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Joe gives popular science talks in various areas of specialty to groups around the region. He is an exciting, dynamic and humorous speaker that appeals to a broad range of audiences. Most of his talks are slide/lecture presentations (using PowerPoint) featuring many of his original photographs. Duration is adjustable. The honorarium is scaled to meet the resources of the group. Although talks can be prepared for nearly any topic related to Joe's research, the following tend to be the most popular.


Ants, Bees and Wasps: the Stingers

Which bees and wasps hurt the most when they sting? When is it OK to approach them and when should you stay away? Punctuated with numerous personal vignettes and nice photographs, Joe shows you the most common stingers in the area.

Cicada Killers

What is up with these huge wasps digging holes in my lawn? Joe describes his research into the ecology and behavior of this most fascinating animal. Drawing on years of experience with the species from Indiana to Texas, Joe describes the life cycle and habits of the beast. And if you ask really nice, he'll show you his cicada killer tattoo.

Bald Eagles

Why are there so many bald eagles now? Where did they go in the first place? Joe describes the history and biology of bald eagles, and discusses the reasons for their prevalence in the tristate area (IL, MO, IA) in winter. Tips for photographing eagles are also given.

Monarch Butterflies

Why do we see so many monarchs in the early fall? Where are they going? Joe describes the incredible life cycle and migration of this international insect. Joe's experience with MonarchWatch in tagging and releasing monarchs is described, and, of course, many beautiful photos of the butterflies are shown.

Butterflies of the Midwest

The middle of our country is blessed with a rich diversity of butterfly species. This talk will teach you a little of their biology and provide you with a leg up on learning to identify them. As usual, many lovely photos of the butterflies are shown.

The Galápagos Islands

What are the Galápagos really like? Following a trip to the enchanted islands, Joe is prepared to speak on wildlife, travel and photography in the this volcanic archipelago, 600 miles off the coast of mainland Ecuador.

Insects in Rock and Roll Music

Which insects are cited most often in rock songs? Which types are most often found on album cover art? Joe summarizes his research in this strange area of cultural entomology, quoting odd lyrics and showing bizarre album and CD covers from the past and present. Usually appeals to a younger audience.

Dragonflies: Jewels of the Air

Joe’s presentation focuses on the biology of dragonflies—their adaptations, growth, behavior and identification. Most of the common species of the area are shown, and some photography tips for shooting dragonflies are offered.

Periodical Cicadas: Appearing Like Magic

What are periodical cicadas and where will they appear next? The life cycle, biology and geography of periodical cicadas is described in this slide/lecture presentation featuring color photos of the animals carrying out most of their behaviors. Joe's research on biogeography of Magicicada is emphasized.

Ghost Town: Ruby, Arizona

History and wildlife of this former mining town just four miles from the Mexican border. Coelho spent a sabbatical there doing research, exploring, and photographing everything.

Costa Rica: Pura Vida

Wildlife and ecology of this tropical paradise.

Wildlife of the Tri-state Region

Best places and times to see wildlife in the Illinois/Iowa/Missouri area, including birds, butterflies and wildflowers.

Native Plants for Wildlife

Best practices for getting more wildlife in your back yard including birds, butterflies, by planting native trees and wildflowers.

Past engagements