Title: Research Collaborator
Company: Smithsonian Institution
Location: Washington DC, United States
Gary F. Hevel, Research Collaborator at the Smithsonian Institution, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Entomology.
Mr. Hevel has been a tarantula wrangler for National Geographic, a collector of insects in 24 countries and territories, holds the world record for kinds of insects collected at a residence, and is the discoverer of nearly 400 new insect species. He is frequently interviewed by news outlets like BBC, CBS, and CNN, as well as Spanish and Chinese television and the London Daily Telegraph. Mr. Hevel has held numerous positions with the Smithsonian, most recently as a public information officer of the department of entomology. He continues to collaborate with Smithsonian, and is a prolific contributor to scientific literature. He is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and was selected for the pages of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.
Born in Salida, Colorado to Francis Marion and Doris Hevel, Mr. Hevel attended Pittsburg State University to earn a BS in 1969. He worked with the U.S. military as a consultant early in his career, and has been a resource for Dorling Kindersley Limited, Orkin, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USA Weekend Magazine for USA TODAY, and in recent years for IMAX and Andrew Stewart Publications. He joined the Smithsonian in 1969 as a museum specialist, and became a collections manager of the department of Entomology from 1973 to 1995. In 1995, he took on the role of public information officer until 2011, and still collaborates with the institution.
Mr. Hevel is the editor of “Insects and Spiders,” the co-developer of “BugFest”, and the co-editor of “Animal” and “Bio Blitz”. He has contributed reams of articles and documentaries toward the study of insects, and is a member of the Coleopterists Society, the New York Entomological Society, Inc., the Entomological Society of Washington, the Entomological Society of America, and the Kansas Entomological Society. In his free time, Mr. Hevel enjoys photography, stamp collecting, and bird watching. He is the proud father of Amanda Simone and Derek Forrest, and is the husband of Julie Anne Fortin.
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