Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

Mark J Wetzel
Title: Aquatic Oligochaetologist / Macroinvertebrate Zoologist
Mailing address:
1816 S. Oak Street,
Forbes Natural History Bldg.
Champaign, IL 61820
Office address:
607 E. Peabody Drive,
468 Natural Resources Bldg.
Champaign, IL 61820
Address mailcode: 652
Office room:
Location: 468 N.R.B.
Phone: 217-244-2108

Curator and Collections Manager of the INHS Annelida Collection; Aquatic Zoologist, INHS / IL Dept. Transportation Biological Surveys and Assessment Program; INHS Collections Committee
Taxonomy, systematics, and ecology of North American freshwater Annelida / presentation of taxonomic workshops focusing on these groups; biodiversity, hydrogeology, and water quality of Holarctic springs and caves; preservation of habitat utilized by federal- and state-listed endangered, threatened, and/or rare species of aquatic organisms; distribution, ecology, and taxonomy of aquatic macroinvertebrates, particularly the non-insectan groups.
Message to students:
1976 - Phi Sigma Society.
1977 - Sigma Xi Scientific Society.
1983 - H. H. Ross Memorial Award - 1st Recipient.
2008 - Award of Appreciation, 30 years: member, Literature Review
           Committee (Annelida), Society for Freshwater Science
           {at that time, North American Benthological Society}.
2007 - Elected First General Secretary of the International Symposia
           on Aquatic Oligochaeta group.
2014 - Distinguished Service Award, Society for Freshwater Science.
Professional affiliations:
Society for Freshwater Science (North American Benthological Society, 1975–2011; Midwest Benthological Society, 1953–1975); Freshwater Biological Association (life member); Societas Internationalis Limnologiae; Biological Society of Washington; Florida Association of Benthologists.
Selected publications:
Rota, E., S. Martinsson, M. Bartoli, A. Beylich, U. Graefe, A. Laini, M.J. Wetzel, and C. Erséus. 2016. Mitochondrial evidence supports a Nearctic origin for the spreading limicolous earthworm Sparganophilus tamesis Benham, 1892 (Clitellata, Sparganophilidae). Contributions to Zoology 85(1): 113-119.
Martinsson, S., Y. Cui, P.J. Martin, A. Pinder, K. Quinlan, M.J. Wetzel, and C. Erséus. 2015.  DNA-barcoding of invasive European earthworms (Clitellata: Lumbricidae) in south-western Australia.  Biological Invasions DOI 10.1007/s10530-015-0910-7. 
Reynolds, J.W., and M.J. Wetzel. 2014.  A checklist by counties of earthworms (Oligochaeta: Acanthodrilidae, Lumbridicae, Megascolecidae, and Sparganophilidae) in Michigan, USA.  Megadrilogica 17(5): 51-72.
Reynolds, J.W., and M.J. Wetzel. 2012. Terrestrial Oligochaeta (Annelida: Clitellata) in North America, including Mexico, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Bermuda. III. Megadrilogica 15(8): 191-211.

Stribling, J., B. Sweeney, J. Morse, G. Corkum, G. Lester, S. Miller, R. Mitchell, B. Poulton, S. Strachan, and M. Wetzel. 2012. "Taxonomic certification versus the scientific method": A rebuttal of Rogers (2012). Zootaxa (3359): 65-68.

Reynolds, J.W., and M.J. Wetzel. 2011. The earthworms (Oligochaeta: Acanthodrilidae, Glossoscolecidae, Komarekionidae, Lumbridicae, Megascolecidae, and Sparganophilidae) of Illinois, USA. Megadrilogica 15(4): 35-67.

Erséus, C., M.J. Wetzel, and L. Gustavsson. 2008. ICZN rules -- a farewell to Tubificidae (Annelida, Clitellata). Zootaxa 1744: 66-68. [9 April]. A downloadable PDF of this paper is available free (through open access) by clicking HERE.

Reynolds, J.W., and M.J. Wetzel. 2008. Terrestrial Oligochaeta (Annelida: Clitellata) in North America, including Mexico, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Bermuda. Megadrilogica 12(12): 157-208.

Martin, P., E. Martínez-Ansemil, A. Pinder, T. Timm, and M.J. Wetzel. 2008. Global diversity of oligochaetous clitellates ('Oligochaeta'; Clitellata) in freshwater. Pp. 117-127, In: E.V. Balian, C. Leveque, H. Segers & K. Martens, eds. Freshwater Animal Diversity Assessment. Hydrobiologia 595(1).

Wetzel, M.J., and M.A.P. Morgan. 2007. Aquatic microdrile oligochaetes (Annelida, Clitellata) of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee. Pp. 153-158, In: P. Cox, (Ed.). The Great Smoky Mountains National Park All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory: A Search for Species in Our Own Backyard. Southeastern Naturalist 6 (Special Issue 1). 238 pp.

Kathman, R.D., and M.J. Wetzel. 2003. Allonais inaequalis (Annelida: Oligochaeta: Tubificidae) in North America. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 116(3):548-556.

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Program affiliates:
Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Data Steward, Oligochaeta; Cadre of Taxonomic Experts - NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Early Detection of Invasive Species Program.
Professional society involvement and activities:
Society for Freshwater Science (formerly, North American Benthological Society): Literature Review Committee (1979–; chair, 2010–); Technical Issues Committee; Taxonomic Certification Committee; Web Editorial Committee. American Fisheries Society: Committee on Common and Scientific Names of Aquatic Invertebrates & co-chair, CNAI Annelida Subcommittee. International Symposia on Aquatic Oligochaeta: General Secretary (2007–).

M.S., Zoology, Eastern Illinois University, 1982
B.S., Biology, University of Illinois, 1973
A.S., Biology, Parkland College, 1971

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