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Type: Editorial
Published: 2023-07-31
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Boris Carl Kondratieff, a Lifetime of Scholarship and Service to Aquatic Entomology

University of Illinois; Illinois Natural History Survey; Champaign; IL; 61801; USA
taxonomy biogeography ecology of aquatic insects Mydas Flies


It is with great sadness that I share with you the death of Dr. Boris Carl Kondratieff (30 April 1954 to 14 August 2022) (Fig. 1). Boris was a 35 year employee of Colorado State University (CSU). He served as Director of the C. P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity, a collection of nearly 3.5 million specimens, most of which were amassed after his hire in 1986. He taught many courses at CSU and they were nearly always filled to capacity. Boris served as advisor for some 50 master’s and PhD students. He was highly sought after for graduate committees. His students conducted many high-quality research projects on the taxonomy, biogeography, and ecology of aquatic insects. In later years he collaborated with such luminaries of aquatic ecology as N. LeRoy Poff and James V. Ward, both of CSU.


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