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Research at the MSB Division of Arthropods

Systematics and Taxonomy

Phylogeny and systematics of beetle (Dytiscidae, Hydradephaga, Cucujoidea Dytiscidae), web-spinners (Embiidina) and grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Oedipodinae); Kelly Miller

Systematics of the jumping spider genus Pellenes; Rachael Mallis

Systematics and ecology of Southwest native bees; Karen Wright

Systematics of gyrinid water beetles (Gyrinidae); Grey Gustafson

Phylogeny of Chihuahuan Desert millipedes; Mike Medrano

Cockroach systematics and behavior; Heidi Hopkins

Inventory and systematics of moths (Lepidoptera) of White Sands National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and Oliver Lee State Park, New Mexico; Eric Metzler.

Systematic revisionary work of the North American band-winged grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Oedipodinae, esp. Trimerotropini), and the North American katydid genera Aglaothorax, Neduba, Eremopedes, Pediodectes, Ateloplus, and Steiroxys (Orthoptera); David Lightfoot

Regional analysis of Southwestern sheet-web weaver spiders (Linyphiidae); Sandra Brantley


An inventory survey of the arthropods of White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, USA, and Cuatrocienegas Protected Area, Coahuila, Mexico. David Lightfoot and Kelly Miller.

Relationships between grasshopper assemblages, prairie dogs, vegetation and soils at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, and the Janos Conservation Area, Chihuahua Mexico; David Lightfoot, Ana Davidson.

Inventory and monitoring of arthropods at Valles Caldera National Preserve, New Mexico, and Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Park, Washington; Robert Parmenter.

Community ecology of grasshoppers of the Jornada Basin and at the Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research sites, New Mexico, relative to climate change and vegetation dynamics; David Lightfoot.

Long-term monitoring of ground-dwelling arthropods across an elevation gradient in the Jemez Mountains, New Mexico, in relation to climate change; David Lightfoot, Sandra Brantley and Craig Allen (USGS).