Life Science Hour Seminar Series

Name:Derek Sikes
Title:Alaskan arthropod biodiversity: Documenting the state's least well-known and most species-rich animals
Date:Friday, 6 October 2017
Location:Murie Life Science Bldg, Murie Auditorium.


Although Alaska is known for its iconic megafauna, its microfauna contains rich examples of fascinating, but often very poorly-known, diversity of immense ecological importance. This talk will focus on studies by Sikes, his students, and collaborators aimed at documenting the terrestrial arthropod fauna of Alaska and his work on the systematics of the carrion beetle family Silphidae. Topics will include research on the ecosystem assembly of post-eruption Kasatochi island, the spider fauna of Toolik field station, and discovery of a cryptic Beringian species.

About the Speaker:

As curator of Insects for the University of Alaska Museum and associate professor of entomology in the Department of Biology and Wildlife, Derek Sikes, has spent the last 11 years working to improve the state insect collection, teaching entomology to UAF students and the public, and expanding knowledge of Alaska's most numerous animals.

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