Dr. John Abbott, Director of Museum Research and Collections – August 22, 2017

Dr. John Abbott grew up in Texas, falling in love at an early age with insects and natural history in general. He has spent much of his career and life in Texas studying insects and in particular dragonflies and dam­selflies. He is now the Director of Museum Research and Collections for the University of Alabama Museums in Tuscaloosa. His research focuses on aquatic insects, particularly the systematics and biogeography of drag­onflies and damselflies (Odonata). John has authored many papers on aquatic insects and written several books including the Dragonflies and Damselflies of the South-central United States, the Damselflies of Texas, and the Dragonflies of Texas. He is currently working on the Peterson Field Guide to North American Insects. John is also the creator of several citizen science initiatives including OdonataCentral (http://www.odonata­central.org), the MigratoryDragonflyPartnership (www.migratorydragon­flypartnership.org), and PondWatch (www.PondWatch.org). Beyond these interests, John is an avid nature photographer whose photographs have appeared in numerous calendars, magazines and books.


Bill Gosselin, Executive Director, Black Warrior Council BCA – August 8, 2017

Bill Gosselin started his career as a District Executive in the Central Flor­ida Council where he was promoted to Senior District Executive, Field Director and then to the Director of Operations for one of the nation’s largest councils. Bill now serves as the Executive Director for the Black Warrior Council, covering 12 counites in West Central Alabama. He has served as a professional Scouter for 22 years. Bill is married and has four daughters. He enjoys hunting, fishing and gardening and is active in his church.