Who Are The Bug Chicks?
We are entomologists who hold our Masters Degrees in Entomology from Texas A&M University. Our drive to create fun, accurate science media has led us to work with some of the coolest organizations: the U.S. Forest Service, Norman Borlaug Institute of International Agriculture, and National Ag Science Center to name a few. Each week, we write for NPR’s Science Friday website. Throughout the year we teach in every venue imaginable- from schools and libraries to camps, museums and festivals.
Our business is located in beautiful Portland, Oregon, but we travel all over the world to film, photograph and teach about the incredible world of insects, spiders and other arthropods. Our mission is simple- we aim to change the way people think about these animals.
Kristie Reddick, M.S. is an entomologist, university lecturer, and video media specialist. Her research focuses on the biology, biodiversity, and distribution of solifuge arachnids in Kenya. She received her Masters degree from Texas A&M University where she taught a course called Insects and Human Society, which explored how insects have shaped human history and culture. She recently described a new species of solifuge from the Sudan/Kenya border and is interested in pursuing a PhD looking at the relationships between linguistics and arthropod species recognition in tribal cultures.
Jessica Honaker, M.S. is an entomologist, lecturer, and photographer whose research focuses on integrated pest management and the effect of honeydew production by black-margined aphids in pecan agro-ecosystems. She received her Masters degree from Texas A&M University and her research on pecan aphids is helping to establish new pest control parameters for farmers in eastern Texas. She plans to continue her work in an effort to reduce reliance on pesticides in developing countries.