Science Enabled by Specimen Data

Hochmair, H. H., Scheffrahn, R. H., Basille, M., & Boone, M. (2020). Evaluating the data quality of iNaturalist termite records. PLOS ONE, 15(5), e0226534. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0226534 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0226534

Citizen science (CS) contributes to the knowledge about species distributions, which is a critical foundation in the studies of invasive species, biological conservation, and response to climatic change. In this study, we assessed the value of CS for termites worldwide. First, we compared the abunda…

Jung, J.-M., Lee, S.-G., Kim, K.-H., Jeon, S.-W., Jung, S., & Lee, W.-H. (2019). The Potential Distribution of the Potato Tuber Moth (Phthorimaea Operculella) Based on Climate and Host Availability of Potato. Agronomy, 10(1), 12. doi:10.3390/agronomy10010012 https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10010012

This study evaluated the potential distribution of the potato tuber moth. This species severely impacts global potato production, especially in China and India, which have the world’s largest potato production. We developed two indices considering host plant availability and production in addition t…

Piel, W. H. (2018). The global latitudinal diversity gradient pattern in spiders. Journal of Biogeography, 45(8), 1896–1904. doi:10.1111/jbi.13387 https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.13387

Aim: The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that the global latitudinal diversity gradient pattern in spiders is pear‐shaped, with maximum species diversity shifted south of the Equator, rather than egg‐shaped, centred on the equator, this study infers the gradient using two large datasets…