Tomomi Saito: Usa Marine Biological Institute, Kochi University, Kochi

t-saito@kochi-u.ac.jp    ORCID: 0000-0001-9776-5453


Tomomi Saito: received his Ph.D. in Science from the Graduate School of Science at Tokyo University, Japan. He has worked in the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, Japan from 1994 to 2011. During this period, he was involved in research on the reproduction and taxonomy of crustaceans and the captive breeding of endangered sea turtles. He then took a position as an associate professor at Kochi University, and was promoted to professor since 2022. His main research interests are the taxonomy of crustaceans and the management and conservation biology of loggerhead sea turtles. The Scientific committees he serves on include: Ministry of the Environment, Japan, Conservation Promoter for Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora; Kochi Prefecture, Endangered Wildlife Conservation Specialist; Sea Turtle Association of Japan, Board Member; IUCN, Marine Turtle Specialist Group, Member.


Masaharu Motokawa: The Kyoto University Museum, Kyoto 

ORCID: 0000-0002-5359-0070     

Masaharu Motokawa: received his M. Sc. and Ph.D. (zoology) from the Graduate School of Science at Kyoto University, Japan. He has worked in the Kyoto University Museum, Kyoto University since 1997, and has been a Professor since 2016. His main research interests are species diversity and zoogeography of small mammals such as eulipotyphlans (shrews, moles, and hedgehogs), rodents (rats, mice, and voles), and chiropterans (bats), and has taken field surveys in East and southeast Asia including Korea, China, Taiwan, Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand to elucidate the pattern and formation history of species diversity in focusing on elevational distribution and island isolation. He has received the Mammal Society of Japan Young Scientist Award in 2001, the Japanese Society of Systematic Zoology Young Scientist Award in 2007, and the Zoological Society of Japan Young Scientist Award in 2008, and the Mammal Society of Japan Award in 2017.

Hiroyuki Motomura: The Kagoshima University Museum, Kagoshima 

ORCID: 0000-0002-7448-2482   

Web page:  https://www.museum.kagoshima-u.ac.jp/staff/motomura/motomura.html

Hiroyuki Motomura: received his PhD from the United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Kagoshima University, Japan in 2001. He taxonomically revised the family Polynemidae (threadfins) for his thesis and published a part of the thesis as an issue of FAO Species Catalogue series (Threadfins of the World) in 2004. He worked at the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo in 2002, and at the Australian Museum, Sydney, and CSIRO Marine & Atmospheric Research, Hobart during 2003–2005. He has worked at the Kagoshima University Museum, Japan since October 2005 and has been a professor of ichthyology since 2010; also currently the director of the museum. He has established a new fish collection with 270,000 specimens collected mainly from southern Japan and Southeast Asia. He has published more than 870 papers and 80 books and described 180 new species of fishes. His primary research interests are systematics and biogeography of marine fishes, especially the family Scorpaenidae (scorpionfishes). He is an Australian Museum Research Associate since 2007, and editorial boards of the Philippine Journal of Systematic Biology since 2016 and Taxonomy since 2021. He has received the Ichthyological Society of Japan Award in 2011, the Japanese Society of Systematic Zoology Award in 2012, and several paper awards in 2015–2022.

Teruaki Nishikawa: Nagoya University, Nagoya
(Photo by Masashi Nakano, 2023, Amakusa)
nishikawateruaki@gmail.com    ORCID: 0009-0007-7165-4764

Teruaki Nishikawa: obtained his B. Sc., M. Sc., and Ph. D from Kyoto University, was a professor in Nagoya University until 2009 (granted Professor Emeritus in 2010), director of the Nagoya University Museum from 2006 to 2009, and then a professor in Toho University until 2015. After retirement, he was appointed to a joint research fellow of the Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba (2015 to 2018) and a visiting curator (2016 to 2020) of the National Museum of Nature and Science; now is its collaborative curator since 2020. For almost half a century, he has been interested in the taxonomy and biology of marine invertebrates, such as ascidians, lancelets, enteropneusts, pterobranchs, echiurans, and sipunculans, and also in the history of nomenclatural concepts and of discoveries in the Japanese biodiversity, resulting in more than 240 publications. Awarded the Zoological Society of Japan Award in 2015 and the Zoological Science Award in 1998 and 2015.

Greg Rouse: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego 

grouse@ucsd.edu  ORCID: 0000-0001-9036-9263

Greg Rouse: received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Queensland (Australia) and then his PhD. From the University of Sydney (Australia). He has been at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California San Diego since 2006, becoming a Distinguished Professor in 2022. He is also curator of the Benthic Invertebrate Collection at Scripps. Prior to joining Scripps, he held research positions at the South Australian Museum and University of Sydney, and as a research fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He been awarded the Reinhard Rieger Award in Zoomorphology twice (2008, 2021) and has an Antarctica Service Medal (2012). He specializes in the study of animal biodiversity and has been on numerous oceanographic expeditions involving deep-sea habitats, especially whale falls, hydrothermal vents, and methane seeps.

Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa: Zoological Museum Hamburg, Hamburg 

a.schmidt-rhaesa@leibniz-lib.de    ORCID: 0000-0003-4102-9371

Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa: received his Ph.D. from the University Göttingen, Germany and worked at the Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA, the University of South Florida, Tampa, USA and the University of Bielefeld, Germany, before starting as curator for invertebrates at the Museum for Nature/Zoology in Hamburg, Germay in 2007. His main research interests is the evolution of body organization. He is expert for Nematomorpha (horsehair worms) and Priapulida (priaps worms) and is very interested in the community of meiofauna from marine sediments. He participated in the description of over 60 new species from 5 taxa (Nematomorpha, Priapulida, Cnidaria, Chaetognatha, Gastrotricha). He was and is editor of several journals, books and book series.

Satoshi Shimano: received his M.A. from the Graduate School of Agriculture at Nagoya University and his Ph.D. in Environmental Science (soil mites, Oribatida) from the Graduate School of Engineering at Yokohama National University, Japan. He worked at the Research Institute of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan, from 1999 to 2005. During this period, he also spent his research period at the State University of New York with financial support from the OECD in 2002. He then took a position as an associate professor at Miyagi University of Education, Japan. In September 2009, he was invited by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France as a visiting professor. He has been a Professor at Hosei University since 2014. His main research interests are soil arthropods and protists, and he is particularly interested in species discovery and has undertaken field trips in many different areas of the world, including Southeast Asia, Mongolia and Bhutan. He has received the Japanese Society of Soil Zoology Award in 2017, the Japan Society of Protistology Award in 2018, and the Japanese Society of Systematic Zoology Award in 2022.

Ronald Sluys: Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden 

Ronald.Sluys@naturalis.nl  ORCID: 0000-0002-9776-3471

Web page:  https://www.naturalis.nl/en/science/researchers/ronald-sluys

Ronald Sluys: received his MSc in 1981 from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and in 1989 his PhD (marine planarians) from the University of Amsterdam. Thereafter he worked until 1st January 2012 as Assistant Professor and Researcher at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, as well as the Zoological Museum of the University of Amsterdam, specializing on the systematics of planarian flatworms. From 1st January 2012 to 2nd August 2016 he worked as Assistant Professor and Senior Researcher at Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, The Netherlands. As Emeritus Senior Researcher he is presently a Research Associate at the last-mentioned institution. From 8th March to 4th April 1994 he was Visiting Professor at the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Sao Leopoldo, Brazil. His main interests concern the systematics and species diversity of marine, freshwater and land planarians of the Order Tricladida of the Phylum Platyhelminthes, but he has published also on birds, ostracods, and theoretical aspects of taxonomy and systematic biology.

Martin V. Sørensen: Natural History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen  

mvsorensen@snm.ku.dk   ORICD: 0000-0002-0377-0276

Martin V. Sørensen: received his M.A. and Ph.D. (Morphology and Phylogeny of Gnathifera) from the Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He worked as postdoc at Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA, and Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, until he was appointed associate professor and curator at the Natural History Museum of Denmark in 2010. His curatorship covers collections of Porifera, Cnidaria, Mollusca and micro-invertebrates, whereas his research is focused on taxonomy, morphology and phylogeny of the scalidophoran taxa: Kinorhyncha, Loricifera and Priapulida.

Sabine Stöhr: Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm

 sabine.stohr@nrm.se  ORICD: 0000-0002-2586-7239

Sabine Stöhr: received her MSc (1989) and her Ph.D. (1993) from the faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, Department of Biology, at Hamburg University, Germany, in black-fly (Simuliidae) ecology. She worked as a postdoctoral scholar at Biologische Anstalt Helgoland, Taxonomic working group, Hamburg, in 1993–1995 (plankton distributions), and at University of Uppsala (Sweden), Department of Zoology, in 1996 (mating behaviour of black grouse). In late 1996, Stöhr joined the Swedish Museum of Natural History, where she has held various positions, among them as head of the Department of Invertebrate Zoology (2004–2006), and is now a senior curator of Echinodermata. Her main research interest is the systematics of brittle stars (Ophiuroidea), particularly species discovery, phylogeny, morphological character evolution and ontogenesis. She has undertaken a field trip to New Caledonia, collected brittle stars at the Swedish West coast, and has visited several international museum collections. Stöhr is the lead taxonomic editor for Ophiuroidea of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and served on the steering committee in 2008­–2017.


Robert M. Woollacott: Harvard University, Cambridge


Robert M. Woollacott: is Professor of Biology, Emeritus at Harvard University. He joined the faculty in 1972 and retired in 2018. While at Harvard, he served as the founding Chairman of the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. His teaching and research concern human impacts on life in the sea.


Kyu-Tek Park: The Korean Academy of Science and Technology, Gyeonggi-do     

ktpark02@gmail.com    ORICD: 0000-0001-9933-4497

Kyu-Tek PARK: is Executive-Director, The Science Dreamland, Seoul, Korea, and Emeritus Fellow at The Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), Seoul, Korea. He became a professor of Agro-Biology, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, Korea, in 1983 and retired in 2007. From 2007 to 2012, he was an Invited Professor at McGuire Center, University of Florida, and from 2013 to 2014, he was Executive Vice-President at the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), Seoul, Korea. He specializes in the global biodiversity of Gelechioidea (Lepidoptera).