Ted Schultz is a research entomologist and curator in the Department of Entomology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. His research focuses on the evolution and systematics of fungus-growing ants. I was interested in talking to Ted because of his unique path into science, his pre-academia work with The Whole Earth publishing group, and what it means to be a biologist at a national museum. The Whole Earth Catalog was a very influential counter-culture magazine that started in the late sixties. Here’s The Fringes of Reason issue that Ted edited and we talk about in the beginning of the episode.
(Photo by Smithsonian Institution)