plus some others we wish to highlight (to be updated...)
Salvador Arias is currently a teacher of Biogeography at
the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, and a CONICET researcher. His main
work is on diversity informatics, in particular, on spatially explicit
models for historical biogeography, that is, developing (and
implementing) methods for phylogenetic biogeography, in which
geographic ranges of both terminals and internal nodes can be
explicitly mapped in mid-to-high resolution maps. He is also interested on
methods for inferring phylogenies using morphological data, in
particular, and on character weighting.
Maria Gandolfo has focused on several research lines within paleobotany, with the goal of answering some key questions such as the origin of angiosperms, the evolution of seed plant characters through time, evolution of floras in the Southern Hemisphere, the influence of climate on these floras, and paleoenvironmental reconstructions. She has concentrated in two areas that are related to one another: diversification and evolution of angiosperms and their paleoenvironments during the Cretaceous, and evolution of Late Cretaceous-Tertiary paleofloras of Patagonia, Argentina. These floras provide critical data for understanding the modern biotic distribution of both hemispheres, and will help address several questions such as how, why (climatically), when and where this extraordinary biotic diversity evolved. She has used traditional paleobotanical approaches, modern and cutting-edge laboratory techniques, and combined these with modern analytical methods.
Pablo Goloboff was Initially trained as an arachnologist specializing in mygalomorph spiders (publishing about 30 papers on spider taxonomy, phylogeny, and biology), and began working in phylogenetic and biogeographic methodology in the early 90's. Since then, he has published about 60 papers describing or applying new methods in phylogenetics and biogeography. He is the senior author of TNT, a program for phylogenetic analysis under parsimony, as well as some other programs (Nona, PiWe, VNDM) for phylogenetic and biogeographic analysis.
Mark Simmons is a curator and professor at Colorado State University. His research consists of two interrelated components: systematics of the plant family Celastraceae, and conceptual aspects of molecular phylogenetics. The latter include incorporation of gap (indel) characters; the trade-offs of sampling nucleotide or amino acid characters from exons; implications of alternative alignment criteria; incorporation of multi-gene families into phylogenetic analyses; measurement of phylogenetic signal; the use of phenotypic data when entire genomes are sequenced; improving upon coalescent-based phylogenetic analyses; and artifacts in parametric analyses that are caused by both ambiguous data as well as low quality tree searches. He is currently an associate editor for both Cladistics and the American Journal of Botany.
Alexis Stamatakis received his PhD in 2004 from TU Munich for work on algorithms and parallel computing for phylogenetic inference. He currently leads the Computational Molecular evolution group at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies and is a full professor of computer science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. His main research interests are algorithms, parallel computing, parallel architectures and evolutionary Bioinformatics.
Professor Mike Steel is an applied mathematician with particular interests in phylogenetics and related areas of evolutionary biology. He is director of the Biomathematics Research Centre at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, and is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB). He has co-authored three books on the mathematics of phylogenetics, published 265 research papers, and is an associate editor of Journal of Mathematical Biology and Bulletin of Mathematical Biology.
Christiane Weirauch joined the faculty in Entomology at UCR in early 2007 as a systematic entomologist. Her interest is in systematic research of Heteroptera, with an emphasis on Reduviidae, Miridae, and Dipsocoromorpha, on combining morphological and molecular data, and on integrating our systematic knowledge with the evolution of exciting character systems (such as glands), the evolution of prey capture strategies in Reduviidae, and biogeography.