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Nico Franz

Associate Professor & Curator of Insects
Ph.D. 2005, Systemic Entomology - Cornell University
Dr. Franz' research program concentrates on the systematics and evolutionary history of weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea), a megadiverse and notoriously intractable lineage of plant feeding beetles estimated to include some 220,000 species worldwide. His field- and morphology-based work has focused on Neotropical radiatons; including descriptions of several dozens of new taxa and a revised tribal classification of acalyptine flower weevils. Dr. Franz presently leads a project that will produce a phylogenetic redefinition and e-monograph of the Exophthalmus genus complex, with implications for Caribbean and Neotropical mainland biogeography. On the more conceptual side, he is interested in improving the linkage between numerous aspects of traditional taxonomic practice and ontology-driven approaches to data integration and reasoning. More Information

Sangmi Lee

Collection Manager - Hasbrouck Insect Collection
Ph.D. 2007, Entomology - Mississippi State University
I was born the youngest of my family and raised in Chuncheon, Kangwon-do, South Korea. I attended at Kangwon Nat’l University as an undergraduate and also as a graduate student. I received my M.Sc. degree under Dr. Kyu-Tek Park with my thesis entitled “Systematics of Subfamily Gelechiinae in Korea.” I received my Ph.D. under Dr. Richard L. Brown with my dissertation entitled “Systematics of Holartic genera of Teleiodini (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae).” After completing my Ph.D., I continued my studies as a Research Associate at the Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology, Mississippi State University. Since 2012 I am the Collection Manager of the Hasbrouck Insect Collection at Arizona State University. More Information

Kelsey Yule

Project Manager, NEON Biorepository
Ph.D. 2018, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology - University of Arizona
As part of BioKIC, Dr. Kelsey Yule is the project manager for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Biorepository. Here, she conducts and facilitates research using this unique resource to study biological responses to global change on long-term and continental scales. Her work focuses on the ecological mechanisms of host-associated genetic differentiation, mathematical models of the population dynamical and evolutionary consequences of mutualistic and antagonistic species interactions, and open source methods for describing the abiotic and biotic drivers of population genomic variation. More Information