It is a unique pleasure for me to acknowledge Michael Engel as the recipient of the 2008 Schuchert Award from the Paleontological Society. I have known Michael for at least 10 years. We have collaborated closely on several dozen papers and a major book, and during this time he has become my closest and most valued colleague.

Michael is an incredibly prolific scientist. He has published more than 200 papers on living and extinct insects. What is astonishing is that he is only 37 years old! At such a young age, Michael Engel is arguably the world's foremost authority on...

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