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Course announcement: Plant Diversity and Evolution, Spring 2015

PLB300-ImageAn announcement for the PLB 300 Plant Diversity and Evolution course, offered in the Spring 2015 Semester by Drs. Kathleen Pigg (Fossil Plant Collection) and Walter Fertig (Herbarium) at the Alameda space.

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Les Landrum Retirement Celebration at Alameda

On Friday, October 3rd, 2014, we celebrated the official retirement of ASU Vascular Plant Herbarium Curator Dr. Les Landrum. The event took place at the just inaugurated Alameda Building. Attendance of colleagues and students, and spirits, were high – a true and fitting celebration of Les’ broad impact on the Herbarium, Southwestern United States floristics, mentoring and collaboration, and plant systematics (Myrtaceae) and biodiversity informatics (SEINet) more generally.

DarwinGuavasLiz Makings led the excellent organization of the event and, by giving an entertaining and insightful overview of the honoree’s personality and career (up to now), expressed a depth of appreciation for Les and his work that was felt by all.

Needless to say, “retirement” is a relative term for Les, and we will be fortunate to rely on his presence and dedication to the Herbarium and collections group for years to come.

Some photos of the party and its diverse and inspired food offerings are posted here.

Thank you, Les.

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Dr. Les Landrum surrounded by friends, colleagues, and students. October 3rd, 2014.

Announcing General Entomology 2014

Insects are incredibly diverse, fascinating, and relevant to basic and applied biological research and human society. This introductory course provides a broad and engaging overview of insect biology. Optional fields trips are offered in and around Phoenix, and lab sections focus on learning hands-on skills in insect preparation and identification.

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4 credits (Pre-Requisites BIO 181/2 or BIO 281/2)
Lectures Monday & Wednesday, 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Lab sections available Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (afternoons)
Instructor Nico Franz (main lab office: LSA 129)
Contact nico.franz @ asu.edu
Website http://taxonbytes.org/

New postdoctoral position in revisionary insect systematics

We are excited to have the opportunity to recruit a new postdoc into our lab. This is ASU job # 10742; please contact me (details below) if you are interested in applying.

Postdoctoral Researcher – Revisionary Insect Systematics
School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University

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New course announcement – Tropical Biology Panama – June 2014

Dale DeNardo and Nico Franz are offering a new, advanced undergraduate course “Tropical Biology” in the summer of 2014. The course is scheduled to take place from June 07-27, 2014, on location in Gamboa, Panama (Canal Zone, Soberanía National Park). It is part of ASU’s Partnership program with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Interested students can contact Dr. Franz, and should also follow updates on ASU’s Study Abroad Office website. Below are links to two pertinent PDFs and a general text introducing the course.

Update – November 26, 2013: We now have an official SAO Web Brochure for the course at https://studyabroad.asu.edu/?go=TropicalBiology. Students can apply using this link.

Update – December 04, 2013: The course is now officially SAO approved, with a course program fee set at $4370. The Flyer has been updated. On-line applications now possible via the SAO link above.

Update – December 06, 2013: ASU’s Study Abroad Office has a comprehensive summary page regarding student financing options – Financial Aid, Scholarships and Grants, Community-Based Funding, etc. – for participating in the Tropical Biology course. Students are strongly encouraged to explore this resource and/or contact SAO directly to learn about specific financing options. More information on this soon.


“This new faculty-led Tropical Biology course takes what students have learned in the classroom setting and allows them to expand their knowledge by becoming fully immersed in a field environment. While the field site is a tropical rainforest, the educational value goes beyond tropical biology as students are exposed to topics that broadly integrate ecology, biodiversity, evolution, behavior, and physiology, including but not limited to species diversity, adaptation, biogeography, conservation, and human-wildlife interactions. Even the most complex laboratory environment and design cannot come close to matching the complexity of the tropical forest and the educational stimulation it provides. Students who attend this course will receive a lifetime experience and therefore concepts and skill sets covered will be embedded in their memory.”


Update – June 28, 2014: The trip to Panama has ended successfully. See Tropical Field Biology – Panama 2014 in Review.

TDWG 2013: Crowd sourcing and community management capabilities with Symbiota

Presentation sequence in development for the following TDWG 2013 presentation: Franz, N., C. Gries, T. Nash III & E. Gilbert. 2013. Crowd Sourcing and Community Management Capabilities Available within Symbiota Data Portals.

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Using SCAN to construct a virtual checklist and key

Presentation Notes for the Arthropod Biodiversity Sessions held on September 19, 2013, at the 12th Biennial Conference of Science and Management on the Colorado Plateau, Northern Arizona University.

Using SCAN to Construct an Arthropod Checklist – Preliminary Insights from the “Weevils of North America” Project

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An outstanding virtual collection of insect images

A recent post on The Atlantic showcases Sam Droege’s outstanding habitus photography of insects. Thanks to Samantha Hauserman for sharing the link.