especially scarab beetles and other insects. Starting at age 13, I spent summers assisting with the re-sorting of the Pennsylvania State University collection and leading public tours at the Frost Entomological Museum, eventually amassing with my own 8,000 specimen collection. For the most part, I now "collect" specimens through photography.

I transitioned my interest primarily to ornithology in my later teens, later setting various Big Day/Month/Year records, starting a new CBC and leading dozens of public walks.

As an undergraduate at Penn State in the late 90s, I was employed with the Department of Agronomy and participated in various turfgrass research initiatives dealing with soil amendments, bentgrass morphogenesis, fungal resistance among others (see pubs below). In the past few years, I extended my PSU agronomic experience to finally tackle the challenging broader field of botany, which in many ways now dominates my biological surveying.

As far as my observations submitted here, I do the best I can with identifications - especially with less familiar taxa - so please don't expect perfection and correct me when needed. That said, if you disagree with an ID I have made to species, I would appreciate some sort of evidentiary explanation so I may learn. Thanks!

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Publications, Volunteerism and Accolades

Creeping Bentgrass Morphogenesis and Competition
http://plantscience.psu.edu/research/centers/turf/research/annual-reports/1999ARR.pdf

Valuation of an athletic field root-zone amended with DuPont shredded carpet
http://plantscience.psu.edu/research/centers/turf/research/annual-reports/1999ARR.pdf

1992 Daily Collegian Newspaper article citing my volunteerism at the Frost Entomological Museum:
http://www.collegian.psu.edu/arts_and_entertainment/article_dd3cf442-216a-56f0-81d5-b509f427f54e.html

Conservation of Virginia's Merrimac Farm:
http://www.pwconserve.org/issues/conservation/merrimacfarm/

Protecting the Quantico Creek Watershed:
http://www.pwconserve.org/wildlife/birds/lists/possumpoint.htm

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Me being a PFB
Photo by BJ Stacey

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