Brian Gooding Curator

Joined: Apr 15, 2016 Last Active: Dec 15, 2018

I'm Brian. I'm a nature lover currently living in north Texas. I like exploring the world and meeting people, writing, and making music.

Dragonfly hunting has taken me all over the world, from Peru to Malaysia to Taiwan and other fascinating places. Just kidding...life has taken me those places but I concentrated on dragonflies while I was there.

I do not have a formal background in biology (I studied journalism) but have learned about insects from self-study and perpetual curiosity. I have focused primarily on odonates (dragonflies and damselflies) but I am interested in all organisms and their interactions with each other/ours with them.

Since finding iNaturalist I've gotten more into bioblitzes, community events and citizen science. I enjoy speaking about and showing children (or adults) dragonflies and other creatures and helping spark their interest in our overlooked co-residents and the natural world.

In 2016 I created an educational display on the dragonflies and damselflies of Tarrant County, Texas (where I currently live) in order to promote interest in science and highlight local biodiversity. A digital version of it can be found here: The Odonata of Tarrant County

On iNaturalist I administer these projects in hopes of aggregating behavioral data that may not always be observable at-will in the field:

Odonata - anomalies (morphological and behavioral)
Odonata - as prey
Odonata - eating
Odonata - emerging complications
Odonata - parasitism
Odonata - inter/intraspecies aggression
Argia ID project

Feel free to join and contribute.
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iNat guide I created for the Odonata at the Colleyville Nature Center

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