Megan Asche is a PhD student in the Department of Entomology at Washington State University  under the supervision of Dr. Richard Zack and Dr. Pete Landolt. She specializes in honey bee biology and Vespidae wasp behavior.

Megan has been an active member of the Entomological Society of American Pacific Branch since 2015. Currently, she holds multiple positions within the association, including:

• Editor of the photography showcase “Through the Loupe” for American Entomologist magazine

• Board member for American Entomologist magazine (starting November 2019)

• ESA “World of Insects” Calendar committee member

In 2007, Megan was awarded a BA in design from Western Washington University. She worked as a graphic designer for 6 years, specializing in corporate advertising campaigns and merchandising, before beginning her career in science. Her art background and training in communication design have made her uniquely qualified to produce diagrams and scientific illustrations. In 2019, her digital artwork was featured in the journals Ecology and Environmental Entomology. She also just completed a diagram of ocean ecological zones for an article that is in review for the journal The American Naturalist.

Megan is an award-winning macro insect photographer and has contributed to many international scientific and outreach publications. Since 2013, she has posted over 7,000 insect images online that are available for public viewing. These images are taken for educational purposes and are donated to researchers upon request.