Sunday, July 24, 2011

About Henry R. Hermann

Henry R. Hermann is currently a Professor of Biology at Edison State College in Florida. He may be reached at He has taught numerous entomology and biology courses at Edison, Florida Gulf Coast University and The University of Georgia.

Following a 4-year period of active duty in the United States Air Force where he was a photojournalist and editor of two Air Force newspapers, he attended the University of New Orleans where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1963. While there, he served as Science Correspondent for the campus newspaper. He subsequently attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, receiving a Master of Science degree in 1965 and a Ph.D. degree in 1967. He served a short term on a post-doctoral fellowship during the last year at LSU.

During graduate school, Dr. Hermann spent time in the jungles of Ecuador and Costa Rica, working on the behavior and morphology of ants. His main interest was in their defensive behaviors and morphology of the sting.

In the fall of 1967, Dr. Hermann assumed a position as Professor at the University of Georgia where he stayed until his retirement in 1994. During his tenure at UGA, he spent time in both teaching and research, teaching in the Division of Biological Sciences, Department of Entomology, and the Department of Science Education. He was also editor of the scientific journal, Georgia Entomologist. His research took him to many countries in the world, involving the defensive behaviors and morphology of both ants and social wasps, as well as other subjects. His work during that period may be reviewed in his publication list at:

Dr. Hermann has been an active writer on numerous subjects. Review his latest books at:

A posting about social wasps of Florida, along with behavior, morphology and taxonomy of wasps in the family Vespidae, may be found at:

During recent years, Dr. Hermann has written a number of books of fiction and non-fiction. His most recent non-fiction book is Making the Wind Sing, a book about the history of Native American music, with emphasis on the flute. He also plays that instrument. His most recent fiction title is The Tooth Fairy, a book about a serial killer in New Orleans. Both of these books, as well as others, may be found at the Masterwork Books website at: