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David Brown

Research Affiliate - Vertebrate Collections

Frank Bungartz

Collection Manager - Lichen Herbarium and Digital Data
I am a lichenologist interested in the biodiversity, evolution, ecology and conservation of lichenized fungi in the Sonoran Desert Region, Central America (Mexico), and South America (Galapagos Islands). I am also interested in biodeterioration and biomineralization processes, i.e., how lichens growing on rock affect their substrates. 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. He currently manages 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
I am an insect systematist specialized in evolution and biodiversity of twirler moths, with further interests in faunistic surveys and collections-based research. 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

Kathleen Pigg

Curator - Fossil Plant Collection
I am a paleobotanist who studies fossil plants, primarily from western North America that are closely related to modern plants of North America and often Asia. I study fossilized fruits, seeds, flowers and leaves and compares them with their modern relatives to learn how they have changed in their morphological features through time. More Information