Robert Hole, Jr

Biology is my life.

About me

I am currently a teacher at Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Walnut Creek, California.

My education includes a B.S. in Environmental and Systematic Biology, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. I have also done graduate work at Mississippi State University (ornithology and entomology) & New Mexico State University (ornithology). I have worked for the California Dept of Fish and Game, the USFWS (Biological Survey - now part of USGS) among other places.

My primary interest is in speciation, especially species "flocks", their formation and maintenance. I am also keenly interested in biogeography and the biodiversity of California. My strength is in information synthesis.

I am a (near) lifelong aquarist and occasional gardener with a strong interest in succulents.

In addition to having loads of fun and generally helping in my small way to improve the content of EoL, I have an interest in developing finding-aids for teachers, interpreter naturalists, and other non-specialists.

I am also interested in paleontology. So I can play with that in a similar vein to EOL, I've started a Dinosauria Lifedesk.

My info

Full name
Robert Hole, Jr
I am
an enthusiast, an educator, a citizen scientist, a professional scientist
Curator level
Full Curator


5027 objects curated
192 taxa curated
108 images set as exemplar
0 articles selected for Overview
0 preferred classifications selected

71 common names added
1 common name removed
47 common names curated

89 taxa commented
246 comments submitted
13 articles added
0 data records added
*counts are refreshed daily

Curator qualifications


In addition to the information in the About Me section, I have coauthored a couple peer reviewed papers.

Banks, R. C. and R. Hole, Jr. 1993. W. T. March's birds collected in Jamaica. Bulletin of the Gosse Bird Club, Kingston, Jamaica, no. 60: 7-8.
Banks, R. C. and R. Hole, Jr. 1991. Taxonomic review of the Mangrove Cuckoo, Coccyzus minor (Gmelin). Caribbean J. of Science 27:54-62.

Curation scope
Ornithology, general zoology, fauna of California