Ronald M. Clouse, Wheeler lab, Giribet lab        Mite harvestmen

 

 

 

 

I am interested in invertebrate systematics, Indo-Pacific biogeography, molecular and morphometric phylogenetics, and the theory and methods of biogeographical analysis. Currently I am helping develop method for combined phylogenetic and biogeographic analysis, and I am investigating the ancient and recent history of different invertebrate groups. My main taxa of interest are the cyphophthalmid Opiliones (especially Stylocellidae and Metasiro americanus), other lesser-known arachnid orders, Hymenoptera (especially ants), and holothurians.

 


 

 

 David Lohman lab        Lepidoptera

 

 

 

 

Research in my laboratory focuses on the ecology and evolution of interactions between insects and other organisms, including plants, microbes, and other insects. My current research focuses on two inter-related themes: the community ecology of lepidopteran herbivores in the Asian tropics and the phylogeography of butterflies and other organisms across the Indo-Australian Archipelago.

 


 

 

 Jimmy A. McGuire lab        Reptiles

 

 

 

 

As an Integrative Biologist, my research seeks to connect four fundamental aspects of the evolution of organismal diversity: (1) lineage diversification, (2) historical biogeography, and the influence of (3) morphological and (4) molecular evolution on organismal performance. Although there are a number of approaches that one may utilize in order to gain insight into these processes, my research program is firmly rooted in phylogenetic systematics with a more recent foray into population genetics. Given my emphasis on phylogenetics, I have a fifth area of interest, the theory and practice of phylogenetic systematics. Thus, I would describe myself as a phylogenetic systematist with expertise in molecular genetics, phylogenetic comparative methods, and theoretical aspects of phylogenetic analysis, with a strong and growing interest in molecular population genetics.

 


 

 

Hanneke Meijer        Fossil birds

 

 

 

 

My main research interest lies in placing the general palaeontology of insular environments in a broader evolutionary perspective. I focus on fossil avifaunas from islands. Though less intensely studied then their mammalian counterparts, insular birds can show remarkable adaptations to island life. Textbook examples from the fossil record include the flightless dodo (Raphus cucullatus) from Mauritius, the massive moa-hunting Haasts eagle (Harpagornis moorei) from New Zealand and the parallel evolution of long-legged owls from the Caribbean and Mediterranean region.  

 


 

 

 John Slapcinsky        Land snails

 

 

 

 

The worlds faunas are being homogenized as housing, agriculture and industry are eliminating animals and plants adapted to natural habitats while commerce is introducing generalist species capable of thriving in human modified habitats. In many cases faunal changes are occurring before areas are well surveyed, this is especially true for under-studied animals with low vagility like terrestrial mollusks. My field projects are focused on documenting diversity of terrestrial snails through anatomical studies and taxonomic surveys of snails in under-sampled geographic areas and microhabitats. One of these projects is a multi-year effort to sample the terrestrial snails of the Papuan Peninsula and nearby islands off eastern New Guinea suggests the area is much more diverse than previously known. Surveys in southeastern North America focusing on small species restricted to specialized habitats including seeps and springs are also uncovering previously unreported species. Surveys also uncover exotic species that have not previously been noticed. Early detection of these exotic and potentially invasive snails facilitates efforts at interdiction and eradication before they become well established and have an opportunity to impact natural habitats and agriculture.