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July 1, 2013

St. Edward's University Hires John Abbott as New Director of Wild Basin Creative Research Center

AUSTIN, Texas (July 1, 2013) — St. Edward’s University has selected Dr. John Abbott as the new Director of the Wild Basin Creative Research Center. Abbott, formerly the curator of entomology for the Texas Natural Science Center at UT, will work to develop and implement a vision and strategic plan for Wild Basin keeping with its educational and conservation mission. The implementation of the vision and strategic plan will include interacting with local, regional, national, and international preserve programs, educational, and government entities.

Abbott received his doctorate in Biology from the University of North Texas in 1999 with a bio-geographical study of the dragonflies and damselflies of the south-central U.S. After a short post-doctoral stint at the Stroud Water Research Center at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, Abbott took a faculty position at the University of Texas at Austin.

In 2006 he became Curator of Entomology for the Texas Natural Science Center at the University of Texas. Abbott taught General Entomology and Aquatic Entomology classes at the University of Texas, and he lead student groups to such exotic locales such as Costa Rica, Honduras, the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii and Mexico.

One of his passions is educating students and the public about insects. He has held many successful outreach events including the popular Insecta Fiesta. His research focuses on aquatic insects, particularly the systematics and biogeography of dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata).  Abbott is also the creator of OdonataCentral, a community minded citizen-science based website where users can view and submit records of dragonflies and damselflies from the New World.

Abbott will report to the Dean of the School of Natural Sciences.  Click here more information on the Wild Basin Creative Research Center.

About St. Edward’s University

St. Edward’s is a private, liberal arts Catholic university in the Holy Cross Tradition with more than 5,000 students. Located in Austin, Texas, with a network of partner universities around the world, St. Edward’s is a diverse community that offers undergraduate and graduate programs designed to inspire students with a global perspective. St. Edward's University has been recognized for ten consecutive years as one of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report, and ranks in the top 20 of Best Regional Universities in the Western Region.  St. Edward’s has also been recognized by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.

Stephen Rodriguez
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