Muhammad Tahir, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
(Higher Education Commission, Pakistan, 2013-present)
Muhammad Tahir was born in Punjab, Pakistan in 1980. He completed M.Phil (Zoology) degree at the GC University, Lahore in 2003, and a Ph.D. from University of the Punjab, Lahore in 2009. Title of his dissertation was “Biodiversity and predatory efficacy of spiders inhibiting the rice fields of central Punjab, Pakistan”. He is working as Assistant Professor of Zoology at Department of Biological Sciences, University of Sargodha, Pakistan since 2010. He also worked on the scorpions of Pakistan in collaboration with Dr. Lorenzo Predini in 2012 supported by the Higher Education commission, Pakistan. He moved to the Division of Invertebrate Zoology, AMNH, in May 2013 for postdoc supported by a prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. Here he will do the molecular systematics of the medically important scorpions in the family Buthidae occurring in Pakistan, using a phylogenetic framework based on DNA. The phylogeny will be used to provide a framework for the identification of species using DNA sequences (DNA Barcoding).


Muhammad Tahir, Ph.D.
hafiztahirpk1@yahoo.com
Carsten Kamenz, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
(AMNH Kalbfleisch Fellowship, 2009–2011)
Carsten Kamenz finished his Ph.D. at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany) in June, 2009. His research interest comprises the evolution of Arachnida with the focus on terrestrial adaptations. Carsten’s Ph.D.-thesis is a comprehensive study of the morphology of fully land-adapted book lungs from extant and extinct arachnids. During the course of his post-doctoral research at the AMNH, Carsten examined the Palaeozoic scorpions, testing them for the purported aquatic life. The methodological spectrum he applied for revealing the morphological and anatomical characters, reaches from classical microscopy, through electron microscopy, to cutting-edge micro-tomographical techniques.


Carsten Kamenz, Ph.D.
kamenz@amnh.org
José Antonio Ochoa, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
(AMNH Kalbfleisch Fellowship, 2007–2009)
Jose Ochoa, Ph.D.



José Ochoa was born in Cusco, Peru. He completed a B.Sc. in Biology at the Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco in 1996, and a Ph.D. at the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba (Argentina) in 2003. His Ph.D. dissertation reviewed the systematics and biogeography of the scorpions of southern Peru. Jose's research interests include the systematics of the Andean scorpion genera Orobothriurus (Bothriuridae) and Hadruroides (Iuridae). He moved to the Division of Invertebrate Zoology, AMNH, supported by a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in 2007. His postdoctoral research project was the first attempt to study the phylogeny of the Neotropical family Chactidae using morphological and genetic data. He has conducted many expeditions to collect scorpions in Peru (Andes, Amazonian and Pacific desert), Argentina, Chile and Bolivia.


Dana Price, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
(NSF-BS&I Solifugae Grant, 2007; NSF-AToL Spider Phylogeny Grant, 2008)
Dana Price completed a B.S. at Salisbury State University in 1994, and then an M.S. at the University of Delaware (Entomology and Applied Ecology) in 2001. In May 2007, Dana completed her Ph.D. at Rutgers University in the Graduate Program of Ecology and Evolution. The title of her dissertation was Phylogeny, Biogeography and Behavior of the Dung Beetle Genus Phanaeus (Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae). In 2007 Dana worked with Lorenzo Prendini as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the AMNH (Division of Invertebrate Zoology) on sun spiders (Solifugae) and scorpions (Vaejovidae) supported by Prendini's NSF BS&I and RevSys grants; she worked for the NSF AToL Spider Phylogeny grant in 2008. Her interests include systematics, behavior, ecology and conservation biology.
Dana Price, Ph.D.



Camilo I. Mattoni, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
(AMNH Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2004–2006)
Camilo Mattoni, Ph.D.

Camilo Mattoni was born in Córdoba, Argentina. He completed a B.Sc. in Biology at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in 1996, and a Ph.D. in the same institution in 2003. His Ph.D. dissertation involved a systematic revision of the South American scorpion genus Bothriurus. He moved to the Division of Invertebrate Zoology, AMNH, supported by a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Genomics, in 2004. The aim of Camilo’s postdoctoral research is to produce a robust phylogenetic hypothesis of relationships in the diverse Gondwana scorpion family Bothriuridae, using morphological and genetic data, and a sampling of as many bothriurid species as possible. He is also interested in scorpion ecology, behavior and reproduction, and in theoretical aspects of cladistics. One of his most recent contributions provides the first detailed description and comparison of the genital plugs in scorpions. He has conducted many expeditions to collect scorpions in Argentina, Chile and Bolivia.


Erich S. Volschenk, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
(AMNH Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2003–2006)
Erich Volschenk was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, but grew up in Brisbane, Australia. Erich completed a B.Sc. (Hons) at James Cook University, Townsville, Australia, in 1996 before moving to Curtin University, Perth, for a Ph.D., which he completed in 2003. His Ph.D. dissertation involved a systematic revision of the Australian buthid genera. He took up a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Genomics at the Division of Invertebrate Zoology, AMNH in 2003. His postdoctoral research project is the first serious attempt to investigate the phylogeny of the cosmopolitan scorpion family Buthidae, using molecular and morphological data and a broad sample of exemplar species. Erich's research interests include the systematics of Buthidae and the Australian endemic scorpion genus Urodacus, the homology of scorpion hemispermatophores, and the biology of troglobitic arachnids. He pioneered the use of ultraviolet light in scorpion photomicrography. Erich has conducted extensive fieldwork in Australia, and led an expedition to the Dominican Republic in 2004.
Erich Volschenk, Ph.D.