Dr Joanne Taylor
Source: Museum Victoria
Museum Victoria Scientist Dr Joanne Taylor has been elected a 2012 Encyclopedia of Life (EOL, www.eol.org) Rubenstein Fellow. As one of the 16 recipients of this prestigious fellowship, Dr Taylor will use EOL as a platform for sharing her biodiversity research with her colleagues and the general public.
EOL Rubenstein Fellows awards are made possible through a generous donation by David M Rubenstein to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. The EOL Rubenstein Fellows program supports the work of a diverse group of scientists who are committed to online collaboration and outreach. Fellows receive partial funding for up to one year to translate biodiversity research, databases, and media into rich, online resources through the Encyclopedia of Life. More than 60 fellowships are expected to be awarded over the four years of the program, which began in 2010.
"The 2012 EOL Rubenstein Fellows come from various disciplinary, professional and cultural backgrounds and are engaged in a broad range of cutting-edge scientific research activities," said Dr Erick Mata, EOL Executive Director. "This outstanding group will help deepen our understanding of biodiversity and reach new audiences around the world."
EOL Rubenstein Fellows are selected on the basis of stellar achievement, promise for continued accomplishment, and the relevance of their work. This year's recipients specialize in a variety of taxonomic areas, ranging from the evolutionary ecology of invasive plants to ambrosia beetles to Indo-Pacific sponges.
One of the hallmarks of the EOL Rubenstein Fellows program is the diversity of its participants. Successful candidates were chosen from 86 students, postdoctoral and mid-career scientists, and nine of the 16 are based in countries outside of the United States, including Australia, the Czech Republic, China, and India.
Dr Taylor is one of the first Australians to be awarded a Rubenstein Fellowship, and she will provide data and images for over 400 species of squat lobsters from 13 genera. The vivid coloration of squat lobsters will be revealed in a selection of spectacular images accompanying many of the species descriptions.
About Dr Joanne Taylor: Dr Joanne Taylor is the Sciences Collections Online Project Coordinator at Museum Victoria. Throughout her career, Dr Taylor has been enthusiastic about presenting taxonomic information to a wide audience, having recently co-edited the book The Biology of Squat Lobsters and presented online interactive identification guides to the world's species of squat lobsters. As Comarge Research Fellow (2009-2011), Dr Taylor studied the evolutionary development of squat lobsters and discovered new species in the Australian region. Prior to this appointment, she managed the Marine Invertebrate Collections at Museum Victoria since 2001. Dr Taylor has a broad interest in crustaceans and marine biology and she is the Indo-Pacific Governor of The Crustacean Society.
About the Encyclopedia of Life: The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) operates as an ongoing collaboration of individuals and organizations who share the vision to provide global access to knowledge about life on Earth. EOL is supported by founding sponsors the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Additional support comes from EOL member institutions and donations from around the world. Please visit http://eol.org for more information.
About the EOL Rubenstein Fellows Program: Funded by a generous gift by David M. Rubenstein to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, the EOL Rubenstein Fellows Program provides partial stipend or salary support (up to 50% in one year) for scientists to serve information about the organisms they study through the Encyclopedia of Life. Please visit http://eol.org/info/fellows for more information.
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