Derek Hennen

Joined: Dec 17, 2016 Last Active: Jan 17, 2021

I am a recent graduate of the Entomology Department at Virginia Tech, where I earned my PhD in millipede systematics. My research focused on the flat-backed millipedes in the order Polydesmida, particularly the Appalachian Xystodesmidae (the cherry millipedes). My current research interests include the North American millipede fauna, particularly the family Parajulidae (order Julida).

If you need help identifying millipedes, let me know! I'm happy to identify your millipede spottings, and I would also love to receive any millipede specimens you're willing to collect. I am also writing a guide to the millipedes of Ohio and am happy to identify any spottings from the state, as well as to receive any specimens you might collect.

If you're interested in sending me millipedes you find, please let me know! You can send them alive or preserved in alcohol (95% ethanol if possible), though live millipedes are preferred. To find millipedes, look under leaf litter, logs, and rocks, or go out at night with a UV flashlight--you may see some that fluoresce!

If you would like to read my papers, you can find them on my Google Scholar page here:

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