Nico Franz

Natural History Collections, Alameda Building
AB 145
734 W Alameda Drive
Tempe
Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4501

Biography

Nico Franz studies systematics and evolutionary history of weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea) — a highly diverse lineage of plant feeding beetles estimated to include some 220,000 species worldwide. His field- and collection-based systematics research focuses on Neotropical and Sonoran species groups. He tweets @taxonbytes.

Franz is also a leading proponent of the taxonomic concept approach — a novel, logic-enabled method that organizes taxonomic names explicitly in relation to their knowledge context, leading to a computer-processable system for tracking changes among classifications and phylogenies. With Edward Gilbert as lead developer, Franz is an academic leader of the popular Symbiota software platform for bio-collections data.

At ASU, he is the curator of the Hasbrouck Insect Collection, lead coordinator of the Natural History Collections, and director of the Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center (BioKIC). He also directs the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Biorepository at ASU.

Prior to joining the School of Life Sciences, Franz was a postdoctoral researcher in biodiversity informatics at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, and assistant professor at the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez.

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Education

PhD in Systematic Entomology, 2005, Cornell University

MSc in Biology, 1999, University of Costa Rica

Prediploma in Biology, 1996, University of Hamburg

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Research Interests

I am generally interested in insect systematics, evolution, and historical biogeography, with a particular taxonomic and geographic emphasis on weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea: Curculionidae) of the New World region. I am also interested in the theory and practice of systematics and biodiversity informatics, and specifically in the development of ontology-based representations of morphological characters of insects and of phylogenetic classifications. Lastly, I have strong interests in collection stewardship, networking, and outreach.

Publications

I. Peer-Reviewed Publications

61. Franz, N.M., et al. 2017. Checklist of the Weevils of Sonora, Mexico. Version 1, 2017. Biodiversity Data Journal. (In Preparation) URL: http://tinyurl.com/curcu-sonora

60. Zhang, G., P. Browne, G. Zhen, M.A. Johnston, H. Cadillo-Quiroz & N.M. Franz. 2017. Endosymbiont diversity and evolution across the weevil tree of life. Environmental Microbiology. (In Preparation) Preprint in biorXiv: DOI: 10.1101/171181

59. Franz, N.M., L.J. Musher, J.W. Brown, S. Yu & B. Ludäscher. 2017. Verbalizing phylogenomic conflict: representation of node congruence across competing reconstructions of the neoavian explosion" PLoS Computational Biology. (In Review) Preprint in biorXiv: 10.1101/233973

58. Cao, Y., N. Franz, J. Macklin, J. Mao & H. Cui. 2017. Resolving taxonomic names using evidence extracted from text. iConference 2018. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. (To Appear)

57. Senderov, V., K. Simov, N. Franz, P. Stoev, T. Catapano; D. Agosti, G. Sautter & L. Penev. 2017. OpenBiodiv: the Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management System Ontology. Journal of Biomedical Semantics. (To Appear)

56. Franz, N.M. & B.W. Sterner. 2017. To increase trust, change the social design behind aggregated biodiversity data. Database. (To Appear) DOI: 10.1093/database/bax100

55. Cheng, Y.-Y., N.M. Franz, J. Schneider, S. Yu, T. Rodenhausen & B. Ludäscher. 2017. Agreeing to disagree: reconciling conflicting taxonomic views using a logic-based approach. ASIST 2017. October 27 to November 01, 2017, Crystal City, VA. Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology 54(1): 46-56. DOI: 10.1002/pra2.2017.14505401006

54. Franz, N.M., C. Zhang & J. Lee. 2017. A logic approach to modeling nomenclatural change. Cladistics 33: 22 pages. (Early View) DOI: 10.1111/cla.12201

53. Sterner, B.W. & N.M. Franz. 2017. Taxonomy for humans or computers? Cognitive pragmatics for big data. Biological Theory 12(2): 99–111. DOI: 10.1007/s13752-017-0259-5

52. Seltmann, K.C. et al. (47 co-authors, including N.M. Franz). 2017. LepNet: The Lepidoptera of North America Network. Zootaxa 4247(1): 73–77. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4247.1.10

51. Franz, N.M. & G. Zhang. 2017.Three new species of entimine weevils in Early Miocene amber from the Dominican Republic (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Biodiversity Data Journal 5: e10469. DOI: 10.3897/BDJ.5.e10469

50. Zhang, G., U. Basharat, N. Matzke & N.M. Franz. 2017. Model selection in the historical biogeography of Neotropical weevils – the Exophthalmus genus complex (Insecta: Curculionidae: Entiminae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 109 (April 2017): 226–239. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2016.12.039

49. Franz, N.M., B. Ludäscher, E.E. Gilbert & A.S. Weakley. 2016. Controlling the taxonomic variable: Taxonomic concept resolution for a southeastern United States herbarium portal. Research Ideas and Outcomes 2: e10610. DOI: 10.3897/rio.2.e10610

48. Singh, S.S., M.A. Jansen, N.M. Franz & N. Chawla. 2016. Microstructure and nanoindentation of the rostrum of Curculio longinasus Chittenden, 1927 (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Materials Characterization 118: 206–211. DOI: 10.1016/j.matchar.2016.05.022

47. M.A. Jansen, S.S. Singh, N. Chawla & N.M. Franz. 2016. A multilayer micromechanical model of the cuticle of Curculio longinasus Chittenden, 1927 (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Journal of Structural Biology 195(2): 139–158. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsb.2016.05.007

46. Franz, N.M, N.M. Pier, D.M. Reeder, M. Chen, S. Yu, P. Kianmajd, S. Bowers & B. Ludäscher. 2016. Two influential primate classifications logically aligned. Systematic Biology 65(4): 561–582. DOI: 10.1093/sysbio/syw023

45. Franz, N.M., M. Chen, P. Kianmajd, S. Yu, S. Bowers, A.S. Weakley & B. Ludäscher. 2016. Names are not good enough: reasoning over taxonomic change in the Andropogon complex. Semantic Web 7(6): 1–23. DOI: 10.3233/SW-160220

44. Thessen, A.E. et al. (21 co-authors, including N.M. Franz and G. Zhang). 2015. Emerging semantics to link phenotype and environments. PeerJ 3:e1470. (39 pages) DOI: 10.7717/peerj.1470

43. M.A. Johnston, D. Fleming, N.M. Franz & A.D. Smith. 2015. Amphidorini Leconte(Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) of Arizona: keys and species accounts. Coleopterists Bulletin 69(4): 27–54. DOI: 10.1649/0010-065X-69.mo4.27

42. Dang, T.N., N.M. Franz, B. Ludäscher & A.G. Forbes. 2015. ProvenanceMatrix: a visualization tool for multi-taxonomy alignments. In: Ivanova, V., P. Lambrix, S. Lohmann & C Pesquita (editor): Voila!2015. Proceedings of the International Workshop on Visualizations and User Interfaces for Ontologies and Linked Data, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, October 11, 2015. CEUR Workshop Proceedings 1456: 13–24. URL: http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1456/paper2.pdf

41. Jansen, M.A. & N.M. Franz. 2015. Phylogenetic revision of Minyomerus Horn, 1876 sec. Jansen & Franz, 2015 (Coleoptera, Curculionidae) using taxonomic concept annotations and alignments. ZooKeys 528: 1–133. DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.528.6001

40. Chen, M., S. Yu, P. Kianmajd, N. Franz, S. Bowers & B. Ludäscher. 2015. Provenance for explaining taxonomy alignments. In: Ludäscher, B. & B. Plale (editors): Provenance and Annotation of Data and Processes. 5th International Provenance and Annotation Workshop, IPAW 2014, Cologne, Germany, June 9-13, 2014. Revised Selected Papers. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 8628: 258–260. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-16462-5_27

39. Franz, N.M., M. Chen, S. Yu, P. Kianmajd, S. Bowers & B. Ludäscher. 2015. Reasoning over taxonomic change: exploring alignments for the Perelleschus use case. PLoS ONE 10(2): e0118247. (34 pages) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118247

38. Deans, A.R. et al. (73 co-authors, including S.S. Anzaldo and N.M. Franz). 2015. Finding our way through phenotypes. PLoS Biology 13(1): e1002033. (9 pages) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002033

37. Chen, M., S. Yu, N. Franz, S. Bowers & B. Ludäscher. 2014. A hybrid diagnosis approach combining Black-Box and White-Box reasoning. In: A. Bikakis, P. Fodor & D. Roman (editors):  RuleML 2014, Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 8620: 127–141. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-09870-8_9

36. Gries, C., E.E. Gilbert & N.M. Franz. 2014. Symbiota – a virtual platform for creating voucher-based biodiversity information communities. Biodiversity Data Journal 2: e1114. (24  pages) DOI: 10.3897/BDJ.2.e1114

35. Patterson, D.J., W. Egloff, D. Agosti, D. Eades, N. Franz, G. Hagedorn & D. Remsen. 2014. Scientific names of organisms: attribution, rights and licensing. BMC Research Notes 2014, 7:79. (9 pages). DOI: 10.1186/1756-0500-7-79

34. Franz, N.M. 2014. Anatomy of a cladistic analysis. Cladistics 30(3): 294–321. DOI: 10.1111/cla.12042

33. Franz, N.M. & J. Cardona-Duque. 2013. Description of two new species and phylogenetic reassessment of Perelleschus Wibmer & O'Brien, 1986 (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), with a complete taxonomic concept history of Perelleschus sec. Franz & Cardona-Duque, 2013. Systematics and Biodiversity 11(2): 209–236. DOI: 10.1080/14772000.2013.806371

32. Franz, N.M. & A.M. Goldstein. 2013. Phenotype ontologies: are homology relations central enough? A reply to Deans et al. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 28(3): 131–132. DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2012.08.001

31. Cardona-Duque, J. & N.M. Franz. 2012. Description and phylogeny of Azotoctla, a new Neotropical genus of Acalyptini (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Curculioninae) associated with the staminodes of Cyclanthaceae. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 166(3): 559–623. DOI: 10.1111/j.1096-3642.2012.00851.x

30. Girón, J.C. & N.M. Franz. 2012. Phylogenetic assessment of the Caribbean weevil genus Lachnopus Schoenherr (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae). Invertebrate Systematics 26(1): 67–82. DOI: 10.1071/IS11033

29. Franz, N.M. 2012. Phylogenetic reassessment of the Exophthalmus genus complex (Curculionidae: Entiminae: Eustylini, Geonemini). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 164(3): 510–557. DOI: 10.1111/j.1096-3642.2011.00774.x

28. Franz, N.M. 2011. Melathra huyenae, a new genus and new species of entimine weevil from southwestern Hispaniola (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae). Coleopterists Bulletin 65(4): 352–362. DOI: 10.1649/072.065.0406

27. Girón, J.C. & N.M. Franz. 2010. Revision, phylogeny, and historical biogeography of the genus Apodrosus Marshall, 1922 (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae). Insect Systematics and Evolution 41(4): 339–414. DOI: 10.1163/187631210X538799

26. Franz, N.M. & D. Thau. 2010. Biological taxonomy and ontology development: scope and limitations. Biodiversity Informatics 7(1): 45–66. DOI: 10.17161/bi.v7i1.3927

25. Franz, N.M. 2010. Revision and phylogeny of the genus Apotomoderes Dejean (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae). ZooKeys 49: 33–75. DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.49.303

24. Franz, N.M. & M.S. Engel. 2010. Can higher-level phylogenies of weevils explain their evolutionary success? A critical review. Systematic Entomology 35(4): 596–606. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3113.2010.00534.x

23. Franz, N.M. 2010. Redescriptions of critical type species in the Eustylini Lacordaire (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae). Journal of Natural History 44(1–2): 41–80. DOI: 10.1080/00222930903383495

22. Martínez, N.J., N.M. Franz & J.A. Acosta. 2009. Structure of the scarab beetle fauna (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea) in forest remnants of western Puerto Rico. Entomotropica 24(1): 1–9. URL: http://www.entomotropica.org/index.php/entomotropica/article/view/228

21. Franz, N.M. & S.Z. Yusseff Vanegas. 2009. The University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez Insect Collection – then and now. Entomological News 120(4): 401–408. DOI: 10.3157/021.120.0409

20. Franz, N.M., C.W. O'Brien & D. Ruiz Nuñez. 2009. New records of weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea) from Mona Island, Puerto Rico. Solenodon 8: 82–98. URL: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/267889416

19. Martínez, N.J., J.A. Acosta & N.M. Franz. 2009. Structure of the beetle fauna (Insecta: Coleoptera) in forest remnants localized on the Campus of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Journal of Agriculture of the University of Puerto Rico 93(1/2): 83–100. URL: http://www.cabdirect.org/abstracts/20093344446.html

18. Franz, N.M. & R.K. Peet. 2009. Towards a language for mapping relationships among taxonomic concepts. Systematics and Biodiversity 7(1): 5–20. DOI: 10.1017/S147720000800282X

17. Franz, N.M. & J.C. Girón. 2009. Scelianoma elydimorpha, a new genus and new species of entimine weevil from southwestern Puerto Rico (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae). Neotropical Entomology 38(2): 219–230. DOI: 10.1590/S1519-566X2009000200009

16. Genaro, J.A. & N.M. Franz. 2008. The bees of Greater Puerto Rico (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila). Insecta Mundi 0040: 1–24. URL: http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/insectamundi/569

15. Franz, N.M. & P.E. Skelley. 2008. Pharaxonotha portophylla (Coleoptera: Erotylidae), new species and pollinator of Zamia (Zamiaceae) in Puerto Rico. Caribbean Journal of Science 44(3): 321–333. DOI: 10.18475/cjos.v44i3.a7

14. Franz, N.M. 2008. Revision, phylogeny, and natural history of Cotithene Voss (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Zootaxa 1782: 1–33. DOI: 10.11646/%25x

13. Franz, N.M. 2007. Reproductive trade-offs in a specialized plant/pollinator system involving Asplundia uncinata Harling (Cyclanthaceae) and a derelomine flower weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Plant Systematics and Evolution 269(3): 183–201. DOI: 10.1007/s00606-007-0595-1

12. Franz, N.M. 2007. Pollination of Anthurium by derelomine flower weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). International Journal of Tropical Biology 55(1): 269–277. URL: http://ref.scielo.org/sz39s7

11. Franz, N.M. 2006. Towards a phylogenetic system of derelomine flower weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Systematic Entomology 31(2): 220–287. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3113.2005.00308.x

10. Franz, N.M. & R.M. Valente. 2005. Evolutionary trends in derelomine flower weevils: from associations to homology. Invertebrate Systematics 19(6): 499–530. DOI: 10.1071/IS05026

9. Franz, N.M. 2005. On the lack of good scientific reasons for the growing phylogeny/classification gap. Cladistics 21(5): 495–500. DOI: 10.1111/j.1096-0031.2005.00080.x

8. Franz, N.M. 2005. Outline of an explanatory account of cladistic practice. Biology and Philosophy 20(2): 489–515. DOI: 10.1007/s10539-004-0757-2

7. Franz, N.M. 2004. Analyzing the history of the derelomine flower weevil-Carludovica association (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; Cyclanthaceae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 81(4): 483–517. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2003.00293.x

6. Franz, N.M. & W.T. Wcislo. 2003. Foraging behavior in two species of Ectatomma (Formicidae: Ponerinae): individual learning of orientation and timing. Journal of Insect Behavior 16(3): 381–410. DOI: 10.1023/A:1024880110189

5. Franz, N.M. 2003. Systematics of Cyclanthura, a new genus of Derelomini (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Insect Systematics and Evolution 34(2): 153–198. DOI: 10.1163/187631203788964818

4. Franz, N.M. 2003. Mating behaviour of Staminodeus vectoris (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), and the value of systematics in behavioural studies. Journal of Natural History 37(4): 1727–1750. DOI: 10.1080/00222930210130348

3. Franz, N.M. & C.W. O'Brien. 2001. Ganglionus, a new genus of Derelomini (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) associated with Carludovica (Cyclanthaceae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 74(6): 835–850. DOI: 10.1603/0013-8746(2001)094[0835:GANGOD]2.0.CO;2

2. Franz, N.M. & C.W. O'Brien. 2001. Revision and phylogeny of Perelleschus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), with notes on its association with Carludovica (Cyclanthaceae). Transactions of the American Entomological Society 127(2): 255–287. URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25078744

1. Franz, N.M. 2001. Description and phylogeny of Staminodeus, a new genus of Derelomini (Coleoptera:  Curculionidae) associated with Cyclanthaceae. Coleopterists Bulletin 55(4): 411–432. DOI: 10.1649/0010-065X(2001)055[0411:DAPOSA]2.0.CO;2

II. Contributed Book Chapters

4. Franz, N.M., C.W. O'Brien, S.D. Shirota, M.T. Shillingburg, C.R. Tellez & E.E. Gilbert. 2016. Assembling a virtual Weevils of North America checklist with Symbiota – preliminary insights; pp. 49–59. In Ralston, B. (editor): Proceedings of the 12th Biennial Conference of Science and Management on the Colorado Plateau. United States Geological Survey, Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5180. DOI: 10.3133/sir20155180

3. Caldara, R., N.M. Franz & R.G. Oberprieler. 2014. 3.7.10. Curculioninae Latreille, 1802; pp. 589–628. In Leschen, R.A.B. & R.G. Beutel (editors): Handbook of Zoology. Arthropoda: Insecta. Coleoptera, Beetles. Volume 3: Morphology and Systematics (Phytophaga). Walter de Gruyter, Berlin. DOI: 10.1515/9783110274462.423

2. Franz, N.M. 2009. Letter to Linnaeus; pp. 63–74. In Knapp, S. & Q.D. Wheeler (editors): Letters to Linnaeus. Commemorative Volume of the 250th Anniversary of the 10th Edition of the Systema Naturae. Linnean Society of London, London. ISBN-13: 978-0950620794. On-Line (PDF reprint)

1. Franz, N.M., R.K. Peet & A.S. Weakley. 2008. On the use of taxonomic concepts in support of biodiversity research and taxonomy; pp. 63–86. In Wheeler, Q.D. (editor): The New Taxonomy. Systematics Association Special Volume Series 76. Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton, FL. DOI: 10.1201/9781420008562.ch5

III. Published Reviews

5. Franz, N.M. 2010. Review of "G.B. Curry & C.J. Humphries. 2007. Biodiversity Databases: Techniques, Politics, and Applications". The Systematist 31: 16–19. URL: http://www.systass.org/newsletter/TheSystematist31.pdf

4. Franz, N.M. 2008. Review of "D.E. Bright & P. Bouchard. 2008. Weevils of Canada and Alaska, Volume 2. Coleoptera, Curculionidae, Entiminae. The Insects and Arachnids of Canada, Part 25". Coleopterists Bulletin 62(4): 524–525. DOI: 10.1649/1142.1

3. Franz, N.M. 2007. Review of "J.-W. Wägele. 2005. Foundations of Phylogenetic Systematics". Cladistics 23(6): 634–636. DOI: 10.1111/j.1096-0031.2007.00166.x

2. Franz, N.M. 2005. Review of "A. Sforzi & L. Bartolozzi. 2004. Brentidae of the World (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea)". Insecta Mundi 19(1–2): 117–118. URL: http://journals.fcla.edu/mundi/article/view/25054/

1. Solomon, S.A. & N.M. Franz. 2004. Review of "G. Kuschel. 2003. Nemonychidae, Belidae, Brentidae (Insecta: Coleoptera: Curculionoidea). Fauna of New Zealand 45". Coleopterists Bulletin 58(1): 27–28. DOI: 10.1649/722

IV. Other Non-Refereed Publications

5. Senderov. V., T. Georgiev, D. Agosti, T. Catapano, G. Sautter, E. Ó Tuama, N. Franz, K. Simov, P. Stoev & L. Penev. 2017. OpenBiodiv computer demo: an implementation of a semantic system running on top of the biodiversity knowledge graph. Proceedings of TDWG 1: e20193. URL: https://doi.org/10.3897/tdwgproceedings.1.20193

4. Senderov. V., T. Georgiev, D. Agosti, T. Catapano, G. Sautter, E. Ó Tuama, N. Franz, K. Simov, P. Stoev & L. Penev. 2017. OpenBiodiv poster: an implementation of a semantic system running on top of the biodiversity knowledge graph. Proceedings of TDWG 1: e20246. URL: https://doi.org/10.3897/tdwgproceedings.1.20246

3. Chen, M., S. Yu, N. Franz, S. Bowers & B. Ludäscher. 2014. Euler/X: a toolkit for logic-based taxonomy integration. WFLP 2013 – 22nd International Workshop on Functional and (Constraint) Logic Programming. 8 pages. URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1402.1992

2. Franz, N.M. & D. Thau. 2010. Biological taxonomy and ontology development: scope and limitations. Nature Preceedings. Handle: 10101/npre.2010.4593.1 URL: http://precedings.nature.com/documents/4593/version/1

1. Franz, N.M., Editor. 2002–2008. CURCULIO, International Newsletter for Curculionoidea Research, Volumes 44–56. URL: http://www.coleopsoc.org/default.asp?Action=Show_Resources&ID=Curculio

V. Select Recent Presentations (see https://www.slideshare.net/taxonbytes/presentations)

2017   Franz, N.M. "Non-unitary syntheses of taxonomic and phylogenetic knowledge". CIRSS Seminar, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL. URL @ SlideShare

2016   Franz, N.M., A. Basham & A. Mast. "New developments for the Libraries of Life project and app". Annual Meeting of the Biodiversity Information Standards Association (TDWG), Santa Clara de San Carlos, Costa Rica. URL @ SlideShare

2016   Franz, N.M., N. Cobb, B. Brandt & A. Basham. Introducing LepNet – the Lepidoptera of North America Network. Annual Meeting of the Biodiversity Information Standards Association (TDWG), Santa Clara de San Carlos, Costa Rica. URL @ SlideShare

2016   Franz, N.M., E. Gilbert, B. Brandt & R. Collin. "Updates on multiple Neotropical Symbiota portals – STRI, Flora, and Arthropods". Annual Meeting of the Biodiversity Information Standards Association (TDWG), Santa Clara de San Carlos, Costa Rica. URL @ SlideShare

2016   Franz, N.M. & B. Ludäscher. "Logic that embraces systematic progress and persistent conflict - an update on taxonomic concept reasoning". Annual Meeting of the Biodiversity Information Standards Association (TDWG), Santa Clara de San Carlos, Costa Rica. URL @ SlideShare

2016   Franz, N.M. & B.W. Sterner. "A new power balance is needed for trustworthy biodiversity data". Annual Meeting of the Biodiversity Information Standards Association (TDWG), Santa Clara de San Carlos, Costa Rica. URL @ SlideShare

2015   Franz, N., N. Cobb & K. Seltmann. "The current state of arthropod biodiversity data: addressing impacts of global change". 30th Annual Meeting, Society for the Preservation of Natural History, Gainesville, FL. URL @ SlideShare

2015   Franz, N., E. Gilbert, A. Weakley & B. Ludäscher. "Taxonomic concept resolution for voucher-based biodiversity information platforms". 30th Annual Meeting, Society for the Preservation of Natural History, Gainesville, FL. URL @ SlideShare

2014   Franz, N.M. "Explaining taxonomy's legacy to computers – how and why?" Symposium – The Meaning of Names: Naming Diversity in the 21st Century, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. URL @ SlideShare

2014   Zhang, G., U. Basharat & N. Franz.  "Ancient reverse colonization of Central America from the Caribbean in weevils of the Exophthalmus genus complex (Curculionidae: Entiminae)". Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Portland, OR. URL @ SlideShare

Research Activity

  • Franz,Nico Mario*. Digitization PEN: Integration of Data from Triplehorn Insect Collection with the Southwestern Collections of Arthropods Network. OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY(7/1/2015 - 6/30/2016).
  • Franz,Nico Mario*. iDigBio AR Flashcard. UNIV OF FLORIDA(10/21/2014 - 6/30/2015).
  • Franz,Nico Mario*. Systematics of the Darkling Beetle Genus Eleodes: Integrating Morphology DNA and Biodiversity Informatics to Resolve a Taxonomically Impeded Genus. NORTHERN AZ UNIV(8/18/2014 - 3/31/2016).
  • Franz,Nico Mario*. Digitization TCN: Collaborative Research: The Key to the Cabinets: Building and sustaining a research database for a global biodiversity hotspot. Appalachian State(8/15/2014 - 7/31/2018).
  • Franz,Nico Mario*, Gilbert,Edward Erik. ASU-SoLS Biodiversity Informatics Group. NY BOTANICAL GARDENS(8/1/2014 - 6/30/2015).
  • Franz,Nico Mario*. Identification and Curation of Rangeland grasshopper and Mormon cricket pests and associated Non-target from the Grasshopper and Mormon Cricket Ecosys. USDA(8/1/2014 - 7/31/2016).
  • Franz,Nico Mario*. Digitization TCN: Collaborative: Documenting the Occurrence Through Space Time of Aquatic Non-Indigenous Fish Mollusks Algae and Plants Threatenin. UNIV OF WISCONSIN-BUSINESS SCH(6/15/2014 - 5/31/2017).
  • Franz,Nico Mario*, Smith,Aaron Dennis, Smith,Aaron Dennis, Wheeler,Quentin Duane, Wheeler,Quentin Duane. ARTS: Systematics of the darkling beetle genus Eleodes: Integrating morphology DNA and bioinformatics to resolve a taxonomically impeded genus. NSF-BIO(4/1/2013 - 8/17/2014).
  • Franz,Nico Mario*, Patterson,David Joseph. Collaborative Research: ABI: Innovation: The Global Names Architecture an infrastructure for unifying taxonomic databases and services for managers o. NSF-BIO-DBI(2/1/2013 - 6/30/2014).
  • Franz,Nico Mario*, Wheeler,Quentin Duane. Digitization TCN: Collaborative Research: Southwest Collections of Arthropods Network (SCAN): A model for Collections Digitization to Promote Taxon. NSF-BIO(7/1/2012 - 6/30/2016).
  • Franz,Nico Mario*. SYSTEMATIC RESEARCH SUPPORT FOR ECONOMICALLY IMPORTANT INSECTS. USDA(9/29/2011 - 8/1/2016).
  • Franz,Nico Mario*. CAREER: Systematics of eustyline and geonemine weeviles: Connecting and contrasting Caribbean and Neotropical mainland radiations. NSF-BIO(7/1/2011 - 2/29/2016).

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
BIO 345 Evolution
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
BIO 494 Special Topics
MIC 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
MBB 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 499 Individualized Instruction
EVO 598 Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
BIO 189 Life Sciences Career Paths
BIO 386 General Entomology
MIC 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
MBB 495 Undergraduate Research
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
BIO 494 Special Topics
MIC 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
MBB 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 499 Individualized Instruction
EVO 598 Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
BIO 189 Life Sciences Career Paths
BIO 386 General Entomology
MIC 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
MBB 495 Undergraduate Research
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
BIO 494 Special Topics
MIC 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
MBB 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 499 Individualized Instruction
EVO 598 Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
BIO 386 General Entomology
BIO 494 Special Topics
MBB 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
MIC 495 Undergraduate Research
MIC 499 Individualized Instruction
BIO 598 Special Topics
EVO 598 Special Topics
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
BIO 494 Special Topics
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
BIO 494 Special Topics
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
MBB 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 499 Individualized Instruction
EVO 598 Special Topics
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
BIO 189 Life Sciences Career Paths
BIO 386 General Entomology
BIO 494 Special Topics
MIC 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 591 Seminar
EVO 598 Special Topics
Summer 2014
Course Number Course Title
BIO 494 Special Topics
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research

Service

In my role as lead coordinator of ASU's Natural History Collections, located at 734 W Alameda Drive, I regularly lead or participate in collections-centored mentoring and outreach activities. Please contact me via e-mail if you would like to visit or schedule an event.