blog stats AMNH - The Congo Project
American Museum of Natural History logo - The Congo Project
News Team Introduction Active Research Other Resources Home
American Museum of Natural History logo - The Congo Project
Team - USA Team - DRC Team - RC
Team - United States of America
Principal Investigators and Co-PIs
Melanie Stiassny Melanie Stiassny Melanie L.J. Stiassny, Ph.D.
American Museum of Natural History
Department of Ichthyology
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Voice: 212 769 5796
Fax: 212 769 5642
Email:mljs@amnh.org
http://research.amnh.org/ichthyology/staff/mljs/mljs.html

Melanie Stiassny is Axelrod Curator of Ichthyology and the PI for the Ichthyological component of the Congo Project.
Robert Schelly Robert Schelly Robert Schelly, Ph.D.
American Museum of Natural History
Department of Ichthyology
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Voice: 212 496 3664
Fax: 212 769 5642
Email: schelly@amnh.org
homepage: under construction

Robert Schelly is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Co-PI for the Ichthyological component of the Congo Project.
Daniel Graf Daniel "Zambongo" Graf Daniel Graf, Ph.D.
Center for Systematic Biology & Evolution
Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103 USA
Voice: (215) 299-1132
graf@acnatsci.org

Dan Graf is Assistant Curator of Malacology and the PI for the Malacological component of the Congo Project.
Participants
Ned Gardiner a very "retro" Ned Gardiner Ned Gardiner
National Climatic Data Center
151 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
Voice: 828-271-4800 x3167
Email: Ned.Gardiner@noaa.gov

Ned Gardiner is a Senior Geographic and Ecosystems Specialist and GIS expert for the Congo Project. Ned recently took a position with NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in North Carolina.
John_Shelton John Shelton working his magic John M. Shelton
Associate Director-Hydrologic Data, US Geological Survey
South Carolina Water Science Center
Stephenson Center, Suite 129, 720 Gracern Rd.
Columbia, SC 29210-7651
Voice: 803-750-6112
Email: jmshelto@usgs.gov

John Shelton is a hydrologist with the South Carolina Water Science Center of the US Geological Survey. John collected bathymetry, three-dimensional velocity profiles, and flow data using an acoustic Doppler current profiler to better define and describe the hydraulic and hydrologic conditions of the Lower Congo River.
Ian Harrison Ian Harrison Ian Harrison, Ph.D.
American Museum of Natural History
Department of Ichthyology
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Voice: 212 313 7796
Fax: 212 769 5642
Email: harrison@amnh.org

Ian Harrison is Project Coordinator, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, and a GIS expert for the Congo Project.
Graduate Students
Hugo Escobar Hugo Escobar Hugo Escobar
American Museum of Natural History
Department of Ichthyology
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Voice: 212 769 5760
Fax: 212 769 5642
Email: hescobar@amnh.org

Hugo Escobar is a graduate student at the City University of New York and the American Museum of Natural History. Hugo's thesis research will concentrate on the systematics and taxonomy of the alestid genus Micralestes utilizing both morphological and molecular approaches.
Jacob Heen Lowenstein Jacob Heen Lowenstein Jacob Heen Lowenstein
American Museum of Natural History
Department of Ichthyology
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Voice: 212 769 5138
Fax: 212 769 5642
Email: jlowenstein@amnh.org

Jake Lowenstein is a graduate student at Columbia University and the American Museum of Natural History.
Sara Josenhans Sara Josenhans Sara Josenhans
Columbia University
EEEB
Email: slj2111@columbia.edu

Sara Josenhans has recently completed a postbacc in Environmental Biology at Columbia University and is planning on attending graduate school in Fall 2008. She is currently volunteering with the Congo Project and is learning fish identification techniques. Together with Melanie Stiassny, Sara is currently sorting and identifying specimens collected this Summer in the Ndjili and N'sele Rivers, DRC.
Undergraduate Students
Kathyi Han Kaythi Han Kaythi Han

Kaythi Han, formerly an undergraduate at Columbia University, undertook research for her senior thesis at the museum. Kaythi collected molecular and morphometric data from specimens of the cichlid genus, Teleogramma and successfully defended an honors thesis on the subject. An abstract of Kaythi's thesis is available for download (25th abstract).
Antonia Florio Antonia Florio
Antonia Florio

Antonia Florio, formerly an undergraduate at City College (and currently a graduate student in the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History, was our 2007 AMNH Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates intern. Antonia undertook an investigation of the cichlid genus Teleogramma in the Lower Congo River utilizing molecular, morphometric and GIS data in her study.
Zach Tarleton Zach Tarleton
Zach Tarleton

Zach Tarleton, a recent graduate of the University of Georgia (biology major), joined the team in New York City in early June 2007. Zach worked with Ian Harrison, developing GIS applications for the Congo Project. In addition to GIS research, Zach learned a range of museum curation proceedures including taking and digitizing xray images of Lower Congo fish species and adding these to the website.
Rowan Morioka Rowen Morioka
Rowen Morioka

Rowen Morioka, an undergraduate at Purchase College, spent Summer 2008 working on an REU project investigating the phylogeography of the cichlid genus Lamprologus in the Lower and Central Congo River.
Jennifer Loucks Jennifer Loucks
Jennifer Loucks

Undergraduate intern, Jennifer a postbac at Columbia University, spent the Summer 2008 assisting in the molecular lab. She learnt extraction and sequencing techniques and generated mtDNA gene sequences for a large series of Lamprologus, Teleogramma, and Garra from many localities along the lower Congo River.
High School Students
Daniel Ramos Daniel Ramos
Daniel Ramos

Daniel Ramos, a Hunter College High School sophomore, is working for two afternoons a week at the Museum as a high school intern. Daniel is assisitng with the taxonomic description of a new species of the cichlid genus Lamprologus collected from Bas Congo.
Alex Capraro Alex Capraro
Alex Capraro

Alex Capraro, a student at Cardozo High School, worked on cichlid morphometrics for the Congo Project.
Jesús Heath Jesús Heath
Jesús Heath

Jesús Heath, a student at Science Technology and Research High School (STAR), worked on cichlid morphometrics for the Congo Project.

© 2007 American Museum of Natural History Back to Ichthyology Department