REVSYS: SYSTEMATICS OF THE
SCORPION FAMILY VAEJOVIDAE
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Project Overview
Aims
Motivation
Intellectual Merit
Broader Impacts

Participating Institutions
AMNH
WTAMU
IBUNAM
CAS

Individual participants
Principal Investigators
Collaborators
Oscar Francke
Warren Savary


Graduate Students
Undergraduate Students
High School Students
Technicians
Volunteers

Workplan
Fieldwork
Museum Collections
Databasing and Mapping
Taxonomy
DNA Sequencing
Phylogenetic Analysis
Publications/Authorship

Timelines and Goals
Research Goals/Products
Training Program
Project Management

 

 

Oscar F. Francke

Laboratorio de Aracnologia
Departamento de Zoologia
Instituto de Biología, UNAM
Apartado Postal 70-153
México, D. F.  04510
México
Tel.:  52-55-5379-1615
e-mail: offb@ibiologia.unam.mx


Education:
  Ph. D., Zoology, 1976, Arizona State University; B.S. (Summa Cum Laude), Entomology, 1971, Arizona State University.

Appointments:  Curator of Arachnids, Instituto de Biología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (2004-); Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University (1979-1985); Assistant Professor, Departments of Biological Sciences and Entomology, Texas Tech University (1976-1979).

Research interests:   I am interested in the systematics and biogeography of New World scorpions.  In addition to participating in the Vaejovidae project, I am currently revising the systematics of Mexican scorpions in the families Diplocentridae, Superstitioniidae (Typhlochactinae) and Euscorpiidae (Megacorminae). One graduate student of mine recently finished a work on the scorpion fauna of the state of Mexico. Another student is finishing the scorpion fauna of the state of Morelos. Other ongoing projects involve the scorpions of the states of Chiapas and Michoacan, both of which have yielded numerous new species that we are currently describing.

Role in REVSYS project:  As a Collaborator in this project and curator of the largest scorpion collection in Mexico, I will coordinate the Mexican component of the project, providing logistic support for fieldwork, acquisition of collection and export permits, and involvement of Mexican students and colleagues, in addition to participating actively in field trips to secure specimens for molecular and morphological studies. I will also be responsible for scoring morphological characters and revising the taxonomy of several genera and species-groups within the Vaejovidae.

 


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