Chronological Patterns of Emergence of Dragonflies in Carver Pond, Bridgewater , MA . Christopher B. Haslam and Dr. Kevin D. Curry, Department of Biological Sciences, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA 02325. One of the most important stages of the life of a dragonfly is the time when it changes from a larval aquatic insect into a flying adult. This stage takes place when the dragonfly emerges out of its skin called the exuviae. Exuviae were collected from two sites at Carver Pond, Bridgewater , Massachusetts to determine differences in species emergence patterns from May 26, 2003 to July 18, 2003 . Peak emergence occurred during July 7-11, which also correlated with a distinct rise in water temperature for the study period. Dominant species were Pachydiplax longipennis and Epitheca cynosura, Leucorrhinia intacta, Leucorrhinia frigida, Leucorrhinia proxima, Erythemis simplicicollis, and Dorocordulia lepida also are species found emerging during the study. This work was supported by the Adrian Tinsley Program for Undergraduate Research


Chris Haslam.  Grew up outside of Boston in Melrose , Massachusetts .  I have been studying environmetnal biology at Bridgewater State College and had the opportunity to study emergence of dragonflies with Dr. Curry as part of an Adrian Tinsley Program summer undergraduate research award.  My future plans are to study ecosystem ecology relating to human impact at the graduate level.


Kevin D. Curry.  Emerged in Queens , New York but really stretched my wings in Rhinebeck , New York .  I've been fortunate enough to study varying aspects of ecology from bats in Iowa and Yucatan , to fish in Arizona and Indiana during my udergraduate and graduate studies.  I arrived at Bridgewater State College in 1994 after academic positions in Maine and Springfield , MA and have been coordinating the Watershed Access Lab at Bridgewater State College since 1997.  I have been working with aquatic insects since my grad school days but was sparked to study the world of Odonates by Paul Brunelle - Jr. because of his excellent workshop at the Humboldt Field Station in Maine .