James Edwin Berrian, BS

James Berrian

Title: (Retired) Field Entomologist
Company: San Diego Natural History Museum
Location: San Diego, California, United States

James Berrian, Retired Field Entomologist at the San Diego Natural History Museum, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in entomology.

In preparation for his career, Mr. Berrian attended Southwestern College, where he earned an Associate of Arts in zoology, with honors, in 1976. He continued his academic pursuits at San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science in zoology in 1978, and from 1979 to 1983 he completed postgraduate coursework at the institution. In 1984, he became a certified teacher at National University. After garnering experience in several professional roles, including working for the San Diego County Department of Agriculture and the San Diego Natural History Museum, Mr. Berrian worked as a science teacher from 1984 to 1992. From 1993 until his retirement, he worked as both a science teacher for the El Cajon Valley High School and as a field entomologist for the San Diego Natural History Museum. In addition, he served as an associate in herpetology and entomology for the museum from 1997 until his retirement.

Mr. Berrian has found additional success through his written work, contributing multiple articles to professional publications in herpetology and arachnology. He has maintained affiliation to the National Center for Science Education, the American Arachnological Society and the United States Naval Institute. From 1970 to 1974, he served as a hospital corpsman in the United States Navy and received an honorable discharge. Mr. Berrian believed from a young age that he wanted to become either a historian or an architect, but after being exposed to science by his father, a PhD holder in embryology, he returned to his roots following his return from military service. He considers working with a Mexican arachnologist named Mario Jimenez to be the highlight of his career. They published four papers together, one of which studied and described a new species of spider. He credits numerous mentors, including Dr. Gregory Pregill and Dr. Michael Wall, as influences and inspirations in his career. As a further testament to his success, Mr. Berrian has been featured in the 25th and 26th editions of Who’s Who in the West.

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