Pacific arthropod experts

The participants in our team all have research interests in arthropod diversity in French Polynesia, and many have worked in the islands for many years. For each arthropod group, these experts determine the numbers of presumed indigenous species, together with their levels of endemism. In addition, the numbers of non-indigenous and invasive species are assessed. Most participants are involved in field collecting, in addition to sorting through museum specimens and describing new species.  Additional information collected includes habitat affiliations and associated ecological data.

 

Participants

Alphabetically


Michael Balke

Zool, Staatssammlung

Coleoptera, Dytiscidae

Predaceous water beetles




Brad Balukjian

UC Berkeley

Miridae





Elin Claridge

Project Coordinator

UC Berkeley, Gump

Curculionidae

Weevils



Douglas Craig

University of Alberta

Diptera, Simuliidae

Black flies




Neil Davies

UCB Gump Station

Diptera

Invasive species




Curtis Ewing

UC Berkeley

Coleoptera, Nitidulidae

Sap beetles




Ron Englund

Bishop Museum

Odonata

Aquatic Insects




Neal Evenhuis

Bishop Museum

Diptera Dolichopodidae

Long-legged flies




Rosie Gillespie

Project Director

UC Berkeley, Gump

Spiders




David Hembry

UC Berkeley

Lepidoptera

Seed predators




Paul Krushelnycky

UC Berkeley

Ants





Stephen Jordan

Bucknell University

Odonata





Jim Liebherr

Cornell University

Coleoptera





Shane McEvey

Australian Museum

Diptera, Drosophilid flies





Riley Nelson

Brigham Young University

Strand fauna





Gordon Nishida

Database Coordinator

UC Berkeley





Peter Oboyski

UC Berkeley

Lepidoptera





Patrick O’Grady

UC Berkeley

Diptera, Drosophila

Fruit flies




Diana Percy

U British Columbia

Smithsonian Institution

Hemiptera, Psyllidae




Dan Polhemus

Bishop Museum

State of Hawaii

Heteroptera




Nick Porch

Australia National University

Canberra

Paleo-arthropods




George Roderick

UC Berkeley

Hemiptera

Invasive species




Menelaos Stavrinides

UC Berkeley

Mites





Andy Suarez

University of Illinois

Ants





April Yang

UC Berkeley

Insects and spiders




 

C Ewing, J Liebherr, Moorea [photo: D Polhemus]