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Third Meeting: The third REVSYS Meeting was held at the Division of Invertebrate Zoology, AMNH, on 1216 January 2006, and attended by all project participants. At this meeting, progress with the acquisition of molecular and morphological data was again assessed and a need to revise the strategy for scoring morphological data discussed and approved. Additional specimens from past fieldwork were identified, and further improvements to the website suggested. Problems with the flow of specimens and implementation of the specimen database were also discussed. The need for and layout of a standardized data collection sheet and barcoded unique lot identifiers was approved with the advice of PBI Research Assistant Sheridan Hewson-Smith. The remainder of the workshop was devoted to the coding and homology of morphological characters in Vaejovidae. The next meeting was scheduled for October 2006 at the AMNH.

 

Second Meeting: The second REVSYS Meeting, held at the Division of Invertebrate Zoology, AMNH on 2023 October 2005, was attended by all project participants. At this meeting, the state of the budget and progress with the acquisition of molecular and morphological data were assessed, plans for summer fieldwork discussed, specimens from past fieldwork identified, and improvements to the website suggested. A two-day workshop was held on Coding and Homology of Morphological Characters in Vaejovidae during which all vaejovid characters were discussed and a strategy for scoring them in a list of exemplar species approved. The next meeting was scheduled for January 2006 at the AMNH.

 

First Meeting: The first REVSYS Meeting, held at the Division of Invertebrate Zoology, AMNH on 1721 March 2005, was attended by all project participants. The meeting included visits to the Ambrose Monell Cryocollection (with Collection Manager, Dr Angelique Corthals), the AMNH Molecular Systematics Laboratory (with AMNH Postdoctoral Associate Dr Erich S. Volschenk and AMNH Ph.D. student Lauren Esposito), and the Invertebrate Zoology specimen collections (with AMNH Scientific Assistant, Randy Mercurio). Demonstrations of software for specimen databasing, georeferencing, mapping and GIS were delivered by the Chairman of the Division of Invertebrate Zoology, Dr Randall T. Schuh, AMNH Postdoctoral Associates Dr Erich S. Volschenk and Dr Camilo I. Mattoni, and REVSYS Ph.D. student Edmundo Gonzalez. Dr Schuh and PBI Research Assistant Sheridan Hewson-Smith demonstrated the PBI Mirid website and online database that they helped develop. Dr Volschenk demonstrated software for generating automated descriptions and identification keys. Demonstrations and discussions of cladistic software were provided by Drs Mattoni, Prendini and Volschenk. A two-day workshop on Coding and Homology of Morphological Characters in Scorpion Systematics was convened and attended by all project participants, as well as Mattoni, Volschenk and Esposito. A decision was taken to hold the next meeting at the AMNH in October 2005. Future meetings may be held at UNAM and the CAS.

 

 

 


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