Irwin and Yeates presented a paper at the North American
Dipterists Society informal conference at the Entomological Society
of America meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, in early December
1996. The paper was entitled, Spermathecae and associated tissues
of the female terminalia hold promise for constructing a higher-level
classification of the Therevidae.
Michael Irwin moderated the North American Dipterists Society
meeting at the National meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Louisville,
KY, December 1996. Brian Wiegmann organized and moderated the
conference in 1997 in Nashville, TN.
Michael Irwin presented a Department of Entomology seminar
at the University of California at Davis, intitled Dune revisited:
Exploring the lives and times of sandworms in April 1997.
A Year-Two working group meeting
of our PEET grant took place in Urbana, Illinois, from 21-23 September
1997. Present were Dr. and Mrs. Schlinger, PI Irwin, Co-PIs Wiegmann
and Yeates, Collaborators Webb and Kampmeier, graduate students
Gaimari, Metz, Holston, and Mullett (UIUC).
Gaimari presented "Phylogenetic and biogeographic history
of the cycloteline Therevinae" at the NSF/PEET Therevidae
working group annual meeting, Urbana, IL in September 1997.
Kampmeier presented a seminar demonstrating MANDALA to the
systematics collections group at the Illinois Natural History
Survey in December 1997.
Gaimari was invited to present "Using cladistic methodology
for phylogeny estimation and zoological classification, using
an example from the Diptera (Insecta)" as a Quantitative
Psychology seminar, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL in November
All PIs, the five Diptera graduate students, Kampmeier,
and Thompson attended the second NSF PEET conference in Woods
Hole, MA in March 1998. Irwin moderated a session on monography
with help from Thompson; Kampmeier demonstrated MANDALA at the
database session; Holston was a member of the student panel on
training; Winterton ("Monographs of the world Therevidae:
Australia's endemic fauna"), Yang ("Higher level Molecular
Phylogeny of the Stiletto Flies"), and Gaimari ("Systematics
and biogeography of the cycloteline Therevinae (Diptera:Therevidae)")
each submitted posters on their research; and the therevid PEET
team put together a poster complete with sound bites that gave
an overall view of our project .
Gaimari presented his Ph.D. seminar to the Department of
Entomology at UIUC entitled "Phylogenetics and biogeography
of a Laurasian group of Therevidae (Diptera)" on 30 March