A new species of Cardiidae

BiTS participant, Jan Johan ter Poorten, recently published a paper announcing a new species of Cardiidae. The paper is entitled “Fulvia (Fulvia) nienkeae spec. nov., a new Fulvia from the Central Indo-West Pacific (Bivalvia, Cardiidae)” [Basteria 76 (4-6): 117-125].

2011 Annual Meeting at the Field Museum of Natural History

This meeting concentrated on reviewing preliminary morphological and molecular cladograms for our two target taxa (Cardiidae and Veneridae “clade B”) and making plans for completing data capture and producing publishable manuscripts. Following the meeting, Jan Johan ter Poorten, Nat Herrera (lower left), and André Sartori (lower right) worked in the Museum’s Invertebrate Division on coding and resolving taxonomic issues.

BiTS 2011 Annual meeting

Participants at the Third Annual BiTS Meeting in Chicago, October 17-18, 2011 (left to right): Jan Johan ter Poorten, Rüdiger Bieler, Nathanael Herrera, Nick Matzke, David Jablonski, Scott Steppan, Paula Mikkelsen, and André Sartori.

Jan Johan ter Poorten and Nat Herrera André Sartori
Katherine Anderson joins us for Summer 2011

Venerid clam

The BiTS Morphology Group welcomes Katherine Anderson (University of Michigan), who was selected for the Field Museum's highly-competitive REU program. Mentored by Sartori and Bieler, Katherine is working on a digital catalogue of venerid species.

BiTS Morphologists Visit the Paleontological Research Institution

From February 21st to 24th, 2011, BiTS project members Jan Johan ter Poorten and André Sartori were guests of fellow-BiTS member Paula Mikkelsen at the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) in Ithaca, New York. This fossil collection is rich in Cenozoic mollusks, including type specimens of many species of cardiid and venerid bivalves needed for our morphological analysis. André and Paula also took the opportunity to discuss producing additional bivalve species pages for the Encyclopedia of Life.

Just before the PRI visit, Jan Johan was a guest in the rich fossil and Recent mollusk collections at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, taking over 300 photographs of cardiids for the BiTS project.

Sartori and ter Poorten at PRI, Ithaca, NY

Sartori awarded 2011 Rubenstein Fellowship
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BiTS scientist André Sartori has been elected a 2011 Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) Rubenstein Fellow. The fellowship program supports early-career scientists who wish to use EOL as a platform for outreach, both by providing content and by encouraging their peers to do so. In collaboration with PIs Rüdiger Bieler and Paula Mikkelsen, André will build and coordinate information on the biodiversity of marine bivalves, making Encyclopedia of Life one of the most important online resource for bivalve biology and taxonomy.