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Wanted: Aquatic entomology + biodiversity informatics masters student

Here's the announcement that was mention at the ECN meeting and elsewhere: A masters student interested in aquatic entomology, museum science, and biodiversity informatics is being sought for fall, 2016. The position is supported by a 3 yr. National Science Foundation Collections in Support of Biological Research grant to Drs. DeWalt, Dmitriev, and Yoder. The home institution will be the Department of Entomology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and the student will study in the laboratory of Dr. R. Edward DeWalt of the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS). The general thesis topic is an analysis of repeated patterns of species distribution for water quality sensitive mayflies, stoneflies, and caddisflies within the midwestern USA area. The student will examine factors such as species traits and landscape variables to explain the distribution patterns. Coursework within the Department of Entomology will promote interaction with world class entomologi

New Gryloblattodea Species File

I have been updating Grylloblattodea Species File (GSF) since December 11, 2014, completing 163 hours of input on April 15, 2015.  What follows are some details of this work. As of 1998, Grylloblattodea families have been placed in three infraorders.  Eleven families remain incertae sedis as to infraorder, and 18 genera are incertae sedis as to family.  There is only one extant family of Grylloblattodea and that family currently contains 5 genera and 31 species.  To update this family I added one genus and four new species.  All accompanying authors, references, publications, and citations were added to the database as well as the holotype specimen records for three of the four new species.  Any publicly available pdfs of papers were attached to the database. The vast majority of my hours were spent updating the fossil taxa of GSF of which there are now 49 families, 280 genera, and 541 species.  There are now 306 holotype specimen records (54%) in the GSF; the literature with