The Carolina Ghost Hunt is led by three researchers and educators in North Carolina.
Dr. Clyde Sorenson is an Alumni Assoc. Distinguished Undergraduate Professor of Entomology in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at North Carolina State University. He has a B.S. in Wildlife BIology (1980), M.S. in Entomology (1984) and Ph.D. in Entomology (1988), all from NCSU. Dr. Sorenson teaches several entomology courses and conducts research in two main areas: the management of agriculturally significant insects, and the natural history and ecology of rare insects and plants, particularly those associated with longleaf pine savannas. He has been studying the occurrence of fireflies in North Carolina for about five years.
Jerry Reynolds, Head of Outreach at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, leads many of the Museum’s public group trips to natural areas across the state. He received BS & MS degrees in Zoology from NCSU with an emphasis on herpetology. He is interested in all aspects of our natural world and loves to show people the wonders of nature when in the field.
Christine Goforth is the Head of Citizen Science at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and works to engage Museum visitors in authentic scientific research as citizen scientists. She has a BA in Biology from Colorado College and a MS in Entomology from the University of Arizona studying aquatic insects. She is currently researching dragonfly behaviors through two citizen science project and how citizen science can most effectively be conducted in schools. While insects are her first love, Chris loves nature of all kinds and teaching everyone about the natural world through hands on experiences.