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Allen M. Young

Wisconsin Academy Fellow Induction Year: 2002
Curator / Zoologist
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Allen M. Young, PhD is Curator Emeritus of Zoology at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Museum. Young is one of the founding board members of the Tirimbina Rainforest Center in northeastern Costa Rica. His research over the years, centered mostly in Costa Rica, concerned the natural history and ecology of butterflies, cicadas, orchid bees, and the pollination ecology of the cacao tree (the world’s source of chocolate), the latter resulting in his book, The Chocolate Tree (Smithsonian Institution Press, 2007). He is the author of several books, including Small Creatures and Ordinary Places: Essays on Nature (University of Wisconsin Press, 2000), and the author or co-author of more than 300 scientific papers and popular articles.

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