B. Miller (Brigham Young University, Provo,
UT) works on insect taxonomy, phylogenetics and evolution.
He does extensive monographic work revising genera
and species groups. He also conducts higher-level
phylogenetic work using cladistic analyses of morphological
and molecular data to improve classifications and
examine evolutionary scenarios. Most of his work has
been on Coleoptera, especially the family Dytiscidae,
but he has recently developed an interest in embiid
phylogeny and taxonomy. In this collaboration he is
contributing expertise on insect monography, phylogenetic
and systematic theory, and data acquisition and analysis
(especially DNA sequence data).
Hayashi (University of California, Riverside,
CA) works on the evolution and molecular genetics
of silk, the protein sequences of different forms
of silk and the biomechanical testing of the functional
properites of silk. Most of her work has been on spider
silks, but she has recently become interested in embiids.
To this collaboration she is contributing expertise
on molecular genetics and evolution, protein analysis,
and evolution, biomechanics and functional analysis
Edgerley-Rooks (Santa Clara University,
Santa Clara, CA) works on embiid behavior and ecology.
She currently has colonies of several phylogenetically
diverse embiid taxa in culture in her lab where she
is able to directly observe various aspects of their
life history. She brings to the collaboration expertise
in insect behavior and extensive knowledge of embiid
silk spinning, colony construction and behavior.
Claudia Szumik (CONICET –
Instituto Superior de Entomologia ‘Dr Abraham
Willink’, Tucuman, Argentina) works on embiid
systematics using morphology. She has examined specimens
from most of the major lineages of embiids and coded
an extensive number of characters, many of which were
previously unknown. She brings to the collaboration
considerable knowledge of embiid higher- and lower-level
taxonomy and morphology and systematic theory, character
coding and analytical methods.