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Frank Bungartz

Collection Manager - Lichen Herbarium and Digital Data
I study biodiversity, evolution, ecology and conservation of lichens in the Sonoran Desert, Central & South America. I am also investigating biodeterioration and biomineralization, how lichens affect their rock substrates. More Information

Chandra Earl

Biodiversity Informatician - NEON Biorepository
Chandra acts as the primary database analyst and programmer for the NEON Biorepository, ensuring implementation of FAIR principles in data management, quality, integration and use. Chandra has a comprehensive background in managing and analyzing natural history data, with research interests in DNA sequencing and bioinformatics, predictive modeling, and biodiversity data standards. More Information

Nico Franz

Curator - Hasbrouck Insect Collection and Director - Biocollections and BioKIC
I am an insect systematist who specializes in New World weevil diversity and evolution, with additional interests in biodiversity data science and in broadly promoting the use of biocollections. More Information

Edward Gilbert

Biodiversity Informatician - NEON Biorepository
Formally trained as a botanist, I have been working for the last two decades as a biodiversity informatics specialist assisting with digitization and data management of biodiversity data across all taxonomic groups. More Information

Azhar Husain

Cryo Collections Manager - NEON Biorepository
My background is in laboratory sample management, cold chain logistics and biorepository operations, in support of academic and industry research leaders. More Information

Andrew Johnston

Invertebrate Collections Manager - NEON Biorepository
I am an insect systematist with a research focus on darkling beetles (Family Tenebrionidae) and North American desert biogeography. I currently manage the invertebrate collections associated with the NEON Biorepository at the ASU Biocollections. More Information

Leslie Landrum

Curator Emeritus - Vascular Plant Herbarium
I am a plant taxonomist working on American Myrtaceae, especially Psidium and its relatives.  I also collaborate with my colleague Daryl Lafferty on investigating how biodiversity data can be used in biogeography studies.  Finally, I am editor of the Vascular Plants of Arizona project and Canotia (, a journal for Arizona botany and mycology. More Information

Sangmi Lee

Collection Manager - Hasbrouck Insect Collection and Mollusk Collection
I am an insect systematist specializing in conservation, evolution, and biodiversity of twirler moths (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), with further interests in faunistic surveys and collections-based research. More Information

Rosie Liao

Sample Preparator - NEON Biorepository
Rosie prepares the mammal vouchers for the collections. After a few years of working in the field, she has become very interested in spatial ecology and habitat use. More Information

Elizabeth Makings

Collection Manager - Vascular Plant Herbarium
I am a botanist interested in the diversity, distribution, and evolutionary history of plants and in applying this knowledge toward outreach and conservation. More Information