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James Bickerstaff

I'm currently a 3rd year PhD candidate working on the Australian ambrosia beetles, Platypodinae and Scolytinae, and their coevolved mutualistic fungi. I'm broadly interested in using these organisms as models for coevolution and biogeography, population genomics, and microbial community ecology. I have a strong interest in using molecular techniques to explore evolutionary and ecological questions, and am also working toward resolving systematic and taxonomic issues in these subfamilies as well as discovering new species. I also have experience in building electronic identification/taxonomic keys and wish to explore this further to facilitate the dissemination of insect identification to the greater public.

James's work profile

James works in the following sector(s): University

James's primary institution is: Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment - Western Sydney University

James's position is: PhD Candidate

James's work in taxonomy 

James has the following roles: Collecting, Specimen preparation, Identification, Research

James's skills are in Species delimitation, Phylogenetics, Classification, Biodiversity informatics, Genetics & Genomics, Population genetics, Biogeography, Bioinformatics

James works on the taxonomy of Animals, Fungi, Ascomycetes, Basidiomycetes, Insects, Beetles, Curculionidae, Platypodinae, Scolytinae

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James is happy to be contacted for the following reasons:

Contact from others in the taxonomy community regarding taxonomy-related issues

Contact from members of the public for advice in areas of expertise (but not for identifications)

Contact from members of the public for identifications in areas of expertise

Contact re potential citizen science projects that could contribute to taxonomic research

Contact by prospective students and others who could benefit from mentorship

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