Morphology, Anatomy, Cytogenetic and Behavior Surveys
Higher Phylogeny, Classification and Biogeography
Global Survey and
Inventory of Solifugae
The following colleagues working on Solifugae or interested in solifuge research
indicated their support and willingness to assist the project:
Luis de Armas (Instituto de Ecología y Sistemática,
Tomás Cekalovic, retired solifuge specialist in
Jorge Cepeda (Universidad de La Serena; ULS)
Ansie Dippenaar (National Collection of Arachnida,
Hisham El-Hennawy (Arachnid Collection of Egypt,
Oscar Francke (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de
Ian Gordon (International Centre of Insect
Physiology and Ecology, Nairobi; ICIPE)
Mark Harvey (Western Australian Museum, Perth)
Ahmet and Aysegül Karatas (Nigde University,
Jirí Král (Charles University, Prague)
Leon Lotz (National Museum, Bloemfontein)
Yael Lubin (Ben Gurion University, Israel)
Alfredo Peretti (Universidad Nacional de Cordoba)
Jaime Pizarro (Universidad de La Serena; ULS)
Stefan Richter (Universität Rostock; UR)
Charles Warui (National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi;
Sergei Zonstein (National Collection of
Arthropods, Tel Aviv University)
of Southern Africa
South African Reptile
Conservation Assessment (SARCA)
Two postdoctoral fellows, five PhD students and three
MS students from seven countries will be involved.
Anja Klann, a postdoc at Universität Greifswald:
will investigate ultrastructure of genitalia and spermatozoa across the
major groups of Solifugae.
Christian Wirkner, a postdoc at UR: will use
corrosion-casting and 3D-reconstruction to study the circulatory and
respiratory systems of Solifugae.
Tharina Bird, Curator of Arachnida, National
Museum of Namibia, Windhoek (NMNW), will conduct her PhD degree at Colorado
State University, cosupervised by Cushing: will revise the systematics of
Alexander Gromov, a solifuge specialist at the
Institute of Zoology, Almaty, Kazakhstan will complete his PhD: will survey
the central Asian solifuge fauna, and revise the family Rhagodidae.
Kristie Reddick (TAMU) will conduct an MS with
Wharton: will investigate relative percentages of diurnal vs. nocturnal
species, compare foraging and reproductive behavior among different families
and genera to determine phylogenetically informative characters, and
evaluate function of sexually dimorphic characters.
Halil Koç, PhD student, Ege University, Turkey:
will provide samples for DNA isolation, and will participate in and assist
with logistics for fieldwork in Turkey.
Samuel Mwangi, MS student at Africa Nazarene
University, Nairobi: will assist with fieldwork in Kenya.
Andres Ojanguren, PhD student at Museo Argentino
de Ciencias Naturales, Buenos Aires: will assist with fieldwork in
Andrea González-Reyes, PhD student at Universidad Nacional de Salta: will assist with fieldwork and samples from Argentina.
Undergraduates will be involved in fieldwork,
sorting, identification, collecting meristic data, digital imaging, and
georeferencing through the
Experiences for Undergraduates program at the AMN, the Undergraduate
Research Problems at TAMU, through collaborator Francke at UNAM; and through
collaborators Cepeda and Pizarro at ULS.
High school students will participate via high
school education programs:
Active Teens of the Museum,
School Science Research Internships, and
EduVentures, and under
Reddick's supervision at NMK.
Volunteers will be involved in sorting, databasing
and identification at DMNS and AMNH.
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