Howard Fiedler grew up in the Bronx, and explored the AMNH as a child, where he developed a fascination with natural history. This interest increased during his education at Stuyvesant High School and The City College of New York, where he earned a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry. Howard then moved to New York University, graduating as an M.D. Although he spent his professional life as an ophthalmologist in Milwaukee, WI, Howard maintained a peripheral interest in natural history. After relocating to New York, he applied for and was accepted as a volunteer in the Division of Invertebrate Zoology, where he has assisted with the organization of specimen and reprint collections since. Howard collects insects informally and is proud to be counted among the volunteers helping to maintain the high standards of learning and public service at the AMNH.