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Instructor: Dr. Michael Wall 

Saturday, May 21, 2022 


This program includes a free presentation on scorpions and other desert insects that live in the Park, followed by a field experience to view and learn more about these critters in their habitat. 


Presentation: 7:30-8:30pm (via Zoom or In Person) 

Free of charge 

Register for Zoom presentation here.


Join us in person at Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center. 

*Please bring a face mask; attendees will need to follow UC Irvine’s mask requirements  


Dr. Michael Walls’s presentation begins with a primer on scorpions and other insects that covers their distinguishing features and physiology with a focus on specific adaptations to survive in the unique Colorado Desert ecosystem.  

Dr. Wall has led the San Diego Natural History Museum’s project to document insect fauna of the dunes of Baja California. While these dunes are in great condition, they are also under the threat of development. The insects that live in Baja’s dunes are restricted to this area so Dr. Wall and other scientists at The Nat are hoping to gain a better understanding of biological diversity and unique evolutionary traits that make them thrive in this area.  

In his presentation, Dr. Wall will talk about his current research and focus on scorpions and other desert insects that occupy Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.  


SOLD OUT! Field Program: 8:30-9:30pm  

$10 for ABF Members / $20 for Nonmembers; Register in Advance 

Limited to 25 participants 

After the lecture, participants will explore the desert ecosystem surrounding the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center (add link to map location: 401 Tilting T Dr., Borrego Springs, CA 92004). The walk will include a blacklight sheet trap so that insects will be attracted, and participants can observe them up close.  

Walking difficulty: Easy walks of 100-200 yards at one location. 


COVID Protocol: If you have a known COVID exposure or are experiencing any symptoms of illness, please do not attend the programs.  


About the Instructor – Michael Wall 

Michael Wall, Ph.D. joined the San Diego Natural History Museum as curator of entomology in January 2006 and was subsequently named director of the Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias (BRCC). He also currently serves as vice president of science and conservation. 


Dr. Wall is passionate about collections-based research and regional exploration. In 2008, Dr. Wall coordinated the Museum’s first-ever BioBlitz in which 1,035 species were discovered in Balboa Park over a 24-hour period. He is currently working to develop online resources that will increase public accessibility to the Museum’s rich biological collections. 

Dr. Wall’s interest in natural history began with plants. While working on both a bachelor of science (B.S.) and master of science (M.S.) in botany at Auburn University, he became interested in the ecological relationships between plants and insects. After completing his doctorate of philosophy (Ph.D.) in entomology at University of Connecticut in 2004, Dr. Wall received a postdoctoral fellowship to join a global biodiversity inventory (organized by the American Museum of Natural History and the Australian Museum). He is an award-winning teacher and Fulbright Fellow. 

Cancellations: Notification must be received at least 7 days before the first day of the event if you need to cancel and wish to receive a refund. A $10 cancellation fee will be retained for each registration. For cancellations made after the 7-day deadline, we cannot issue refunds for any reason. We understand that unforeseen or emergency circumstances may arise, but our nonprofit organization operates on a limited budget and, while inconvenient, this policy enables us to sustain our programs even with last-minute cancellations. If ABF cancels a program, we will issue a full refund or credit.