Current Postdocs | Former Postdocs

Current Postdocs

Ricardo Botero-Trujillo
(Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales "Bernardino Rivadavia" - CONICET, Argentina)
Ricardo Botero-Trujillo
Ricardo Botero Trujillo earned his biology degree from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá. While an undergraduate student, he became interested in arachnids and started working on scorpions from his native country, Colombia. Gradually, hooded thick-spider (order Ricinulei) and sun-spiders (order Solifugae) became part of his research interests. After a 5-year period working in the pharmaceutical industry, Ricardo moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina to start his Ph.D. His doctoral thesis consists of a taxonomic revision and phylogenetic analysis of the South American sun-spider family Mummuciidae. After being awarded a Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grant, Ricardo visited the AMNH to study the collections of the groups he works on. He will join the AMNH to work on Ricinuleids.

Stephanie Loria
(AMNH, New York)
Stephanie Loria
Stephanie first came to the AMNH as a high school student participating in the High School Science Research Program of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation with Felicity Arengo. In 2011, she completed her B.S. at Sewanee University in TN. During her B.S. she spent a summer working at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago as an NSF REU intern studying the evolution and biogeography of the Malagasy giant pill-millipedes, genus Sphaeromimus, under the guidance of Thomas Wesener and Petra Sierwald. Stephanie entered the Comparative Biology Ph.D. program at the AMNH Richard Gilder Graduate School in 2011 and graduated in 2015. Her dissertation focused on the evolution and biogeography of Southeast Asian scorpions, particularly the family Chaerilidae.

Former Postdocs

Muhammad Tahir
(Higher Education Commission, Pakistan)
Muhammad Tahir, Ph.D.
Tahir received his Ph.D. from University of the Punjab, Lahore, with a dissertation on the "Biodiversity and predatory efficacy of spiders inhabiting the rice fields of central Punjab, Pakistan". He also worked on the scorpions of Pakistan in collaboration with Lorenzo Prendini. He came to the AMNH, in May 2013 for postdoc supported by a Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, which focused on the molecular systematics of the medically important scorpions in the family Buthidae occurring in Pakistan. He is currently working as Assistant Professor of Zoology at the University of Sargodha, Pakistan.

Carsten Kamenz
(AMNH Kalbfleisch Fellowship)
Carsten Kamenz, Ph.D.
Carsten received his Ph.D. at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, during which he visited the AMNH on an Annette Kade Fellowship. His research interest comprises the evolution of Arachnida with the focus on terrestrial adaptations. Carsten's Ph.D. thesis was 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 microtomographical techniques.

José Antonio Ochoa
(AMNH Kalbfleisch Fellowship)
Jose Ochoa, Ph.D.
José completed his Ph.D. at the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina. His 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 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.

Dana Price
(NSF-BS&I Solifugae Grant, NSF-AToL Spider Phylogeny Grant)
Dana Price, Ph.D.
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.

Camilo I. Mattoni
(AMNH Postdoctoral Fellowship)
Camilo Mattoni, Ph.D.
Camilo completed his Ph.D. at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. His dissertation involved a systematic revision of the South American scorpion genus Bothriurus. He moved to the AMNH, supported by a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Genomics, in 2004. The aim of Camilo's postdoctoral research was 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.

Erich S. Volschenk
(AMNH Postdoctoral Fellowship)
Erich Volschenk, Ph.D.
Erich completed his Ph.D. at Curtin University, Perth. His Ph.D. dissertation involved a systematic revision of the Australian buthid genera. He began a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Genomics at the 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.