Julie Dickerson DBI Div Of Biological Infrastructure
BIO Direct For Biological Sciences
April 1, 2009
February 28, 2013 (Estimated)
Awarded Amount to Date:
Andrew Deans email@example.com (Principal Investigator)
North Carolina State University
CAMPUS BOX 7514
ADVANCES IN BIO INFORMATICS
Program Reference Code(s):
1165, 9183, 9184, BIOT
Program Element Code(s):
Sawflies, ants, bees, wasps (Hymenoptera) comprise an extraordinarily diverse lineage of insects, with more than 115,000 described species and likely 1,000,000 species yet to be discovered. These insects serve critical roles as pollinators, parasitoids, herbivores, and as models for research on social behavior, physiology, speciation genetics, and to explore parasite-host interactions. The vast anatomical diversity exhibited by these organisms, coupled with a large body of disparate research and the eccentricities of investigators, yields numerous concurrent and only partially overlapping vocabularies that describe Hymenoptera anatomy. Centuries of Hymenoptera research, therefore, remain clouded by inconsistent terminology (for example, 'annellus' is used for two different head structures and for a part of the male genitalia).
This project will bring Hymenoptera researchers together to build a consensus structured vocabulary (the Hymenoptera Anatomy Ontology) that 1) enables discovery of research results from publications, 2) empowers taxonomists to efficiently describe/ diagnose species and 3) provide improved access to information for policy makers, farmers, land managers and the general public. Tools will be developed that allow collaborators to virtually build ontologies for any group of species, while making these data useful to the research community via a Web-based anatomical atlas and application programming interface; all software will be open source (http://purl.oclc.org/NET/hymontology).
Three postdocs and three students will receive training in an emerging
field: ontologies in evolutionary biology.
PUBLICATIONS PRODUCED AS A RESULT OF THIS RESEARCH
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Miko I., Masner, L. and A. R. Deans. "World revision of Xenomerus Walker (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae)," Zootaxa, v.2708, 2010, p. 1-73.
Deans, A. R., M. J. Yoder, J. P. Balhoff. "Time to change how we describe biodiversity," Trends in Ecology and Evolution, v.27, 2012, p. 78.
Yoder M. J., Mikó I., Seltmann, K. C., Bertone, M. A., and A. R. Deans. "A gross anatomy ontology for Hymenoptera," PLoS ONE, v.5, 2010, p. e15991.
István Mikó, Frank Friedrich, Matthew J. Yoder, Heather M. Hines, Lewis L. Deitz, Matthew A. Bertone, Katja C. Seltmann, Matthew S. Wallace, Andrew R. Deans. "On Dorsal Prothoracic Appendages in Treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae) and the Nature of Morphological Evidence," PLoS ONE, v.7, 2012, p. e30137.
Miko, I; Deans, AR. "Masner, a new genus of Ceraphronidae (Hymenoptera, Ceraphronoidea) described using controlled vocabularies," ZOOKEYS, 2009, p. 127.
Yoder, MJ; Valerio, AA; Polaszek, A; Masner, L; Johnson, NF. "Revision of Scelio pulchripennis - group species (Hymenoptera, Platygastroidea, Platygastridae)," ZOOKEYS, 2009, p. 53.