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Nico Franz

BioKIC or Biocollections Title or Role Associate Professor & Curator of Insects
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

BioKIC or Biocollections Title or Role Collection Manager - Hasbrouck Insect Collection
Dr. Lee was born and raised in Chuncheon, Kangwon-do, South Korea. She received her Ph.D. with her dissertation entitled “Systematics of Holartic genera of Teleiodini (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae).” As part of BioKIC, she is the Collection Manager of the Hasbrouck Insect Collection at Arizona State University. As an insect systematist, she focuses on the evolution and biodiversity of twirler moths, with further interests of field surveys and collections-based research, also outreach programs in public. More Information

Kelsey Yule

BioKIC or Biocollections Title or Role Project Manager, NEON Biorepository
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