Doodles from a Meeting

At Buzz Hoot Roar, we’re always telling you about what researchers are doing. This year, we let the researchers speak for themselves. At this spring’s Entomological Society of America’s SEB meeting, researchers made their own sciart about their work and wrote about it in classic BHR (brief!) style. Read on for four of our favorites.

Also, special thanks to Matt Bertone (@Bertonemyia) for this great idea. To learn more about the North American Coastal Plain’s new biodiversity hot spot, check out Matt’s American Scientist work here.


Annie Rich, University of Georgia


Hannah Burrack, North Carolina State University


Chelsea Standish, University of Tennessee


Nancy Hinkle, University of Georgia

By |March 31st, 2016|No Backbones|1 Comment

Taxonomy Pun Contest Winners!

Your entries are in, and the judges have spoken! After poring over the puniest selection of taxonomy one-liners ever emailed, Facebooked, and tweeted our way, our celebrity judges selected their five favorites.

With heartfelt thanks to our readers and with the utmost appreciation for taxonomists past and present, we’ll post one winner a day leading up to Taxonomist Appreciation Day.

And now, our first 2016 pun contest winner:



Pun by Emily Dangremond, @Docta_Danger. Illustration by Buzz, @verdantrobin.

And our second winner:


Pun and illustration by Jen Burgess (@jenburgessart), a freelance science illustrator based in Vancouver, Canada. In addition to her formal education in science and fine art, she is a trained naturalist and interpretive guide and is passionate about science communication and environmental education. In her free time, Jen can be found hiking with her dog, making soup, or sitting down to a cup of tea. Check out more of her work at jenburgessart.com and fb.com/jenburgessart.

And our third winner:


Pun by @phishdoc, illlustration by Roar, @verdanteleanor.

And our fourth winner:

bhr_puns_16_vegaPun by @brianwolven. Illo by Belinda Vega, an Austin based Illustrator strongly inspired by old cartoons and creepy stuff. The result: crazy, cute bugs!

And our fifth winner:


Pun by Dr. Jeffrey A. Stein, @SFEL_Stein. Illustration by Christin Hardy, Buzz Hoot Roar artist in residence.

Meet our celebrity judges!

Dr. Bryan Lessard is a postdoctoral fellow and taxonomist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. […]

By |March 15th, 2016|Contests|0 Comments

Attention! Attention! Taxonomy Contest!


In honor of our great appreciation for those who love to order, classify, categorize, group, arrange, grade and rank (and just in time for Taxonomist Appreciation Day), Buzz Hoot Roar is proud to announce its third annual pun contest.

Check out one of last year’s winners:


Pun by Natalie Sopinka (@phishdoc). Illustration by Christin Hardy (@c_hristin).

Here’s how it works:

1. Tweet us your best taxonomy-related pun by Wednesday, March 9.

2. Our celebrity judges will select five favorites.

3. Winners will receive: their puns illustrated on Buzz Hoot Roar’s blog, a set of printed greeting cards to share with the taxonomists in their lives, and a BHR super-soft T-shirt.

Let the witticisms begin!


By |March 2nd, 2016|Contests, Other Science|0 Comments