Overall The field of systematics endeavors to discover and describe the diversity of life and to place this diversity in an evolutionary framework and hierarchical classification. Ultimately, these activities provide a logical and stable system of taxonomic information, one that is useful and critical to all fields of biological science. Projects in my laboratory include many aspects of organismal biology but focus on three major areas:
This is a graduate and upper-level undergraduate course on the morphology, ecology, diversity, and significance of aquatic insects, with emphasis on the collection, curation and identification of taxa in local streams and lakes. The course includes frequent exposure to live insects, training in collection methods, field trips to local habitats, and an optional Spring-break trip to the southern Appalachian Mountains.
Despite the prevalence of corn- and soybean fields around Ames, central Iowa has a number of excellent locations for collecting aquatic insects. These include several rivers, lakes and marshes within easy driving (or bicycling) distance of Iowa State University. The following are but a few possibilities (click on links to see image galleries):
Lecture Schedule & Lab Schedule
Front row: Amanda Jacobson, The Skevington's (Angela, Alexander, Jeff), Greg Courtney, Greg Dahlem, Riley Nelson; Middle row: Masahiro Sueyoshi, Irina (and Leo) Brake, Dianne Mathis, Kay Whitworth, Becky Brown, Vladimir Blagoderov, Matt Petersen, Torsten Dikow; Back row(s): Peter Brake, Greg Curler, Wayne Mathis, Matt Bertone, Monty Wood, Terry Whitworth, Michelle Trautwein, Kaye Nelson, Grace Wood. Not pictured: Duncan Evered, Chris Maier.
The NADS 2005 field meeting was held 5-9 August at Malheur Field Station(MFS) in SE Oregon. The meeting brought together nearly 30 dipterists (and dipterists to be?) from throughout North America to discuss and collect flies, focusing on taxa from the northern Great Basin and on an area that most delegates had not previously visited. MFS is adjacent to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and near Steens Mountain and the Alvord Basin.
|Week 1||Introduction to systematic entomology, course basics; historical considerations. Biodiversity I: concepts, processes & patterns of global diversity|
|Week 2||Biodiversity II: historical patterns of global diversity; extinction; studying biological diversity; biotic surveys; cataloguing and describing diversity|
|Week 3||Zoological nomenclature|