A survey of terrestrial Arthropoda in Chilean temperate forests
This project is supported by the USA National Science Foundation DEB-0445413
Biological diversity is in global crisis and its conservation requires prioritizing areas for protection. It is urgent to inventory the Chilean Forest because holds unique biodiversity. Chile, isolated biogeographicaly from the rest of the Southamerican continents was part of Gondwana land, then it has close relatives in New Zealand, New Caledonia and Australia. Chile is one of the 200 global priorities areas of the planet. For information, or material contact Dr. Elizabeth Arias firstname.lastname@example.org or Professor Kipling Will email@example.com
My research focus on the tribe Pomachiliini (Elaterinae) (Candèze 1859) that originally contained over 25 genera which occur in the Holarctic, Nearctic, and Neotropical Regions, and in New Zealand. During my studies a systematic analysis revealed that a number of these genera do not belong to Pomachiliini. A phylogenetic analysis using PAUP revealed that only the South American taxa should be in this tribe.
During the past few years I have seen many Chilean Forest destroyed by industrialization. With the hope of measuring and mitigating some of this destruction I started a project to quantify biodiversity through Arthropod Monitoring. Thanks to a gift from Dr. Richard M. Bohart Emeritus Professor I started the study of the canopies using the fogging methodology.