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ABOUT Buz Wilson

Isopod crustaceans have been my consuming passion since beginning research on the fantastic species (suborder Asellota) that live in the deep sea. As a biological oceanographer, I was intrigued by ideas on how the deep sea came to have vast numbers of species. These studies led to working in Australia on fresh water groups that have a phylogenetic relationship to the deep-sea groups, particularly the suborder Phreatoicidea. As a recent arrival in Michigan, I will investigate the fresh water isopod fauna and look for new opportunities to study local isopods.


Owing to my 40+ years experience with the Isopods and deep-sea biodiversity, I can  assist you with isopod identifications and analytical needs. 




Systematics and Biogeography of the Isopoda

  • Systematics of the Asellota & Phreatoicidea

  • Combined analysis of Isopod phylogeny

  • Relationships of Isopods to other crustaceans

  • Fossils and their relationship to modern taxa

  • Biogeography of southern hemisphere endemic families

1965-1969    B.A. (Zoology) with distinction (Phi Beta Kappa), Indiana University, Bloomington

Minor in Chemistry

Benthic Invertebrate Biodiversity

  • Deep-sea assemblage structure

  • Estimation of diversity from quantitative samples

  • Biodiversity of isopods and other invertebrates

  • Associates with marine plants

1969-1972   M.Sc. (Biological Oceanography), Scripps Institution of Oceanography,  University of California San Diego, La Jolla

1982-1985   Ph.D. (Marine Biology) Scripps Institution of Oceanography,  University of California San Diego, La Jolla

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