Just a few months ago, I moved to the mountains of Appalachia and beautiful Blacksburg, Virginia to start research and teaching at Virginia Tech in the Department of Entomology. Over the past few months, I’ve been teaching Insect Biology and building a new laboratory devoted to the discovery and description of new species and the evolution of bioluminescence. In the coming months, we will launch several new research projects studying the origins of luminescence in millipedes and biodiversity of arthropods in the Appalachian Mountains. Feel free to stop by the lab and visit!
What we’re reading…
Wojcieszek & Simmons (2012) Evidence for stabilizing selection and slow divergent evolution of male genitalia in a millipede (Antichiropus variabilis). Evolution, 66, 1138-1153.
Lozano-Fernandez, et al. (2016) A molecular palaeobiological exploration of arthropod terrestrialization. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, 371, 1-12.
Derkarabetian & Hedin (2014) Integrative Taxonomy and Species Delimitation in Harvestmen: A Revision of the Western North American Genus Sclerobunus (Opiliones: Laniatores: Travunioidea). PLOSONE, 9, 1-25.
McKenna et al. (2015) The beetle tree of life reveals that Coleoptera survived end-Permian mass extinction to diversify during the Cretaceous terrestrial revolution. Systematic Entomology, 40, 835-880.
Conniff (2014) Useless Creatures. New York Times, September 14, 2014
Thomas & Hedin (2008) Multigenic phylogeographic divergence in the paleoendemic southern Appalachian opilionid Fumontana deprehendor Shear (Opiliones, Laniatores, Triaenonychidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 46, 645-658.
Emata & Hedin (2016) From the mountains to the coast and back again: Ancient biogeography in a radiation of short-range endemic harvestmen from California, Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution, 98, 233-243.
Shear (2015) The chemical defenses of millipedes (Diplopoda): biochemistry, physiology and ecology. Biochemical Systematics & Ecology, 61, 78-117.
Kawahara & Breinholt (2014) Phylogenomics provides strong evidence for relationships of butterflies and moths. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B, 281, 1-8.
Hendrixson, et al. (2013) An exploration of species boundaries in turret-building tarantulas of the Mojave Desert (Araneae, Mygalomorphae, Theraphosidae, Aphonopelma). Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution, 66, 327-340.
de Queiroz (2007) Species concepts and species delimitation. Systematic Biology, 56, 879-886.
Werth & Shear (2014) The evolutionary truth about living fossils. American Scientist, 20, 434-443.
Kelley, et al. (2014) Compact genome of the Antarctic midge is likely an adaptation to an extreme environment. Nature Communications, 5, 1-8.
Moroz, Kocot, et al. (2014). The ctenophore genome and the evolutionary origins of neural systems. Nature, 510, 109–114
Mallet & Joron (1999) Evolution of diversity in warning color and mimicry: polymorphisms, shifting balance, and speciation. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics, 201-233.
Hoffman (2012) The garden of biotic delights. Banisteria, 40, 87-89.