The entomology collection at the AUMNH was historically the Auburn University Entomology Museum (AUEM).  Our collection of roughly half a million pinned specimens has its strengths in: Chrysomelidae, Formicidae, Megachilidae, Orthoptera, Simuliidae, and Siphonaptera of Alabama. Our arachnid and myriapod collection is composed of roughly 15,000 ethanol preserved specimens and 10,000 slide-mounted specimens. Strengths include ticks of Alabama, Diplopoda and Araneae of the Southeastern United States. The geographic scope of our holdings extend beyond the Southeastern United States and reflects research interests of previous and current curators and affiliated persons.

We are currently in the process of digitizing our specimens and you can search our Entomology catalog here and our Arachnid and Myriapod catalog here. To request a loan or for more information, please contact us.

Entomology Staff

Brian A. Counterman, Ph.D.
Curator of Entomology
141 Funchess Hall (Office)
Auburn University, AL 36849
Tel: (334) 844-4830
Fax: (334) 844-1645
Email Brian A. Counterman

Nate B. Hardy, Ph.D.
Curator of Entomology
Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
Auburn University, AL 36849
Tel: (334) 844-5006
Email Nate B. Hardy

Melissa Callahan. Ph.D.
Entomology Collections Manager
243 Biodiversity Learning Center (Office)
101 Rouse Life Sciences Bldg. (Mail)
Auburn University, AL 36849
Tel: (334) 844-3470
Email Melissa Callahan


The research staff sponsors students in a wide variety of roles from graduate students, to undergraduate students seeking research experience, to volunteers to contribute to various aspects of collection maintenance. We encourage all those interested in learning how to curate a significant museum collection to contact the Collections Manager. The experience gained in collections maintenance will help students prepare for jobs and graduate school.