John Acorn, a lifelong Albertan, lives in Edmonton with his wife Dena and their two boys, Jesse and Benjamin. When John isn't chasing insects, he can be found lecturing at the University of Alberta, serving as spokesperson for the Royal Tyrrell Museum, or addressing a variety of scientific and naturalist groups across North America.

"John has the rare knack of making the science of insects interesting and accessible to a wide array of people, from professional biologists to school children."

Michael Majerus, Reader in Evolution
University of Cambridge

 

John Acorn has shared his love for entomology and natural history with the world. Acorn is an internationally known scientist, author and broadcaster whose career has been marked with creativity and a passion for science. As a best selling author he has had a huge impact on amateur entomology, and his field guides have earned him numerous awards. As research associate at the Royal Tyrrell Museum and the E.H. Strickland Entomology Museum, Acorn continually goes beyond his professional commitments and generously gives his time to promote the field.

 

SEE HIM IN PERSON

September 2013

Midwest Birding Symposium - Lakeside, Ohio

Please Contact Us for more info on John's public appearances. Thank you.

 

AWARDS

  • 2012 Royal Society of Canada's McNeil Medal for Public Awareness of Science
  • 2010 Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Awards Foundation Prize for Science Promotion
  • 2008 NSERC (National Science & Engineering Research Council) Award for Promotion of Science
  • 2006 Canadian Society of Zoologists Public Education Award
  • 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Alberta
  • 2003 The Entomological Society of Alberta Carr Award for promotion of amateur entomology
  • 2001 First place in Film and Video, U.S. National Association for Interpretation for gallery videos at the Royal Tyrell Museum
  • 2000 First place in Film and Video, Emerald Awards of Interpretation Canada for gallery videos at the Royal Tyrell Museum
  • 1998 Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Awards Foundation Prize for excellence in science & technology journalism
  • 1998 GEMINI Award nominee for Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Program
  • 1998 AMPIA Award for Best Light Information
  • 1997 AMPIA Award, Alberta Motion Picture industry awards.
  • 1997 Edmonton Nature Centre Foundation
  • 1997 Calgary Zoo, Pachyderm Award
  • 1997 Appreciation Award Edmonton Natural History Club
  • 1996 GEMINI Award nominee for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series
  • 1996 AMPIA Award for Best Host
  • 1996 AMPIA Award for Best Light Information
  • 1995 AMPIA Award for Best Actor or Host
  • 1994 3-Star rating from the Canadian Toy Testing Council
  • 1992 Parents Choice Gold Award

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