Taxonomic term: Nematoda [WoRMS]
Diversity and evolution of nematodes, their interactions with other organisms, origin of
symbiosis and parasitism. are the main subjects of my research. Up to date, I described ten
new genera and 109 new species, accompanied by taxonomic revisions and identification
keys. Phylogenomics of free-living nematodes and application of metabarcoding in assessing
the resilience of ecosystems are of particular interest. My publication list accounts for over
160 papers, including journal articles, book chapters, teaching manuals, museum catalogues,
popular publication, etc. During my research career, I participated in four collaborative
projects focusing on nematode systematics. My own research on the diversity of Swedish
nematodes received continuous financial support from the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative since
2011. I organized or participated in scientific expeditions in the Ukraine, USA, Argentina,
New Zealand, Sweden and New Caledonia.
In 2015 I started as a taxonomic editor of NeMys/WoRMS, focusing on several groups of
free-living nematodes. Same year I received LifeWatch Data Grant to revise one of the
nematode orders that now includes about 700 species. Work included updating of all existing
and addition of new species records, addition of environmental data, type localities and
original descriptions. The work continues, although at a slower pace, and with different focus.
The scope of WoRMS is continuously expanding beyond the taxonomic checklist. New
features are being added and the database becomes more integrated with other biodiversity
resources. As a result, its user base will continue to grow beyond the community of
taxonomists it was originally aimed at. One of my current strong interests is to expand the
currently limited set of identification keys for nematodes available as part of NeMys/WoRMS
and improve the functionality of the underlying software.