11 Jan 11

BioSynC postdoc Torsten Dikow has created a project web-site which presents some of his research results dealing with flower-loving flies (Apioceridae), robber flies (Asilidae), and mydas flies (Mydidae).

He is currently working on a three-year REVSYS project funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation entitled, “Phylogeny, revisionary taxonomy & the fossil record of asiloid flies (Diptera: Apioceridae, Asilidae, Mydidae)”.

The site contains interactive maps which show the:

  • specimen occurrence data of Apioceridae (flower-loving flies) and Mydidae (mydas flies)
  • specimen occurrence data of the following Asilidae (robber flies) taxa as part of the REVSYS project – Bathypogoninae, Leptogastrinae, Phellinae, Tillobromatinae, and Willistonininae
  • a searchable catalogue of currently described species of Apioceridae & Mydidae flies
http://synthesis.eol.org/tdikow/

8 Jan 11

Mark Westneat and Audrey Aronowsky attended the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in Salt Lake City, UT. Westneat and Aronowsky each gave presentations relevant to EOL at the meeting. Westneat also supervised presentations by three of his graduate students associated with BioSynC.

30 Dec 10

Dyer, B. S., and M. W. Westneat. (2010). Taxonomy and biogeography of the coastal fishes of Juan Fernandez and Desventuradas islands, Chile. Revista de Biologia Marina y Oceanografia. 45, S1: 32-62.

Lyons, K.M. & Dikow, T. 2010. Taxonomic revision of Ectyphus Gerstaecker, 1868 and Parectyphus Hesse, 1972 with a key to world Ectyphinae (Insecta, Diptera, Mydidae). ZooKeys 73: 25-59. http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.73.840

19 Dec 10

Planning, prepping and organizing for Conservation Connection are underway! Josh Drew and Beth Sanzenbacher hosted their Fijian collaborator, Akanisi Caginotoba, from the Wildlife Conservation Society to coordinate activities and design the curriculum for Conservation Connection. Ms. Caginotoba was introduced to EOL, WhyReef, and FijiReef and was trained in their use in a classroom setting. Ms. Caginotoba also visited the Chicago Conservation Connection host school, VOISE Academy, to meet with the Chicago teens.

Photo (from left to right) of Akanisi Caginotoba, VOICE Academy Science Teacher, Ms. Newton, and VOICE Academy Vice Principle, Dr. Alison.

13 Dec 10

Beth Sanzenbacher was a guest lecturer for the Educational Game Design course at the University of Wisconsin – Stout campus. Sanzenbacher discussed scientific game design and the potential role of EOL in digital learning.