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November 2012
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Christiane Weirauch

 

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Wei Song and his first introduction to cricket!

 

Visiting from:

University of California

Department of Entomology

 

Working with: Mick Webb, Curator Hemiptera and Laurence Livermore; and Christiane's PhD student Wei-Song Hwang

 

Arrived at the Museum: 8th September 2012

Leaving date: 23rd September 2012

 

Whilst at the Museum Christiane and Wei Song photographed hundreds of Reduvid type specimens, here is one of them!

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Ulpius bicolor Distant, 1879 Holotype

 

Research interests:

Christiane's research interests encompass morphological and molecular systematics of Heteroptera with an emphasis on assassin bugs (Reduviidae) and plant bugs (Miridae); Evolutionary biology and biological control.

 

Under the PEET project, Wei Song's PhD research encompasses 1) the first steps towards the resolution of the polyphyletic Reduviinae, 2) testing the monophyly of the blood-feeding Triatominae,  3) establishing the genus-level phylogeny of Physoderinae based on morphology and 4) conducting a taxonomic revision of the Indo-Pacific Physoderes

 

 

Relevant webpages:

 

Heteroptera systematics lab at UCR

http://www.heteroptera.ucr.edu/

 

http://facultydirectory.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/pub/public_individual.pl?faculty=3025

 

http://hymenoptera.ucr.edu/christiane-weirauch

 

 

Relevant publications:

 

 

Hwang, WS. & Weirauch, C. 2012. Evolutionary History of Assassin Bugs (Insecta: Hemiptera: Reduviidae): Insights from Divergence Dating and Ancestral State Reconstruction. PLOS ONE.  7: 9  Article Number: e45523  

 

 

Forthman, M. & Weirauch, C. 2012. Toxic associations: A review of the predatory behaviors of millipede assassin bugs (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Ectrichodiinae). European Journal of Entomology. Volume: 109. 2:147-153

 

 

Schuh, R. T., Weirauch, C. and Wheeler, W. C. 2009. Cimicomorphan relationships (Insecta: Heteroptera): combining morphological and DNA sequence data (Insecta: Heteroptera). Systematic Entomology 34: 15-34.

 

 

Schuh, R. T., Weirauch, C., Henry, T. J., and Halbert, S. 2008. Curaliidae, a new family of Heteroptera from the Eastern United States (Insecta). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 101: 20-29.

 

 

Weirauch, C. 2008a. Cladistic analysis of Reduviidae (Heteroptera: Cimicomorpha) based on morphological characters. Systematic Entomology 33: 229-274.

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Michael Schülke, Berlin

Posted by Blaps Nov 27, 2012

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Michael Schülke

 

Visiting from:

 

Institut für Systematische Zoologie

 

Museum für Naturkunde Humbolt Universitat zu Berlin

 

 

Working with: Roger Booth, Curator of Staphylinoidea; Cucujoidea and Histeroidea

 

Arrived at the Museum: 5th September 2011

Leaving date: 23 September 2011

 

 

Research interests:

Michael studied the Tachyporinae and Oxytelinae, in particular the genus Bledius  whilst at the NHM.

 

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Some collections enhancement: Syntype designation of Bledius fossor Heer, 1839. Schulke, 2011.

 

Relevant webpages:

Michael visited the NHM on a SYNTHESIS grant. SYNTHESIS 'aims to create an integrated European infrastructure for researchers in the natural sciences' comprising of 20 European natural history museums, Universities and botanic gardens.

http://www.synthesys.info/

 

Relevant publications:

 

Schulke, M., 2005. On Staphylinus rufipes Linnaeus, 1758 (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Tachyporinae) (57th contribution to the knowledge on Tachyporines).

Entomologische Blaetter fuer Biologie und Systematik der Kaefer. Volume: 100; Issue: 3; Pages: 201-204.   

 

Schulke, M., 2000. Studies on the systematics and taxonomy of the genus Lordithon Thomson, 1859 (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae, Tachyporinae). Koleopterologische Rundschau . Volume: 70;  Pages: 87-111.