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Dr. Barbara Hayford, Associate
Department of Life Sciences
School of Natural and Social Sciences
research interests focus on the ecology and biogeography of non-biting midges
(Diptera: Chironomidae), conservation of aquatic habitat, and science education
and outreach in Nebraska. As an academician at Wayne State
College, I combine my research with my teaching to bring the most current
findings in Biology to my students.
You can find the links to my current
research in the menu bars at thet top of this page. My
current research projects include:
- The Mongolian Aquatic
Insect Survey (MAIS). My lab works on discovering and
documenting diversity of Chironomidae in Mongolia and on the biological
assessment and conservation of aquatic habitat in Mongolia.
- Chironomid pupal exuviae
of Nebraska (CPEN). My lab collects floating pupal exuviae
of chironomids in conjunction with water quality and physical and habitat
parameters to describe the ecology of aquatic habitat in
- The Wayne State College
Museum of Natural History (WSCMNH). The Museum houses
numerous specimens of local birds, fish, and mammals and an increasing number
of freshwater invertebrates. A complete inventory of the
museum holdings will soon be available. The Museum also
performs science education and outreach for Northeast Nebraska.
- Undergraduate Research. I have mentored numerous students in their
undergraduate research projects. Check here to find out what my current
students are doing.
- Publications. Check here to see a more complete list of my peer
reviewed and technical publications.
- Photos: Here are a selection of sampling sites and activities from
my various research projects.
- Links: Here are links to research pages and professional