Assistant Professor at the Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne
Associate Curator (Zoology/Insects), 2005-present, Field Museum of Natural History
Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) in Zoology, University of Hamburg; 1985.
M.Sc. (Staatsexamen) in Biology, Geography and Biology-Education; University of Hamburg; 1982.
Chief Taxonomic Editor; MilliBase [http://millibase.org]
Research: Collections-based biodiversity research in Arachnida and Myriapoda, contributing to species discovery and higher level phylogenies, and to the analysis of complex and new morphological characters suites for phylogenetic research as well as to the development of taxonomic tools. Research strategies address the vastly different knowledge-base in Arachnida on one hand and Myriapoda on the other, with nearly all research in integrative and collaborative arrangements (e.g., millipede phylogenomics research). Curation of museum collections: Specimen and tissue collection building, improvement of collection accessibility through digitization and stewardship of digitized collection data.Analyses and research options employing digitized museum specimen data.
Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University. Research focus on the role of tri-trophic interactions in evolutionary, community, and food web ecology. Additional specific expertise in plant-insect interactions and Lepidoptera.
Margaret Stanley is a Senior Lecturer in Ecology with the Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity (CBB), School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland (NZ). Her research seeks to understand and mitigate human impacts on terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystems (particularly via disruption of community level interactions, e.g. plant-animal mutualisms). Her primary research focusses on the impacts and mitigation of both invasive species and urban development.
Lesley Stark received a B.Sc (1st) from the University of Aberdeen (1990). She carried out her PhD with C. Bird at the University of Edinburgh and her first postdoc with RT Hay at the University of St Andrews. She moved back to the University of Edinburgh in 1997 to the lab of MG Dunlop. In 2002 was awarded a CRF fellowship to investigate NF-kB and aspirin chemoprevention. She was appointed as a lecturer/PI at the University of Edinburgh in 2005, a senior lecturer in 2008 then a reader in 2012.
Professor Emertitus of Cell and Systems Biology at the University of Toronto. Recipient of Steacie Fellowship Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, 1982-84, Gold Medal, Entomological Society of Canada 1990, Pickford Medal in Comparative Endocrinology, 1993, Invertebrate Neuropeptide Award, 2011. Fellow, Royal Society of Canada since 1987. Editorial Boards: Peptides, Journal of Insect Physiology, General and Comparative Endocrinology, Physiological Entomology.
My research is focused around what promotes and maintains biodiversity at a range of spatial scales. Much of my work focuses on stream ecosystems, but my interests are question focused, not system specific. While my central interest lies in disentangling the mechanisms that structure metacommunities, I also tackle questions ranging from local to global, and from community ecology through to macroecology. I focus on a variety of basic ecological concepts and processes, including linkages between disturbance, productivity and diversity, biodiversity loss, ecosystem function, dispersal, and community assembly. I also aim to tackle applied ecological issues such as global change, land-use change, river regulation, and restoration, with the goal of applying ecological theory to effectively manage threatened ecosystems. My current research ties these issues together into the following three main themes: 1) Metacommunity ecology; 2) Global change ecology and macroecology; and 3) Restoration ecology. In light of these three themes, I am particularly focusing on the unique hierarchical and dendritic structure of river networks, and how this structure influences the biodiversity patterns of river communities.
I am an entomologist whose research interests are focused on the threats of invasive insects, the diversity of parasitoid communities, and the utilisation of data from natural history collections in ecological research.