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Henry L. “Hank” Bart, Jr. is Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University, and Director and Curator of Fishes of the Tulane Museum of Natural History. He is also Editor of Tulane Studies in Zoology and Botany and Occasional Papers Tulane University Museum of Natural History. A native of New Orleans, he earned Bachelor’s (1979) and Master of Science (1981) degrees from University of New Orleans. He earned a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma in 1985. Hank held faculty positions at the University of Illinois and Auburn University prior to joining Tulane University in 1992. His area of research specialization is ecology and systematics of freshwater fishes. He is a collaborator in the Cypriniformes Tree of Life project and is involved in a number of biodiversity informatics projects (e.g., GEOLocate, Fishnet 2), actively promoting new uses of natural history specimens and collection data in research.
Meredith Blackwell is a Boyd Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Louisiana State University. She obtained her BS from what is now called the University of Louisiana in 1961, her MS from the University of Alabama in ichthyology in 1963, and her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 1973. She came to Louisiana State University in 1981. Meredith's research is focused on the systematics, ecology, and evolution of arthropod-associated fungi and slime molds, especially dispersal interactions. Current research involves the discovery of hundreds of new yeast species in the gut of mushroom and wood-feeding beetles and the interactions of the gut microbial communities with the hosts. She has been associated with several mycological community-wide initiatives: the Research Coordination Network: A phylogeny for Kingdom Fungi (Deep Hypha), Fungal Environmental Sampling and Informatics Network (FESIN), and Assembling the Fungal Tree of Life 2.
Karen Francl is an Assistant Professor of Biology and Curator of the Vertebrate
Natural History Collection at Radford University. She obtained her B.S. in Biological Sciences and Environmental Science from the University of Notre Dame in 1997, her M.S. in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma in 2000, and her Ph.D. in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia in 2003. She has been a faculty member at Radford University since January 2007. Karen is a wildlife biologist whose research focuses on vertebrate community ecology and habitat management. Before joining the CollectionsWeb steering committee, Karen’s museum experiences include past work with vertebrate and botanical collections at the University of Notre Dame and the Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.
Alan Prather is an Associate Professor of Plant Biology and Director of the Herbarium in the Department of Plant Biology at Michigan State University. He obtained his BS from the University of Tulsa in 1987, his MS from Oklahoma State University, and his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995. He came to Michigan State University in 1997. Alan conducts research in plant systematics focused on two vascular plant families, the Polemoniaceae and Lamiaceae, and has published on issues concerning natural history collections. Before becoming PI on the grant that has funded CollectionsWeb and Building a National Community of Natural History Collections, he was active in other collections-related initiatives such as LINNE and Herbarium Networks.
Jim Woolley is a Professor in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University. He obtained a BS from Oregon State University in 1977, a Ph.D. in Entomology from University of California at Riverside in 1983. He joined the Entomology faculty at Texas A&M University in 1983, where he has a teaching and research appointment. Jim's research is primarily concerned with the systematics of tiny parasitic wasps, including revisionary taxonomy, study of complexes of cryptic species important in agriculture, and phylogenetic relationships from the species to family level. His lab has been active in developing digital imaging and informatics technology in support of taxonomic research, and he has participated actively in the growth and development of the Texas A&M University Insect Collection. He has been involved in collections issues and initiatives such as LINNE and the Entomology Collections Network.