Colin Baron, Illumina
Ray Bernor is a program director in the Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology Program at the National Science Foundation.
Tom Brooks, from Brighton, U.K., holds a B.A. (Hons) in Geography from the University of Cambridge (1993) and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Tennessee (1998). He is currently a Vice President in Conservation International's Center for Applied Biodiversity Science, and holds visiting positions at ICRAF − the World Agroforestry Center in the University of the Philippines Los Baños and in the Department of Geography of the University of Tasmania. He is an ornithologist by training, with extensive field experience in tropical forests of Asia, South America, and Africa. His interests lie in threatened species conservation (especially of birds) and in biodiversity hotspots (especially in tropical forests), and he has authored 164 scientific and popular articles, including 65 indexed in the ISI 'Web of Science' of which 19 have been in 'Nature' or 'Science'. He has served on the Executive Committee of the BP Conservation Leadership Programme since 2002 and the IUCN Species Survival Commission Steering Committee since 2004.
Bernard Buigues, International Mammoth Committee
Claude dePamphilis, Penn State
Rob Fleischer, Smithsonian Institution
Anthony Geneva comes from the Academy of Natural Sciences in
Philadelphia, where he manages the Laboratory for Molecular Systematics and
Ecology (as well as the frozen tissue collection) and often works with curators
in assessing requests for destructive sampling from specimens. He also has had
some success in recovering sequences from older (~100 years) specimens from the
museum's collections, recently in fish and molluscs.
Matthias Glaubrecht, Berlin Museum
Anders Götherström, Uppsala
Alex Greenwood is an Assistant Professor in the Biological Sciences
Department at Old Dominion University and a Research Associate at the American
Museum of Natural History. His expertise is in analyzing ancient DNA with a
focus on nuclear and pathogen DNA. He is also investigating the roles of
endogenous retroviruses in the evolution of their hosts and their ability to
cause or influence disease.
Tim Harkins, Roche
Vanessa Hayes is Group Leader of Cancer Genetics at the Children's
Cancer Institute Australia and an Adjunct Professor of Biology at the
Pennsylvania State University. Her expertise is in assessing genetic
diversity in relation to risk factors of cancer development. She is
currently focusing her research on the facial cancer that is threatening
the survival of the Tasmanian devil.
Blair Hedges is a professor in Penn State's Department of Biology. His
expertise is in evolutionary biology, including systematics and evolutionary
Kristofer Helgen is Curator of Mammals at the National Museum of Natural
History, Smithsonian Institution. He studies questions about mammalian
evolution with special focus on systematics, biogeography, conservation biology,
and recent extinctions.
Devin Locke is a Senior Scientist working in the Technology Development
group at The Genome Center at Washington University, with expertise in the
development of cDNA and genome sequencing protocols, as well as large-scale
primate genome analyses. He is currently coordinating the International
Orangutan Genome Analysis Consortium.
Webb Miller is a professor in Penn State's Department of Biology and
Department of Computer Science and Engineering. His expertise is in analyzing
large amounts of genomic sequence data.
William Murphy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Veterinary
Integrative Biosciences at Texas A&M University. His expertise is in
comparative genomics and molecular systematics of mammals, with an emphasis on
molecular evolutionary analysis of feline genomes.
Henry Nicholls is a freelance science journalist based in London,
specializing in conservation, evolutionary biology, and history of science. He
has written features on ancient DNA for PLoS Biology, Nature, and New Scientist,
and his latest book is Lonesome George, the story of the "rarest living
creature" and the struggle to conserve the Galapagos archipelago.
David Rollinson is a Merit Research Scientist at the Natural History
Museum, London where he heads the Wolfson Wellcome Biomedical Laboratories. His
main interests include evolutionary biology, speciation, and interactions of
pathogens and hosts.
Oliver Ryder is Associate Director of San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research, where he heads the Genetics Division. He leads the effort to develop and utilize San Diego Zoo’s Frozen Zoo®, a unique and world-renowned collection of biomaterials, such as cell lines and DNA samples, from endangered species of mammals, birds and reptiles. He has lead or contributed to numerous studies that address the evolution and conservation of species, utilizing molecular and cytogenetic approaches.
Richard C. Sabin has been the Curator of the Mammal Group at the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London since 1992. Specific area of research interest: marine mammals (Cetacea). Developed NHM Mammal Group destructive sampling protocols in 1994. Expertise in tissue sample selection and tissue extraction from Museum specimens. Detailed knowledge of preparation, preservation and contamination issues which may affect DNA extraction from Museum specimens.
Tina Saey, Science News
Stephan C. Schuster is a professor in Penn State's Department of
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His interests are the application of
next-generation sequencing to species extinction, population biology and
species conservation. His is working with museum curators and wildlife
biologists on assessing the biological diversity of species in past and
Alexei Tikhonov is Director of the Zoological Museum and Deputy Director of the Zoological Institute at the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg. He is a quaternary paleontologist, and since 1994 has been involved in different projects connected with ancient DNA from the remains of mammals of the Ice Age. The Zoological Institute has a DNA lab which specializes in studying DNA from the museum specimens.
Blaire Van Valkenburgh is a Professor in UCLA's Department of Ecology and
Evolutionary Biology, and President of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.
Her expertise is in vertebrate paleobiology, with an emphasis on the evolutionary
morphology of carnivores.
Bob Wayne is a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA. He applies molecular genetic techniques to problems in conservation and evolutionary biology, and is perhaps best known for his research on dogs and endangered wild canids, living and extinct.
Yu Zhang is an assistant professor in Penn State's Department of
Statistics. His expertise is in statistical analysis of genomic sequence data.