TDWG 2013 in Florence, Italy, has ended, and it was a great meeting at a gorgeous location. Shown on the photo (left to right): Hilmar Lapp of Phenoscape (NESCent), Mark Schildhauer of NCEAS, and Cynthia Parr of EOL. Our group presented 5 talks and chaired the “Formal Models” section of the Semantics for Biodiversity Symposium. Talks presented by Nico Franz are here; and some impressions from the Conference are posted here. There will be a guest edited Special Issue of the Semantic Web Journal with select papers given at the Symposium. Biodiversity informatics is a truly global discipline, and one of the interesting subcontexts of attending a TDWG meeting is to understand how different regions and initiatives around the world aim for creating a sustained, useful, modern informatics infrastructure for biodiversity data at both local and global scales.
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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!
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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Our group will give two presentations at the upcoming 12th Biennial Conference of Science and Management on the Colorado Plateau at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. Each presentation will take place on September 19, 2013, as part of an arthropod session organized by Neil Cobb under the theme: “Theme: Effects of Rapid Climatic, Social, and Technological Changes on the Colorado Plateau.”
Aaron Smith, lead organizer of the Third Tenebrionoidea Symposium held at Arizona State University during August 7-8, 2013, has now collected and posted presentations and pictures from this event. A total of 36 national and international darkling beetle specialists attended “ITS3”, and many participated in pre- or post collecting trips and museum visits throughout the southwestern U.S. The event was sponsored in part by the IISE, the SoLS Natural History Collections group, and the “Eleodes” NSF grant.