A Who's Who in Studies on Porifera

The following is a list of some of the people working on sponges, with their present Addresses, and a short description of their current research interests:

Belinda Alvarez de Glasby

National Institute of Water and Atmosphere (NIWA) PO Box. 14-901, Kilbirnie, Wellington, New Zealand
Email: B.Glasby@niwa.cri.nz
Fax: 64-4-3862153

Description of work:
Currently as a postdoctoral fellow in the Marine Taxonomy Program of NIWA.

Current projects and interests:

Bill Austin

Khoyatan Marine Laboratory, RR1, Cowichan Bay, B.C. Canada VOR 1N0 & Marine Ecology Station, RR1, Cowichan Bay, B.C. Canada VOR 1N0
phone: 250-748-4522
fax: 250-748-4410
Email: baustin@island.net
Web site

Current projects and interests:

Chris N. Battershill

New Zealand Oceanographic Institute, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, P.O. Box 14-901, Kilbirnie, Wellington, New Zealand
Fax: (64 4) 386 2153
Email: chrisb@greta.niwa.cri.nz

Current projects and interests:

Patricia R. Bergquist

Address: Zoology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand
Phone: (64) 373-7599 x 7792 (office); 373-7599 x 7295 (secretary)
Email: pr.bergquist@auckland.ac.nz

Current projects and interests:

Michael A. Borowitzka

School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Murdoch University, Perth, WA 6150, Australia
Phone: 61 9 360 2333
Fax: 61 9 310 3505
Email: borowitz@possum.murdoch.edu.au

Current projects and interests:

Nicole Boury-Esnault

Centre d'Océanologie de Marseille, Station marine d'Endoume, Université de la Méditerranée, UMR-CNRS 6540, rue de la Batterie des Lions, 13007-Marseille, France
tel : 33 491 04 16 29
fax : 33 491 04 16 35
Email : esnault@com.univ-mrs.fr

Topics of interest:

Allen Collins

Museum of Paleontology and Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
Phone: (510) 642-1607
Email: allenc@ucmp1.berkeley.edu

Current projects and interests:

Ruth Faundez

Dept. des Invertebres, Museum d'Histoire naturelle de Geneve
Case postale 643, 1211 Geneve 6, Suisse
Phone: 41.22.418.63.24
Fax: 42.22.418.63.01
Email: (work) ruth.faundez@mhn.ville-ge.ch
(home) faundea1@uni2a.unige.ch

Current projects and interests:

Dr. J. Fromont

Curator of Marine Invertebrates
Work Address: Western Australian Museum, Francis Street, Perth, WA 6000, Australia
Phone: 61 8 94272745
Fax: 61 8 93288686
Email: work: fromont@museum.wa.gov.au

Current research:

Maria Cristina Diaz

Biology department, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Phone: 408-459-3128
Email: Diaz@cats.ucsc.edu

Current projects and interests:

Thomas M. Frost

Trout Lake Station, Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin, 10810 County N, Boulder Junction, WI 54512, USA.
Email: tfrost@facstaff.wisc.edu

Current projects and interests:

Brian Ginn

Dept. of Behavioural and Life Sciences, University College of Cape Breton, P.O. Box 5300, Sydney, N.S., Canada, B1P 6L2
Phone: (902)563-1362
Fax: (902)562-0119
Email: bginn@uccb.ns.ca

Current projects and interests:

Eduardo Hajdu

Museu Nacional, Depto. de Invertebrados Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro Quinta da Boa Vista, s/n 20940-040, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, BRAZIL
Phone/Fax: +55 21 5676265/5676316/5681149/5681290/5681314/5681319/5681352/5688262
Email: hajdu@acd.ufrj.br

Current projects and interests:

Rosalind Hinde

School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia.
Email: rhinde@bio.usyd.edu.au

Research interests:

John N. A. Hooper

Position: Senior Curator, Sessile Marine Invertebrates
Queensland Museum, P.O. Box 3300, South Brisbane, Qld. 4101, Australia
Phone: +61-7-3840-7722
Fax: +61-7-3846-1226,
Email: JohnH@qm.qld.gov.au

Areas of expertise:

Current projects and interests:

Clifford Jones

School of Biological Science, University College of North Wales, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2UW Wales, United Kingdom.
Email: bss096@bangor.ac.uk

Current projects and interests:

Jaap Kaandorp

Parallel Scientific Computing and Simulation Group, Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics & Astronomy, University of Amsterdam, Kruislaan 403, 1098 SJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 5257539 / +31 20 5257463
fax: +31 20 5257490
email: jaapk@wins.uva.nl
Web site

Research interests: morphogenesis, marine sessile organisms (in particular stromatolites, Porifera, and Cnidaria), evolutionary processes, self-organisation in complex systems.

Current projects:

Michelle Kelly-Borges

Marine Ecology and Aquaculture, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Private Bag 109-695 Newmarket, Auckland, New Zealand

Email: m.kelly@niwa.cri.nz
Phone +649-375-2090
Fax +649-375-2051

Research interests and collaborative programmes:
Ongoing research projects:

Clea Lerner

Departamento de Zoologia, Instituto de Biociencias, Universidade de Sao Paulo & Museu de Ciencias Naturais, Fundacao Zoobotanica do Rio Grande do Sul. Cx Postal 1188, 90610-000, Porto Alegre, RS, BRAZIL
Phone: +55 5l 336 1511 - ramal 147
Fax: +55 51 336 l778
E-mail: cblerner@portoweb.com.br

Currently I am working on a PhD Thesis at Universidade de Sao Paulo under the supervision of Dr. Erika Schlenz (USP) and Dr. Beatriz Mothes (Museu de Ciencias Naturais, Fundacao Zoobotanica do Rio Grande do Sul). I am inventorying shallow-water sponges of South Brazilian coast (Santa Catarina State) by scuba diving.

I have been working with Dr. Beatriz Mothes in the following projects:

Sally Leys

Biology Department, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., Canada, V8W 2Y2
Fax: 604 721 7120
Email: leys@uvvm.uvic.ca

Current projects and interests:

George Mackie

Biology Department, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C, Canada, V8W 2Y2
Fax: 604 721-7120
Email: mack@uvvm.uvic.ca

Current projects and interests:

Manuel Maldonado

Department of Aquatic Ecology, Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Blanes (CSIC), Camino de Santa Bárbara s/n, Blanes, Girona 17300, Spain.
Fax: + (34) 72-337806 - Phone: + (34) 72-336101
Email: maldonado@ceab.csic.es

Current projects and interests are diverse aspects of sponge biology, especially larval and recruitment ecology, bathymetric and geographic distributions, formation of siliceous skeletons, and sponge taxonomy. For further information link to my pages at Blanes.

Beatriz Mothes

Museu de Ciencias Naturais, Fundacao Zoobotanica do Rio Grande do Sul. Cx Postal 1188, 90610-000, Porto Alegre, RS, BRAZIL
Phone: +55 5l 336 1511 - ramal 147
Fax: +55 51 336 l778
E-mail: bmothes@portoweb.com.br

For the last 4 years I have been working on my PhD on taxonomy and biogeography on sponges (Demospongiae) collected off the coast of north and northeastern Brazil. This Thesis is now finished and the manuscript is being adapted for publication.

Current projects:

Dorte Mehl

Institut für Paläontologie, Freie Universität Berlin, Malteserstr. 74-100, D-12249 Berlin
Fax: (49) 30 7762070
E-mail: palaeont@zedat.fu-berlin.de

I am interested in phylogenetic systematics, palaeobiology and evolutionary ecology in sponges. My dissertation was on the Mesozoic and Recent Hexactinellida. Currently, I am working on the Paleozoic Demospongiae and within this framework I am especially studying the phylogeny of Recent and fossil desma-carrying demosponges ("Lithistida"). Further, I work on the extinct Paleozoic calcareous sponges, the Heteractinellida and Polyactinellida. Another focus is on the evolution of Early Cambrian sponges and sponge-like organisms such as the Chancelloriidae.

Bernard Picton

Zoology Department, Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, BT9 5AB, Northern Ireland, UK

Telephone: Int+44 1232 383146 Fax: Int+44 1232 383103
Email: bernard.picton.um@nics.gov.uk
Web page

Current projects and interests:

Henry M. Reiswig

Redpath Museum, McGill University, 859 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 2K6
Phone: 1-514-398 4089
Fax: 1 514 398 3185
Email: inhr@musicb.mcgill.ca

Current projects and interests:

Klaus Ruetzler

Dept. of Invertebrate Zoology, NHB 163 Smithsonian institution Washington, D.C. 20560, USA
Fax 1 202 357 3043
Email: ruetzler@nmnh.si.edu

Current projects and interests:

Floyd R. Sandford

Dept. of Biology, Coe College Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Phone: (319)-399-8576
Fax: (319)-399-8748
Email: fsandfor@coe.edu Web page

Current projects and interests:

Kathleen Smith

Dept. of Invertebrate Zoology, NHB 163 Smithsonian institution Washington, D.C. 20560, USA
Fax 1 202 357 3043
Email: mnhiv014@sivm.si.edu

Current projects and interests:

Antonio M. Sole-Cava

Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro (U.F.R.J.), Instituto de Biologia, Departamento de Genetica, Bloco A-CCS-ILHA- DO-FUNDAO, Rio de Janeiro 21941, Brazil.
Fax: 55 21 2808043 - Phone: 55 21 2808043
Email: asole@omega.lncc.br

Current projects and interests:

Shirley Sorokin

Museum of Tropical Queensland, 70-84 Flinders St. Townsville, Queensland, 4810, Australia Ph: 077 211662

Current projects and interests:

Robert W. Thacker

Assistant Professor, UAB Department of Biology, CH 109, 1530 3rd Ave South, Birmingham, AL 35294-1170
voice: 205-934-4006
fax: 205-975-6097
Email: thacker@uab.edu
Web page

Current projects and interests:

Ole Tendal

Zoological Museum, Department of Invertebrates, Universitetsparken 15, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark
Tel: +45 3532 1118
Fax: +45 3532 1010
E-mail: ostendal@zmuc.ku.dk

Current projects and interests:

Maria J. Iosune Uriz

Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Blanes (C.S.I.C.), Cami de Santa Barbara s/n, 17300 Blanes, Spain
Tel: 72.336101
Fax: 72. 337806
Email: iosune@ceab.csic.es
Home page

Current projects and interests:

Jean Vacelet

Centre d'Oceanographie de Marseille, Station Marine d'Endoume, rue Batterie des Lions, 13007 Marseille, France.
Phone: (33) 4 91 04 16 27
Fax: (33) 4 91 04 16 35
Email: jvacelet@com.univ-mrs.fr

Current projects and interests:

Rob van Soest (I insist on the "van")

Institute of Taxonomic Zoology (Zoological Museum), University of Amsterdam, P.O.Box 94766, 1090 GT Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone: 31 20 525 6901 - Fax: 31 20 525 5402
Email: soest@bio.uva.nl

Current research interests:

Clare Valentine

Position : Curator of Porifera, Invertebrates 1 Division Department of Zoology, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road South Kensington, LONDON SW7 5BD, U.K.
Tel : +44 (0)171 938 9252
Fax : +44 (0)171 938 9158
Email: cv@nhm.ac.uk

Museum Home Page

Clare is collection manager for the NHM sponge collection and the associated library.

General Interests :

Current Projects :

Clive Wilkinson

Australian Institute of Marine Science, PMB No 3. Townsville, M.C. 4810 Australia

Current projects and interests:

Peter Willemsen

TNO Coatings, Section Anti-Fouling Research P.O. Box 57, 1780 AB Den Helda, The Netherlands.
Fax: 31-223O 20678
Phone: 31-2230 38854
Email: peterw@bct.tno.nl

Current projects and interests:

Ursula Witte

Sonderforshungsbreich 313, University of Kiel, Heinrich-Hecht-Platz 10, D-24098 Kiel
Fax: 49 431 880 1569
Email: uwitte@geomar.de

Current projects and interests:

Gert Woerheide

Institut und Museum für Geologie und Palaeontologie, Universitat Goettingen, Golschmidtstr. 3, D-37077 Goettingen, Germany
Phone: 49 551 39 79 45
Fax: 49 551 39 79 96
Email: gwoerhe@gwdg.de
Web page

Current projects and interests:

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Last updated on 6th December, 2001