College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

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The William M. and Esther G. Schlinger Chair in Systematic Entomology


This fund provides the permanent opportunity for research in all areas of the taxonomy and biosystematics of insects, spiders, and mites.

The current chairholder is Professor Rosemary Gillespie of ESPM, director of the Essig Museum of Entomology. Her research focuses on the evolution, biogeography, systematics and conservation biology of arthropods, with particular emphasis on spiders on oceanic islands.

The chair was established in 1987 with an endowment funded by Professor Emeritus Evert I. Schlinger and his parents, William and Esther Schlinger.

William M. Schlinger began his entrepreneurial career making pharmacy deliveries and was one of the original partners in a delivery business that became the United Parcel Service of America. He retired as vice president of its West Coast operations in 1962.

Esther G. Schlinger was one of the first female graduates of Stanford University and taught mathematics and English in Los Angeles.

Professor Evert Schlinger received his bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley in 1950 and his doctorate from UC Davis in 1957. He was a member of the faculty of both UC Riverside and UC Berkeley. The focus of his career was studying the evolution and identification of insects, spiders, and mites.

All gifts to CNR are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.


Prof. Rosemary Gillespie currently holds the Schlinger Chair.