Education & Career
After moving to the United States in 1991, Sourakov first volunteered at the American Museum of Natural History, where he received additional training in Lepidoptera taxonomy and worked on his first taxonomic revision. He received his M.S. (1994) and Ph. D. (1997) in Entomology from the University of Florida.
After a year as a postdoc at the California Academy of Sciences, he worked at the USDA’s Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology, where his primary focus was on biological control. Simultaneously, he contributed his time to the planning of the McGuire Center’s construction and exhibits.
Sourakov’s field work outside the United States has taken him to Central Asia, Caucasus, Far East, Latin America from Costa Rica to Argentina, Solomon Islands and several African countries.
Sourakov’s interest ranges from ecology to taxonomy and biogeography. Using Lepidoptera as a model group he tries to answer broader biological questions. He also tries to promote appreciation of insects through photography and popular writing in hope that this will lead to their conservation.