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Why are there so many insects?

presented by Rin Kirichilsky, Ph.D. Student, American Museum of Natural History and Columbia University

Did you know there are over 900,000 different known species of insects? Plus, at any time, there are probably over 10 quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) individual insects alive! (source!) Why are there so many insects!? This session is for kids ages 5-8!

The Big Question is a free series hosted by Adams Street Library and Walt Whitman Library, in collaboration with Brooklyn Book Bodega. At six individual sessions from April-June, experts will present interactive workshops designed to answer some of life’s biggest questions. Children will also take home books about what they learned to build their home libraries. Visit our Event Series page for more information and to sign up for future sessions.

This program will take place in Commodore Barry Park; we recommend bringing a blanket to sit on.

Rain location: Adams Street Library. Register to save your spot and be informed if the location changes to a virtual platform or the rain location.


Photograph of Rin KirichilskyHey y'all- I'm Rin and I absolutely love insects! I grew up mostly in North Carolina and partially in China, with a lens to the natural world through hiking, rock climbing, and outdoor exploration. I didn't always know I wanted to be a scientist but when I first got to college I took a class about bees and was taught how important and understudied they are, from that point my passion took root. In 2017 I graduated from Cornell with a degree in Entomology and since have lived in Costa Rica, Panamá, Taiwan, and around the US studying diversity and evolution of bees and wasps. Now I am a PhD student at Columbia and the American Museum of Natural History working with Dr. Jessica Ware to continue my knowledge quest of all things 6-legged. I also care deeply about making science more collaborative, accessible, and equitable for the global South and future generations. You can almost always find me outside with a collecting net, at a museum with their rare, old, and worldwide treasures, or in the lab getting DNA from insects to glean insights at the molecular level. I learn something new about these fascinating creatures everyday, and I can’t wait to learn with you.

BKLYN Incubator is supported by generous funding provided by the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

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