The Team

Principal Investigators

Ausich, William I. : School of Earth Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Ausich, William I.

School of Earth Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH


Crinoid evolutionary history from crinoid originations through late Paleozoic radiations

http://www.geology.ohio-state.edu/~ausich/
Tomasz K. Baumiller : Museum of Paleontology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Tomasz K. Baumiller

Museum of Paleontology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


The morphology of fossil echinoderms, emphasizing crinoids

Daniel A. Janies : School of Biomedical Science, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Daniel A. Janies

School of Biomedical Science, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH


The overall PI of the Echinoderm Tree of Life project responsible for communication with NSF; the leader of the informatics group responsible for data management and enabling analyses

http://bioinformatics.uncc.edu/directory/janies-daniel
David W. Foltz : Department of Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University, Baton Louge, LA

David W. Foltz

Department of Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University, Baton Louge, LA


The molecular systematics of modern echinoderms, emphasizing Asteroidea

Rebecca L. Hunter : Department of Biology, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX

Rebecca L. Hunter

Department of Biology, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX


Molecular systematics and morphology of modern echinoderms, emphasizing Ophiuroidea

https://sites.google.com/a/acu.edu/hunter-lab/home
Kammer, Thomas W. : Department of Geology and Geography, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Kammer, Thomas W.

Department of Geology and Geography, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV


Phylogeny of Paleozoic crinoids, with emphasis on cladids, the stem group of living crinoids

http://www.geo.wvu.edu/~kammer/
Kerr, Alexander M. : Marine Laboratory, University of Guam, Magilao, GU

Kerr, Alexander M.

Marine Laboratory, University of Guam, Magilao, GU


The morphology of modern echinoderms, emphasizing Echinoidea

http://www.guammarinelab.com/alexkerr.html
Mah, Christopher L. : Department of Invertebrate Zoology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Mah, Christopher L.

Department of Invertebrate Zoology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC


Responsible for gathering morphological systematics data on sea stars, preparing manuscripts based on research results, and maintenance of existing collections as well as preparation and identification of newly-collected specimens

http://invertebrates.si.edu/mah.htm
Messing, Charles G. :

Messing, Charles G.


The phylogeny of living crinoids

Rouse, Gregory W. : Marine Biology Research Division, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA

Rouse, Gregory W.

Marine Biology Research Division, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA


The phylogeny of modern crinoids; the morphology of modern echinoderms, emphasizing crinoids; leader of outreach group

Sumrall, Colin D. : Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Sumrall, Colin D.

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN


Responsible for morphology and homology of numerous Cambrian and Ordovician echinoderm clades including edrioasteroids, homalozoans, and various groups of blastozoans

http://web.eps.utk.edu/~faculty/sumrall/sumrall.html
Swofford, David L. : Biology Department, Duke University, Durham, NC

Swofford, David L.

Biology Department, Duke University, Durham, NC


Informatics working group, leading the transcript sequence analysis pipeline

Wray, Gregory A. : Biology Department, Duke University, Durham, NC

Wray, Gregory A.

Biology Department, Duke University, Durham, NC


Molecular working group, supervising sequence data collection

http://www.biology.duke.edu/wraylab/wraylab/People_current_GAW.html

 

Research Associates

Seid, Charlotte : Benthic Invertebrate Collection, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Seid, Charlotte

Benthic Invertebrate Collection, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA


Managing project website; curating specimens and associated data

https://scripps.ucsd.edu/profiles/cseid
Deline, Bradley : Department of Geosciences, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA

Deline, Bradley

Department of Geosciences, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA


Morphology and phylogeny of Paleozoic crinoids and patterns in morphologic diversity (disparity) within echinoderms

http://www.westga.edu/~bdeline/
Waters, Johnny : Appalachian State University

Waters, Johnny

Appalachian State University


Morphology and phylogeny of blastozoans, particularly the blastoids

Postdoctoral Researchers

Rhenberg, Elizabeth : School of Earth Sciences, Ohio State University

Rhenberg, Elizabeth

School of Earth Sciences, Ohio State University


Morphology and phylogeny of crinoids

Graduate Students

Atwood, Will : The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Atwood, Will

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN


Morphology and phylogenetics within Blastoidea , and extinct clade of echinoderms that spanned from the Ordovician to the Permian.

Bragonie, Eva : M.S. student in Geology and Paleontology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Bragonie, Eva

M.S. student in Geology and Paleontology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV


Role in Echinotol: conducting research on Evolution of the oral surface and tegmen in Paleozoic camerate crinoids

Cole, Lena : School of Earth Sciences, Ohio State University

Cole, Lena

School of Earth Sciences, Ohio State University


Fadiga, Troy : Ph. D. student in Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of Tennessee Knoxville, Knoxville, TN

Fadiga, Troy

Ph. D. student in Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of Tennessee Knoxville, Knoxville, TN


Morphology and phylogenetics within Glyptocystitida, an extinct clade that spanned from the late Cambrian to the late Devonian

Miller, Allison : M.S. student in Biology, University of Guam, Guam

Miller, Allison

M.S. student in Biology, University of Guam, Guam


Phylogenetics of extant holothurians

Peter, Mark A. : Ph.D. student in School of Earth Sciences, Ohio State University

Peter, Mark A.

Ph.D. student in School of Earth Sciences, Ohio State University


Phylogeny of Flexibilia (Crinoidea)

Taylor, Kristian : Ph. D. student in Oceanographic Center, Nova Southeastern University, Dania Beach, FL

Taylor, Kristian

Ph. D. student in Oceanographic Center, Nova Southeastern University, Dania Beach, FL


Phylogenetics of extant crinoids, namely the tropiometriod and mariametroid comatulids

Undergraduate Students

Armenta, Brittany : B.S. in Biology expected May 2012 from Abilene Christian University, pre-med concentration

Armenta, Brittany

B.S. in Biology expected May 2012 from Abilene Christian University, pre-med concentration


Molecular systematics of the Ophiuroidea

Cremins, Devin : Department of Art and Graphic Design, Appalachian State University, NC

Cremins, Devin

Department of Art and Graphic Design, Appalachian State University, NC


Assisting the project on the visualization of internal structures of blastoids in 2- and 3-D

Fatland, Scott : B.S. in Coastal Environmental Science expected May 2013 from LSU School of the Coast and the Environment

Fatland, Scott

B.S. in Coastal Environmental Science expected May 2013 from LSU School of the Coast and the Environment


Molecular systematics of the Asteroidea

Rose, Shannon : B.S. in Biology expected May 2012 from Abilene Christian University, organismal biology concentration

Rose, Shannon

B.S. in Biology expected May 2012 from Abilene Christian University, organismal biology concentration


Molecular systematics of the Ophiuroidea

Thompson, Jeff : B.S. in Geological Sciences at Ohio State University

Thompson, Jeff

B.S. in Geological Sciences at Ohio State University


Helping to identify potential exemplar taxa, prepare data for posting on MorphoBank, and aiding in character coding