- 7th International Congress of Dipterology, San Jose, Costa Rica
8-13 Aug 2010
Members of the Wiegmann lab attended the 7th International Congress of Dipterology in San Jose Costa Rica. Our research was featured in over 18 presentations at the meeting. We presented major lab contributions from the FLYTREE AToL project, as well as graduate student and postdoctoral research on Tabanidae and Empididae. This was a fantastic meeting in a beautiful tropical Country.
29 July- 7 Aug 2010
Lab members and colleagues conducted field research in Costa Rican high elevation forests. We collected Tabanidae, Empididae and other fly groups near San Gerardo al General and at Las Cruces Biological Station.
- We Welcome New Lab Members!
PhD student, Steven Turner, comes from Bradford, UK. Steven completed his M.S. in Entomology in 2009 at Imperial College Silwood Park. His M.S. research involved molecular systematics of tarantulas. Steven joined the lab in December 2009 to work on phylogeny, diversification, and behavioral evolution of Empidine dance flies.
PhD student Mauren Turcatel comes from Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil where she completed her M.S. in Entomology. Mauren has published several papers on Tabanidae already and will be a grad student in our NSF PEET project on Tabanidae (horse flies). Mauren's thesis project focuses on systematics of World chrysopine Tabanidae and will include molecular and morphological data collection. Her interests are systematics, horse flies, fine art and scientific illustration, and insect biodiversity in the Neotropical Region.
Visiting PhD student Mirian Mendonça is conducting molecular systematics research and training on a 1-year fellowship from the Federal University of Paraná. Mirian completed her M.S. in Entomology in 2008 from INPA - Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia in Brazil. Mrian has published several papers on Neotropical dance flies, including revisionary work on the empidine dance fly genus Porphyrochroa. Her Ph.D. research involves molecular phylogenetic analysis of neotropical lineages of Empidinae.
Kutty, S. N, T. Pape, B. M. Wiegmann, and R. Meier (2010) Molecular phylogeny of the Calyptratae (Diptera: Cyclorrhapha) with an emphasis on the superfamily Oestroidea and the position of Mystacinobiidae and McAlpine's fly. Systematic Entomology. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3113.2010.00536.x
The Evolutionary Biology of Flies (eds. D. Yeates & B. Wiegmann) now available through Columbia University Press [see publications for details]