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
Lorenzo Prendini
W. David Sissom

Collaborators
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

 

 

W. David Sissom

Department of Life, Earth, & Environmental Sciences
West Texas A&M University
WTAMU Box 60808
Canyon, TX  79016  USA
Phone:  806-651-2578
FAX:    806-651-2928
e-mail:  dsissom@mail.wtamu.edu


Education:
  Ph.D.  Biology, 1985,  Vanderbilt University; M.S.  Zoology, 1980, Texas Tech University; B. S.  Zoology,  1978,  Texas Tech University

Appointments:  Professor, West Texas A&M University, Dept. of Life, Earth, & Environmental Sciences (2004-); Associate Professor, West Texas A&M University, Dept. of Life, Earth, & Environmental Sciences (1997- 2001); Assistant Professor, West Texas A&M University, Dept. of Life, Earth, & Environmental Sciences (1992-1997); Associate Professor, Elon College, Department of Biology(1991-1992); Assistant Professor, Elon College, Department of Biology (1985-1991); Visiting Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University, Department of Biological Sciences (1985-1986).

Research interests:   My primary research interests lie in systematics, natural history, and ecology of North American scorpions, particularly the Vaejovidae.  I have also published taxonomic papers on scorpions in the Caribbean region, southwestern Asia, and the Middle East.  Additional research  interests include the systematics of other arachnid groups, and I have published several taxonomic papers on Araneae, Schizomida, Opiliones, and Amblypygi.  I serve as Curator of the Invertebrate Collection at WTAMU and have been involved in  studies of invertebrate  biodiversity at several locations in northern Texas.

Role in REVSYS project:  I am Co-PI on the REVSYS Vaejovidae project, primarily responsible for overseeing the generation of the morphological character data for cladistic analysis.  I will also be involved with revisionary studies of several groups within what is now the large, paraphyletic genus Vaejovis C.L. Koch.  Finally, I will lead several field excursions to collect new vaejovid material in northern Mexico, Texas, New Mexico, and eastern Arizona.  At least two WTAMU students (undergraduate and/or Masterís level) will be involved in these endeavors, under my supervision.

 


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