Visiting the Seoul National University

03 April 2017

Seoul National University (SNU) is a national research university located in Seoul, South Korea. It is the most prestigious university in the country. There are three campuses with main one located in Gwanak, Seoul.

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Jang, H., S. Lee, and W. Choi. 2015. Cerambycidae of Korea. Geobook, Seoul, South Korea. 399 pp.

I visited Seunghyun Lee, a PhD candidate of systematic of entomology, focusing on family Cerambycidae, at Seoul National University. He has published number of journal papers and a book of all the known Cerambycidae species occurring in South Korea with his colleagues, Hyunkyu Jang and Woong Choi. He has asked me for some nearctic Cerambycidae samples, so I have been collecting one by one. Then as I’m in Korea, I decided to go meet him personally and take a look at the SNU lab. He treated me a nice, warm dinner with a tour to his laboratory. The purpose of visit is to meet Seunghyun Lee in person as well as to see how insect collections are housed in SNU.

_DSC5220This is how the entrance of SNU looks like. There is a big structure (partially shaded by tree on right). (Photo taken in June 2015).

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Images of collection room. The collection cabinets can be moved by door handle at the side. You will have to rotate it to access each cabinets. It seems it can save a lot of space, except it would be difficult to have many different people to work on their own things.

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Scarab drawers.

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Drawers had hooks to lock them up, which I’ve seen it couple of times in UNL.

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This room here is for graduate students to work on their research. This room had photographing equipment and the equipment for DNA sequencing works as well.

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His photographing skills are amazing, and says he he just works in this set up, with StackShot device connected to the camera with electronic macro slide.

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From left to right: Seunghyun Lee (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae), Junsuk Kim(author), Jinbae Seung (Coleoptera: Eucneimidae, Histeridae), Minhyeuk Lee (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae).

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From left to right: Seunghyun Lee (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae), Junsuk Kim (author), Jinbae Seung (Coleoptera: Eucneimidae, Histeridae), Minhyeuk Lee (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae), Minseok Oh (Hemiptera: Miridae). Sunghyeok Nam (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae, behind the camera).

I’m not completely sure whether the spellings of their English names are correct as I only converted their Korean names to English pronunciation (based on how I think). I will update as I find out their names in English in future.

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