SHEAR, WILLIAM A. / علوم الحياة / الباحثون

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علوم الحياة / SHEAR, WILLIAM A.


Charles Patterson Distinguished Professor of Biology at Hampden-Sydney College, U.S.A.

مواضيع البحث

His areas of expertise include entomology, invertebrate zoology, evolutionary theory and the history of earth and life.

Courses taught :
General Biology, Microbiology, Entomology, Invertebrate Zoology, Animal Behavior, Evolutionary Theory, History of Life, Population Biology.

Special Topics courses:
Recent Advances, Symbiosis in Cellular Evolution, Neurobiology, Biology of Arthropods, Biology of AIDS, Paleobiology, Earth History, History of Life.


2003a. Milliped phylogeny revisted in the light of the enigmatic order Siphoniulida. J. Zool. Syst. Evol. Research 41:87-99 (with P. Sierwald, R. Shelley and J. Bond).

2003b. Branneria bonoculus, n. sp., a second species in the North American milliped family Branneriidae (Diplopod: Chordeumatida: Brannerioidea). Zootaxa 233:1-7.

2003c. Microlympiidae, a new milliped family from North America, and Microlympia echina, new genus and species (Diplopoda, Chordeumatida, Brannerioidea). Zootaxa 243:1-11.

2003d. A second species in the rare milliped family Apterouridae (Diplopoda, Chordeumatida). Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash.

2003e. The milliped family Trichopetalidae, Part 1: Introduction and genera Trigenotyla Causey, Nannopetalum n. gen., and Causeyella n. gen. (Diplopoda: Chordeumatida: Cleidogonoidea). Zootaxa 321:1-26.

2002a. Five new chordeumatidan millipeds from China: New species of Vieteuma (Kashmireumatidae) and Nepalella (Megalotylidae). Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 53:63-72.

2002b. The milliped genus Metopidiothrix Attems (Diplopoda: Chordeumatida: Metopidiotrichidae). Invert. Syst. 16:849-892.

2001a. Shear, W. A., and P. A. Selden. Rustling in the undergrowth: animals in early terrestrial ecosystems. In Plants Invade the Land, ed. by P. G. Gensel and D. Edwards, pp. 29-51 (with Paul Selden).

2001b. Two new cave-dwelling harvestmen from Western Australia (Arachnida: Opiliones: Assamiidae and “Phalangodidae”). Rec. W. Austr. Mus., Sppl. 64:153-158.

2000a. Shear, W. A. Gigantocharinus szatmaryi, a new trigonotarbid arachnid from the Late Devonian of North America (Chelicerata, Arachnida, Trigonotarbida). J. Paleontol. 74:25-31.

2000b. Shear, W. A. Jane Gray (1929-2000). Nature 405:34.

2000c. Shear, W. A. On the milliped family Heterochordeumatidae, with comments on the higher classification of the order Chordeumatida (Diplopoda). Invert. Taxon. 14:363-376.

2000d. Shear, W. A. A new genus and species of callipodidan milliped from Vietnam (Callipodida, Schizopetalidae) Myripodologica 6:95-100.

2000e. Wilson, H. W., and W. A. Shear. Microdecemplicida, a new order of minute arthropleurideans from the Devonian of New York State, USA. Trans. Royal Soc. Edinburgh: Earth Sci. 90:351-375.

2000f. Harvey, M. Shear, W. A., and H. Hoch. Onychophora, Arachnida, Myriapoda and Insecta in Subterranean Ecosystems (Ecosystems of the World 30) ed. by H. Wilkins, D. Culver and W. Humphreys, pp.79-94.

2000g. Platanick N. I. And W. A. Shear. Ray Forster, 1922-2000. Austr. Arachnol. 60:5-7 (with Norman Platnick).

1999. Shear, W. A. The milliped genus Diplomaragna confirmed for Taiwan, with the description of a new species. Myriapodologica 6:11-18.

1998. Shear, W. A., A. Popadic, G. Panganiban, D. Rusch and T. C. Kaufmann. Molecular evidence for the gnathobasic derivation of arthropod mandibles and for the appendicular origin of the labrum and other structures. Development, Genes and Evolution 208:142-152.

1997. Shear, W. A., P. G. Gensel and A. J. Jeram. Fossils of large terrestrial arthropods from the Lower Devonian of Canda. Nature 384:555-557.

1996. Shear, W. A., Hesperopilio mainae, a new genus and species of harvestman from Western Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 17:455-460.

1994. Shear, W. A., N. Tsurusaki and T. Tanabe. Japanese chordeumatid millipeds. I. On the genus Speophilosoma Takakuwa (Diplopoda, Chordeumatida, Speophilosomatidae). Myriapodologica 3:25-36.

1986. Shear, W. A., Spiders: Webs, Behavior and Evolution. Stanford Univ. Press, Stanford, CA. pp.492.

Completed Manuscripts
Two new millipeds from western Canada.
New NW North America species in Conotylidae, Caseyida, Tingupidae and Polydesmidae.

Film Projects

“Ultimate Guide: Spiders” Produced by Green Umbrella, UK. WS chief scientific consulltant, script editor and on-camera participant. Broadcast 7/9/2001 on Discovery Channel.
“The Shape of Life” Produced by Sea Studios, Monterey CA, for National Geographic. WS consultant for arthropod hour and on-camera participant. Broadcast on PBS and other outlets in April, 2002.

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