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EntSoc14 Twitter pride and joy


ECN 2014 and ESA 2014 in Portland have come and gone. Great meeting, and dare I say a new sense of togetherness via social media that can improve science communication, science itself.

ESA 2014 presentation – Aligning insect phylogenies: Perelleschus and other cases

Slides are up for the Euler/X Perelleschus (+) presentation at Entomology 2014.

Franz 2014 ESA Aligning Insect Phylogenies Perelleschus and Other Cases from taxonbytes

Presentations and posters at ECN and ESA 2014

Our lab has had an eventful joint ECN/ESA 2014 meeting and presentation/poster schedule of activities. Most presentations are now posted. Great meetings – even won recognition for our Twitter contributions.

ECN 2014

Symposium – Harvesting the fruits of our labor: Utilizing collections databases to advance 21st century entomology.

1. Neil Cobb, Katja Seltmann & Nico Franz. 2014. The current state of arthropod biodiversity data: Addressing impacts of global change. Presentation.

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ESA Pacific Branch 2014 – meeting presentations

Franz Lab graduate students Andrew Jansen and Andrew Johnston presented papers at this year’s 98th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America, held on April 06-09, 2014, at the Marriott University Park in Tucson, Arizona. Here are their presentation titles, and photos taken by Sangmi Lee.

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Sangmi Lee joins Wedge Entomological Research Foundation Board of Directors

Our own Sangmi Lee was honored recently by being elected to join the Board of Directors of the Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.

Via the WERF website: “The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation (WERF) is a non- profit organization dedicated to producing taxonomic monographs on the moth fauna of the Nearctic Region. The Foundation’s principle focus is to publish biosystematic treatments on the estimated sixteen thousand plus species of moths found in North America in a series of monographs – “The Moths of North America” (MONA).

Excerpts from the Entomological Society of America news post: “Sangmi becoming one of the foremost experts in this difficult group. Sangmi developed the most comprehensive website on Gelechiidae which includes a global framework for phylogenetics and classification of Gelechioidea. She contributed educational videos on collecting and dissecting microlepidoptera that are available on YouTube. Sangmi is the Collection Manager of the Hasbrouck Insect Collection at Arizona State University, since 2012, and she serves as a referee to the Moth Photographs Group (MPG) site for identifications of gelechiids.”

Read the entire post here. Congrats, Sangmi!!

ESA Meeting & Subsequent Collecting

Four members of the Franz Systematics Lab went to the Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America: Salvatore Anzaldo, Andrew Jansen, Andrew Johnston, & Guanyang Zhang. Except for Andrew Johnston, we all presented talks on our research. Sal and I presented in  the 10 minute paper competition, while Guanyang presented during a member symposium and as the Featured Young Professional during the SysEB Member Symposium (WAY TO GO!!!). Nico Franz also submitted a poster showcasing the Symbiota project WoNA (Weevils of North America). We attended many interesting and intellectually stimulating presentations during the conference, and made sure to spend time networking and socializing with our peers and fellow researchers during the meetings of the Entomological Collections Network (ECN), and the Coleopterists Society. All in all, it was a blast! Afterwards, we spent 4 days on the road collecting insects. Andrew Johnston sought Eleodes, a genus of Tenebrionidae, while I chased after my weevils in the genus Minyomerus. We met with considerable success in the field, and even managed to bring home live critters. We collected primarily in sand dunes, including one locality north of Austin, as well as the Monahans Sandhills, and the Red Dunes near El Paso. It was a truly memorable experience.

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ESA 2013 Annual Meeting – two posters on North American and Colombian weevils

Our group is giving a regular and a virtual poster on weevils at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, held in Austin, TX. The corresponding PDFs are posted here (click on the titles). Andrew Jansen and Guanyang Zhang are also presenting on southwest U.S. and Cuban entimine weevils, respectively. An ESA 2013 meeting review will be forthcoming. The image shows Pachyrhinus californicus (Horn, 1976).

Franz Lab members to attend ESA in Austin – November 2013

Joining ~3000 entomologists, members of the Franz Lab will attend the 2013 Annual Entomological Society of America Meeting this year in Austin, Texas. We plan to drive our lab truck (Ford 150) there and carry out some collecting along the way. The members will give four talks and one poster. Postdoc Guanyang Zhang will present the “Featured Young Professional Presentation” at the SysEB Section Meeting and give another talk on his recent work on Caribbean weevils and biogeography. Graduate student Andrew Jansen will be presenting his research on the systematics of Minyomerus Horn, 1876 and Piscatopus Sleeper, 1960. Graduate student Salvatore Anzaldo will present the findings of his internship this past summer at the Frost Entomological Museum on the hind tibia of gasteruptiid wasps. And there will be a poster on the Weevils of North America project.

Look out for the ASU squad this year at ESA!