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MuseumPests First Ever Public Presentation Session!

March 11, 2021, 12:00 – 4:30 (GMT -5:00)

Join us for MuseumPests First Public Presentation Session.  For those who haven’t already RSVP’d to receive a direct Zoom link, you can access the program via Facebook Live on the MuseumPests page.  The session will be recorded and archived along with the presentations here on Brief abstracts are posted on our Conferences page

SESSION 1 12:00 – 2:00 USA Eastern Time (GMT -5:00)
(GMT -5:00)
Title and Authors
12:00 Welcome and MuseumPests introduction
Matthew Mickletz, MP-WG Co-Chair
12:15 IPM at The Met During the Covid Lockdown
Michael Millican, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
12:25 The Impact of COVID-19 on the Integrated Pest Management Program at the Worcester Art Museum
Hae Min Park, Worcester Art Museum
12:35 The Mysterious Case of the Blue Feather: Keeping an Eye on Materials Approved for Museum Events
Julie McInnis, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
12:45 An Efficient and Pest Resistant Storage System For Adult Odonata Specimens, With Application For Other Museum Collections
Claudia Copley, David C. A. Blades and Kasey Lee, Royal BC Museum
12:55 The Sports Collection of Sport Lisboa e Benfica
Ana Nascimento, Sport Lisboa e Benfica Cultural Heritage
1:05 Potential Applications of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) in Museum IPM
Elizabeth Salmon, UCLA
1:15 IPM, Protecting Our Cultural Heritage: A Survey of Collections Care Trends
Eric Breitung, Lisa Goldberg, Zoe Hughs, Suzanne Ryder, Julie Unruh, Joel Voron
1:25 The Latin Bug: Launching en Español
Jessica Lewinsky, Fabiana Portoni, Silvia Manrique, Beatriz Haspo, Laura Garcia-Vedrenne, María Castañeda, Christian Untoiglich, Amparo Rueda, Sandra Joyce Ramirez, Armando Mendez
1:35 FUNdamentals of Museum IPM Now Available
Christa Deacy-Quinn, Spurlock Museum
1:40 Fur, Four Legs and a Tail: Update from the MuseumPests Rodent group
Museum Pests Rodent Group
1:50 The Risk of Pests in Monasteries
Ann Shaftel
2:00 Pest Odyssey2021 – The Next Generation
Suzanne Ryder, The Natural History Museum London
SESSION 2 2:30 – 4:30 USA Eastern Time (GMT -5:00)
2:30 Welcome and MuseumPests introduction
Matt Mickletz, MP-WG Co-Chair
2:40 Evaluation of publicly available data for GIS assay of cultural pest hazards in Canada 
Tom Strang and Kaoru Yui, Canadian Conservation Institute
2:50 Communicating conservation data. Example: IPM data
Jane Henderson, Cardiff University and Christian Baars, National Museums Liverpool
3:00 Analysing and presenting pest occurrence data
Christian Baars, National Museums Liverpool and Jane Henderson, Cardiff University
3:10 Development of the Collection Pest Database and Pest Occurrence Database
Melissa King, Austin Senseman and Nathan McMinn, Conserv
3:20 At-A-Glance Reports for IPM Data
Morgan Nau, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
3:30 Genetic variability of Gray Silverfish Ctenolepisma longicaudata and Ghost Silverfish C. calva in infested collections worldwide
Bill Landsberger, Rathgen Research Laboratory
3:40 Native woods and their resistance to pest attack in heritage buildings
Yerko Quitral, Museum of Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Chile
3:50 Implementation of New Nitrogen-Based Anoxic Systems at Historic New England
Adam Osgood, Historic New England, Patrick Kelley, Insects Limited and Bill Smith Heritage Packaging
4:00 On-boarding an IPM freezer – a brief update
Eric Breitung and Michael Millican, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
4:10 Freezing of a mammal collection to mitigate persistent drugstore beetles
Shannen Robson, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
4:20 Concluding Remarks
Rachael Arenstein, MP-WG Co-Chair


2021 MuseumPests Working Group Virtual Program Announcement

Since our 2020 in-person meeting at the Met, almost a year ago, our world has been turned upside-down but as insects have adapted to our new realities so have we. The MuseumPests Working Group (MPWG) is rising to the challenge and maintaining our momentum with our first ever Virtual Meeting! All contributors to and/or participants at previous meetings are welcome to join.

Our Working Group Sessions are scheduled for March 9th and 10th, 9-5:00 U.S. Eastern. Using Zoom and Slack we will focus on further development of online content for the website. These two days are open to prior participants or contributors. Projects and goals for the synchronous work sessions will be posted in a second Blog post. 

While this event is planned as a synchronous two-day meeting, we recognize that some of our participants are in different time-zones. We ask that participants plan on devoting their time over the course of these two days to MPWG activities whatever time zone you are in. We will be using Slack to share content and information for those working worldwide and may, at times, be participating asynchronously. 

To request a spot for the MPWG meeting please RSVP via Google Forms by March 1st, 2021.

The update and short presentations that form an integral part of our normal meeting will be given on the afternoon of March 11th 2-4:00pm U.S. Eastern time. Presenting and viewing the Public Presentation Session is open to all. Presentations should be no longer than 10 minutes. The abstract submission deadline is March 1st. To submit an abstract for consideration please use the following Abstract Submission via Google Forms. Presenters will be notified by March 5 of their acceptance. This session will be hosted on Zoom and Live-Streamed on Facebook.

For those wishing only to view the Open Meeting please use the Open Meeting RSVP Form

MuseumPests Public Presentation Session
March 11, 2021
Announcement and Call for Contributions 

Every year, the MuseumPests Working Group (MPWG) has included short presentations to update members on new developments, active research, and areas of topical concern. This year, in our first ever virtual meeting, we are inviting short presentations of no more than 10 minutes via Zoom webinar. These presentations are meant to be short, informative, and informal.  

Please submit abstracts via Google Forms by March 1, 2021. The form will ask for the following information:

  • A short description of your presentation (no more than 250 words)
  • Author(s) names and contact information
  • Agreement that presented content will be recorded and a pdf of your content may be posted on website. 

We will acknowledge and send out acceptances by March 5. For more information or questions, please contact MPWG Co-Chairs Matt Mickletz and Rachael Arenstein at