Jessee J. Smith

Joined: Apr 04, 2019 Last Active: Oct 16, 2021 iNaturalist Monthly Supporter since July 2020

This summer, it's all about cicadas. I'm part of team Cicada Safari, working with my husband, Gene Kritsky, and the IT team at Mount St. Joseph University. We are combining data from the Cicada Safari app with observations from iNaturalist to create the most detailed map of Brood X to date. Observations are coming in by the thousands, so I may not be able to keep up with comments. I am working my way through all Magicicada observations for this year, but if you need info (not just ID) and I haven't gotten back to you, please feel free to send a direct message.


I'm a graduate of Mount St. Joseph University in western Cincinnati, Ohio, with a B.S. in Natural Science, a B.A. in General Art, and a B.F.A. in Fine Art (Sculpture). I'm the copyeditor of American Entomologist, the flagship journal of the Entomological Society of America, and I have served as copyeditor and layout designer for several publications of the Ohio Biological Survey, including A Naturalist's Guide to the Fishes of Ohio (Dan Rice and Brian Zimmerman, 2019). I've also been a professional metalsmith and jewelry designer since 2003; many of my designs are inspired by insects and other natural wonders.

My past (and ongoing) projects include morphospecies analysis of moths and beetles in black- and white-light samples for a local environmental company, blacklight-trap insect surveys in southern Ohio, a survey of the tiger beetles of Ohio, and tiger beetle and grasshopper surveys of Teddy Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota. I've been interested in periodical cicadas since experiencing my first Brood X emergence in 1987, and I continue to help with mapping efforts and other Magicicada-related research. A brief but extremely educational stint in horticulture at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden (2007–2009) kindled my love of plants, which I like almost as much as insects.

I am an avid member of the Western Wildlife Corridor, an organization dedicated to preserving wild spaces and restoring native habitat in western Cincinnati, which means I spend a lot of my spare time battling Amur honeysuckle.

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