Marvin Gunderman, Instructor
I work at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario. I’ve been there for 22 years. I have a very interesting job that combines my love for teaching entomology with my role as Manager of Technical Services. That means I manage a group of amazing staff members who set up and troubleshoot all of the undergraduate labs in Biology. I also help researchers with equipment breakdowns and building issues. I am never bored and love coming to work!
On the pedagogical side I teach Insect Taxonomy/Ecology for the Ontario Universities Program in field Biology (OUPFB) at the Queen’s University Biological Station near Elgin, Ontario. I have taught this course for 18 years. I also teach insect modules at home and abroad (Honduras in 2009 and Costa Rica in 2010). I also lecture and run tutorials about insects in several undergraduate courses at McMaster University.
I am a very happy man. I have a great job. I am happily married to a woman who defines pulchritude in everything that she does. I have a great family and true friends that support me, stimulate me, make me laugh and make fun of me. I love listening to music (mostly vinyl) and macro-photography.
Because I have been on this planet for over 50 years I also know how precious life is and how important it is to enjoy your family and friends now. I’ve been to too many funerals already. My uncle told me often while he was alive that “you won’t believe how fast your life goes by”. He’s right. I feel and act like I’m 26 years old. But a look into the mirror confuses me. The mirror man doesn’t look like me!
Maybe I’m not qualified to offer advice. But here it goes anyway: follow your passion, eat well, drink well and visit those you love often. Try to live your life through balance and compromise. Fight the natural urge to be selfish. Laugh as much as you can!
Dave K.B. Cheung, Instructor
Dave completed his first degree in the Biological Sciences at the University of Guelph, Canada, while working for Dr. Steve Marshall in the Insect Systematics lab. Dave learned the specifics of macrophotography, digital illustration and design with a focus on entomology. For his MSc. degree, Dave collaborated with industry and academic partners to design and conduct research for a digital identification guide to the insect pests of nursery and landscape plants.
Dave is the founding technical editor for the Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification, which was inspired by his first digital key design. Since then he has been driven by his passion for integrating digital technologies to promote entomological education.
Dave is currently employed at the Natural History Museum of Denmark where he serves as the collection manager for Diptera (flies). Currently, Dave is actively developing an interactive, mobile and tablet-based app for insect identification. Dave continues to refine his artistic and technical skills through inspiration from the natural world. When he isn’t peering through the lens of a microscope or camera, he is watching the sky as he captures aerial video using his team of remote controlled aircrafts.