Luke J. Harmon

Associate Professor, Department of Biology
University of Idaho

Luke studies ecological and evolutionary aspects of adaptive radiations. The Harmon Lab is interested in the causes and effects of both speciation and trait change, and how species interactions shape macroevolution.

Curt Lisle

CEO, Knowledge Vis

With a background in geospatial databasing, Curtis followed his passion for computational biology and visual tools to form a company that specializes in custom software solutions for scientific and medical visualization. The Florida-based small business uses interactive computer graphics visualization and novel software and data management strategies to assist clients in data analysis and decision-making processes.

Bob Thacker

Professor and Chair, Department of Ecology and Evolution
Stony Brook University

Bob studies ecological interactions within a comparative phylogenetic context. He uses sponges and their symbiotic microbial communities as model systems to study coevolution among hosts and symbionts, the evolution of community structure, and the evolution of mutualistic interactions.

Chelsea Specht

Associate Professor, Departments of Plant & Microbial Biology and Integrative Biology
University of California, Berkeley

Chelsea investigates the processes and patterns involved in the evolution and diversification of plants, particularly monocots. She focuses on the evolution of development, phylogenetic evolution of molecular and morphological characters, and the evolution of interspecies interactions.

Jorge Soberon

Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Kansas

Jorge documents and researches large-scale spatial patterns in the biodiversity of terrestrial species. He extensively uses databases of specimens from scientific collections or observations along with Geographical Information Systems software and he is currently a Vice Chair of the Executive Committee for the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).

Charlie Hughes

Pegasus Professor in the Computer Science Division, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of Central Florida

Charlie is interested in digital puppetry, human-technology interaction, mixed and virtual reality, computer graphics and the theory of computation. He is also the Director of the Synthetic Reality Lab and Professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design.

Jeff Baumes

Technical Leader

Kitware is a company that creates and develops open-source software that provides visualization, computer vision, medical imaging and data publishing to a variety of academic and government institutions as well as private businesses.