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Dr Paulay, Gustav, personal home page

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  • University of Florida; Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH), more
  • Function: Curator of Marine Malacology

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  • WoRMS Steering Committee (SC), more

  • WoRMS Editorial Board (WoRMS editors), more
  • Function: Taxonomic editor


Gustav is interested in continuing to serve on the WoRMS Steering Committee, especially to facilitate the incorporation of images, distributions, and the capture of cryptic diversity. Serving on the SC has been an eye opening experience both about the power and potential of WoRMS. WoRMS’ highly successful operational model, based on a highly-engaged expert community and knowledgeable and responsive DMT, has excelled beyond most other biodiversity databases. Googling “WoRMS biodiversity” and “GBIF biodiversity” returned more hits on the former even though it is limited to marine taxa! The capture of nomenclature-associated information is rapidly moving forward, with many facets getting fairly comprehensive. Additional information, such as images, traits, and distributional data, however, is of limited availability. Increasing the coverage of such data types with the accuracy that WoRMS is known for, is the next big challenge. Images and distributional data are widely available for many species from other large sources, such as iDigBio, OBIS, GBIF, iNaturalist, but the challenge is to filter for accuracy without burdening editors to check myriads of records. Gustav would like to lead a working group on images to explore how to do this, starting with images (and later distributions) in iDigBio. iDigBio currently holds >22 million media, and >106 million occurrence records based on museum specimens, including the types of many species, providing great potential. Another challenge is to expand the database to cover taxa recognized as complexes where individual species are well-known by the community but whose nomenclature has not yet been revised. For example the common tropical urchin Echinometra mathaei is a complex of 4+ species, known through many publications as sp. A, B, C, D, etc. Expert capture of this finer scale taxonomic information will improve the coverage in WoRMS and allow more effective linkage with genetic databases such as the Barcode of Life Database (BOLD). BOLD now provides a rough first sort for each species into BINS of potential cryptic species. BOLD links are already embedded in WoRMS, but can lead to many BINS if the species name covers substantial cryptic diversity. He would like to continue to work with the SC, DMT, and editors to facilitate the expansion of WoRMS into these dimensions.

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  • invertebratezoology

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    ( 13 peer reviewed ) split up
  • Peer reviewed article Appeltans, W.; Ahyong, S.T.; Anderson, G.; Angel, M.V.; Artois, T.; Bailly, N.; Bamber, R.N.; Barber, A.; Bartsch, I.; Berta, A.; Blazewicz-Paszkowycz , M.; Bock, P.; Boxshall, G.; Boyko, C.B.; Nunes Brandão, S.; Bray, R.A.; Bruce, N.L.; Cairns, S.D.; Chan, T.-Y.; Cheng, L.; Collins, A.G.; Cribb, T.H.; Curini-Galletti, M.; Dahdouh-Guebas, F.; Davie, P.J.F.; Dawson, M.N.; De Clerck, O.; Decock, W.; De Grave, S.; de Voogd, N.J.; Domning, D.P.; Emig, C.C.; Erséus, Ch.; Eschmeyer, W.; Fauchald, K.; Fautin, D.G.; Feist, S.W.; Fransen, C.H.J.M.; Furuya, H.; García-Alvarez, O.; Gerken, S.; Gibson, D.; Gittenberger, A.; Gofas, S.; Gómez-Daglio, L.; Gordon, D.P.; Guiry, M.D.; Hernandez, F.; Hoeksema, B.W.; Hopcroft, R.R.; Jaume, D.; Kirk, P.; Koedam, N.; Koenemann, S.; Kolb, J.B.; Kristensen, R.M.; Kroh, A.; Lambert, G.; Lazarus, D.B.; Lemaitre, R.; Longshaw, M.; Lowry, J.; MacPherson, E.; Madin, L.P.; Mah, C.; Mapstone, G.; McLaughlin, P.A.; Mees, J.; Meland, K.; Messing, C.G.; Mills, C.E.; Molodtsova, T.N.; Mooi, R.; Neuhaus, B.; Ng, P.K.L.; Nielsen, C.; Norenburg, J.; Opresko, D.M.; Osawa, M.; Paulay, G.; Perrin, W.; Pilger, J.F.; Poore, G.C.B.; Pugh, Ph.R.; Read, G.B.; Reimer, J.D.; Rius, M.; Rocha, R.M.; Sáiz Salinas, J.I.; Scarabino, V.; Schierwater, B.; Schmidt-Rhaesa, A.; Schnabel, K.E.; Schotte, M.; Schuchert, P.; Schwabe, E.; Segers, H.; Self-Sullivan, C.; Shenkar, N.; Siegel, V.; Sterrer, W.; Stöhr, S.; Swalla, B.; Tasker, M.L.; Thuesen, E.V.; Timm, T.; Todaro, M.A.; Turon, X.; Tyler, S.; Uetz, P.; van der Land, J.; Vanhoorne, B.; van Ofwegen, L.P.; Van Soest, R.W.M.; Vanaverbeke, J.; Walker-Smith, G.K.; Walter, T.C.; Warren, A.; Williams, G.C.; Wilson, S.P.; Costello, M.J. (2012). The magnitude of global marine species diversity. Curr. Biol. 22(23): 2189-2202., more
  • Peer reviewed article Bracken-Grissom, H.; Collins, A.G.; Collins, T.; Crandall, K.; Distel, D.; Dunn, C.; Giribet, G.; Haddock, S.; Knowlton, N.; Martindale, M.; Medina, M.; Messing, C.; O'Brien, S.J.; Paulay, G.; Putnam, N.; Ravasi, T.; Rouse, G.W.; Ryan, J.F.; Schulze, A.; Wörheide, G.; Adamska, M.; Bailly, X.; Breinholt, J.; Browne, W.E.; Diaz, M.C.; Evans, N.; Flot, J.-F.; Fogarty, N.; Johnston, M.; Kamel, B.; Kawahara, A.Y.; Laberge, T.; Lavrov, D.; Michonneau, F.; Moroz, L.L.; Oakley, T.; Osborne, K.; Pomponi, S.A.; Rhodes, A.; Rodriguez-Lanetty, M.; Santos, S.R.; Satoh, N.; Thacker, R.W.; Van de Peer, Y.; Voolstra, C.R.; Welch, D.M.; Winston, J.; Zhou, X. (2014). The Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance (GIGA): developing community resources to study diverse invertebrate genomes. J. Hered. 105(1): 1-18.
  • Peer reviewed article DiBattista, J.; Roberts, M.; Bouwmeester, J.; Bowen, B.; Coker, D.; Lozano-Cortes, D.; Howard Choat, J.; Gaither, M.; Hobbs, J.; Khalil, M.; Kochzius, M.; Myers, R.; Paulay, G.; Robitzch, V.; Saenz-Agudelo, P.; Salas, E.; Sinclair-Taylor, T.; Toonen, R.; Westneat, M.; Williams, S.; Berumen, M. (2016). A review of contemporary patterns of endemism for shallow water reef fauna in the Red Sea. J. Biogeogr. 43(3): 423-439., more
  • Peer reviewed article Duffy, J.M.; Amaral-Zettler, L.A.; Fautin, D.G.; Paulay, G.; Rynearson, T.A.; Sosik, H.M.; Stachowicz, J.J. (2013). Envisioning a marine biodiversity observation network. BioScience 63(5): 350-361 .
  • Peer reviewed article Fukami, H.; Budd, A.F.; Paulay, G.; Solé-Cava, A.; Chen, C.A.; Iwao, K.; Knowlton, N. (2004). Conventional taxonomy obscures deep divergence between Pacific and Atlantic corals. Nature (Lond.) 427(6977): 832-835
  • Peer reviewed article Horton, T.; Gofas, S.; Kroh, A.; Poore, G.C.B.; Read, G.; Rosenberg, G.; Stöhr, S.; Bailly, N.; Boury-Esnault, N.; Brandão, S.N.; Costello, M.J.; Decock, W.; Dekeyzer, S.; Hernandez, F.; Mees, J.; Paulay, G.; Vandepitte, L.; Vanhoorne, B.; Vranken, S. (2017). Improving nomenclatural consistency: a decade of experience in the World Register of Marine Species. Eur. J. Taxon. 389: 1-24., more
  • Peer reviewed article Kim, S.W.; Kerr, A.M.; Paulay, G. (2013). Colour, confusion, and crossing: resolution of species problems in Bohadschia (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea). Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 168(1): 81-97.
  • Peer reviewed article Michonneau, F.; Borrero-Perez, G.H.; Honey, M.; Kamarudin, K.R.; Kerr, A.M.; Kim, S.; Menez, M.A.; Miller, A.; Ocha, J.A.; Olavides, R.D.; Paulay, G.; Samyn, Y.; Setyastuti, A.; Solis-Marin, F.; Starmer, J.; Vandenspiegel, D. (2013). The littoral sea cucumbers (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea) of Guam re-assessed - a diversity curve that still does not asymptote. Cah. Biol. Mar. 54(4): 531-540
  • Peer reviewed article O'Loughlin, P.M.; Paulay, G.; VandenSpiegel, D.; Samyn, Y. (2007). New Holothuria species from Australia (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea: Holothuriidae), with comments on the origin of deep and cool holothuriids. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 64: 35-52, more
  • Peer reviewed article Paulay, G. (2001). Benthic ecology and biota of Tarawa atoll lagoon: influence of equatorial upwelling, circulation, and human harvest. Atoll Res. Bull. 487: 1-41
  • Peer reviewed article Samyn, Y.; Kerr, A.; O’Loughlin, M.; Massin, C.; Pawson, D.L.; Rowe, F.W.E.; Smiley, S.; Solis-Marin, F.A.; Thandar, A.S.; VandenSpiegel, D.; Paulay, G. (2010). Using sea cucumbers to illustrate the basics of zoological nomenclature. SPC Beche-de-mer Information Bulletin 30: 33-40
  • Peer reviewed article Tebano, T.; Paulay, G. (2001). Variable recruitment and changing environments create a fluctuating resource: the biology of Anadara uropigimelana (Bivalvia: Arcidae) on Tarawa atoll. Atoll Res. Bull. 488: 1-15
  • Peer reviewed article Whelan, M.V.; Kocot, K.M.; Moroz, T.P.; Mukherjee, K.; Williams, P.; Paulay, G.; Moroz, L.L.; Halanych, K.M. (2017). Ctenophore relationships and their placement as the sister group to all other animals. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1(11): 1737-1746.

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