Currently at the McGuire Center
Andrei Sourakov curates collections and writes grant proposals, which enable the McGuire Center to purchase supplies for collections and to pay technical personnel. Also, when time allows, he conducts research and publishes in peer-reviewed journals (publication list), and supervises students in pursuit of graduate degrees (usually, students are enrolled through the Department of Entomology and Nematology). Sourakov occasionally helps the Museum’s exhibits department with producing displays for public exhibits. He instructs volunteers and interns who wish to work in the collections (the Florida Museum of Natural History has an extensive volunteer program). As a public service to the community, he gives lectures about butterfly biology at the Museum and in local schools. He also recently started a program that helps create butterfly gardens in schools.
At the University of Florida, Sourakov also has taught several classes: Techniques in Lepidoptera Research, Scientific Illustration of Lepidoptera, Biology of Lepidoptera and Insects and Plants. Since 2009, he has served as Graduate Faculty of the Entomology and Nematology Department.
Sourakov has served as editor of the journal Tropical Lepidoptera Research from 2008 until 2014, and currently serves as the associate editor. He also serves as a board member of the Center for Systematic Entomology.