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Mingsheng Zhu, B.S.
College of Life Sciences
Hebei University
Wu-Si-Dong-Lu, Baoding, Hebei
China 071002

Phone: 86-312-5977057
Fax: 86-312-5079364
PBI Role:
co-supervise Chinese collections;
Professional Experience:
(1) Systematics and historical biogeography of spiders (Araneae): My institute has more then 10,000 spider specimens, including 300 types. The spider families Oonopidae, Araneidae, Thomisidae, Philodromidae, Theridiidae, Trochanteriidae, Tetragnathidae, Agelenidae, and Amaurobiidae are my focus.

(2) Systematics, phylogenetic relationship, and historical biogeography of the arachnid order Scorpiones: The Chinese scorpions are poorly studies, particularly the systematics. No body has even done any research on scorpion systematics since Xianwen Wu in 1936. In 2004, I started a collaboration with Dr. M.R. Lourenco (Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle-in Paris) to study the Chinese scorpions. At this moment, scorpions from Tibet, Hainan Island, and Yunnan Province, including 3 genera and 11 new species have been studied. The number of scorpion species increased from the previous 19 to the current 32 species. From July to Augues in 2005, my research group revisited Tibet and Xinjiang and collected more than 500 scorpions and 420 of them are kept live in my lab. Three of my master-level students are working on the systematics of scorpions. I am planning additional collection trips to southwest and northwest China, Hainan Island and Xisha Islands(Paracel Islands) in southern China from 2007 to 2009. From those trips and the future study on those collections, we hope to reveal the distributional characteristics and historical biogeography of the species of arachnid order Scorpiones.

(3) Systematics of arachnid order Opinions: Opinions are poorly studied in China. Our collection has more than 1000 specimens and approximately 100 species. One of my master-level graduate students, Wei-Guang Lian, is working on those collections.
The American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with
The California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco   The University of California, Berkeley
The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago   George Washington University, Washington DC
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