Acarologist Dr. Hans Klompen of The Ohio State University's Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology is the Museum's newest international collaborator and will be appointed as Visiting Curator this 2016.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Klompen has done research on systematics and evolution of parasitiform mites. He is currently the organizer of the Acarology Summer Program, one of the world's leading training programs in systematic acarology. He received his MS degree from Radboud University, The Netherlands and his doctoral degree from the University of Michigan.

Klompen is not alien to the country as he has spent some time in Leyte, Romblon, Catanduanes and Camarines Sur in the 1980s. When he was PhD student at the University of Michigan, he joined the team of Dr. Lawrence Heaney of The Field Museum and collected parasites of small mammals and birds caught by Heaney's team.

At the Museum, he will help entomologists expand their systematics research workflows through the use of methods that employ mixes of morphological, developmental and molecular data. As part of his sabbatical leave grant from Ohio State University, he will also conduct studies aimed to further give light on the complex taxonomy and systematics of the Uropodina.

Uropodina mites live in soil and litter, on the soil surface or on plants and feed on small invertebrates and are of special research interest as they are potential biological control for pests.

Dr. Klompen arrived in Los Banos last 25 January 2015 and with MNH entomologist Jeremy Carlo Naredo and technicians Orlando Eusebio and Rufino Garcia assisting, has started collections in Mt. Makiling, Molawin Creek, and the UP Land Grant in Siniloan, Laguna.


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