About the Dipterists' Directory
Today our biota is changing faster than ever before, and the trend is clearly to the loss of diversity. Systematics is the science devoted to enumerating the world biota and deciphering the relationships among its components. To work effectively and efficiently, systematists must communicate and share resources. This directory was developed and is continually being maintained as a database to serve as a resource reference for systematists worldwide, especially those who work on the insect order Diptera. The names and addresses of some 1,945 specialists in the systematics of Diptera from over 73 countries are included. Some 1,180 specialists also provided information about their interests and taxonomic speciality. "Systematics" is defined here broadly as the science of biological relationships among taxa based on characters derived from all areas, such as morphology, biochemistry, genetics, evolution, etc. The names listed here were initially derived from information provided in abstracting journals such as the BioAbstracts combined with information from questionnaires distributed at the International Congresseses of Dipterology (Budapest, 1986; Bratislava, 1990; Guelph, 1994) and mailed out with The Flyer newsletter.
In addition to this directory a list of Diptera holdings of museums, universities, and institutions world wide will be available as collection database in the tools set of the BioSystematic Database of World Diptera.
The directory is available free to all working Diptera systematists in exchange for reprints of their publications. The costs to all others is $25.00 US, payable to the S. W. Williston Diptera Research Fund of the Smithsonian Institution.
Without the assistance of a number of colleagues and associates, this directory would not have appeared in this final form. So, we thank Elaine B. Jamison, Kyle Apigian, Kristin Barlett and Suzanne Mangan of the Systematic Entomology Laboratory, Washington, for their data entry work. Drs. Michael E. Schauff, Systematic Entomology Laboratory, Washington and Wayne N. Mathis, Smithsonian Institution for their administrative support and encouragement. Special thanks are due to Schlinger Foundation which provided support for the Online version. And finally thanks are due to our our dipterist friends too numerous to list here who over the years have patiently corrected our errors while waiting for something useful from their efforts.