Experience & Research Interests:
January 2012-Present. Project Manager. American Museum of Natural History, Department of Invertebrate Zoology. Dr. Randall Schuh and Dr. Christine Johnson. Plants, Herbivores and Parasitoids: A Model System for the Study of Tri-Trophic Associations. Responsibilities include day-to-day organization of digitization efforts at AMNH, data transformation and normalization (MySQL, PHP), interactions with community initiatives for biodiversity informatics research, taxon name authority file handling and upload, Georeferencing, organization of subcontracts, and data analysis/review.
July 2009 – January 2012. Project Manager. North Carolina State University, Department of Entomology. Dr. Andrew Deans, Hymenoptera Anatomy Ontology Project.
Computer specialist, biological data archivist. Acted as the point person with respect to community related activities, including evangelism, workshop development, feedback and testing, and quality assurance. Primarily responsibilities included: organization of workshops, communication of relevant issues and concerns from morphologists back to development team, encourage sharing of data among taxonomists, training in project interfaces and innovation and application development of software directly supporting the Hymenoptera Anatomy Ontology (HAO) project or synergistic activities.
á Hymenoptera Anatomy Ontology (HAO). <http://hymao.org>.
á Developer for MX database (http://mx.phenomix.org- open source Web application and system for dissemination of taxonomic data and revisionary systematics). Primarily involved in user services, public interface page construction, and data uploads.
á Development of Web interface for TREEHOPPERS database with emeritus professor Dr. Lewis Deitz, including taxon name interface and upload scripts for handling nomenclature. Ongoing development. <http://treehoppers.insectmuseum.org>.
á NCSU Insect Museum GigaPan Insect Drawer Imaging Project <http://www.gigapan.org/profiles/23796>.
á Collaboration with Babi Hammond and Jane Greenburg at the UNC Department of Information Science to conduct a scientific study of the utility of online collection data (specifically Gigapan multipixil images).
á Detailed morphological study of the internal musculature of the head of Evaniidae to inform the HAO.
á Text mining literature from the Biodiversity Heritage Library for historical trends in taxonomic research using ontology.
á Hymenoptera Glossary public interface for morphologists and taxonomists of the Hymenoptera Anatomy Ontology. Hymenoptera Anatomy Consortium. Accessed on Tue Sep 06 14:16:41 -0500 2011. Available at <http://glossary.hymao.org>.
á Katja Seltmann and Michael Gates. [Under development]. Online version of the Handbook to Nearctic Chalcidoidea by Grissell, E. E., and M. E. Schauff. 1990. <http://tinyurl.com/audlk3z>. Using dichotomous key software developed in MX.
April 2006-June 2009. OPS Assistant and Curator. Morphbank Project. Florida State University, School of Computational Sciences. Dr. Fredrick Ronquist. Project leader with Morphbank <http://www.morphbank.net> biological image portal. Provide a biological perspective in development of tools for future implementation into the Morphbank system, assist in uploading large image collections and associated data and development of software tools. Maintain a connection between user community, development team, and project PIs. Presentations and project evangelism at biological meetings. Database design, PHP, MySQL, and highly informed regarding bioinformatics initiatives.
á Creation of interactive key (including software innovation) to the Apoidea using matrix based key option in MX with images deposited in Morphbank.
á Assist in the major uploads of images and associated metadata from the Herbarium at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Systematic Entomology Laboratory USDA-ARS, Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium, PlantCollections Project, and many National Science Foundation Assembling the Tree of Life (ATOL), Partnership for Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy (PEET) and Planetary Biodiversity Inventory (PBI) projects.
á Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) interaction. Developed a workflow using the Morphbank image submission process to inform ITIS of nomenclatural changes.
á Development of American Entomological Institute Website with David Wahl and retired professor Ian Gauld. Gainesville, Florida. <http://www.amentinst.org>.
January 2002- March 2006. Graduate Research Assistant/Lab Manager. University of Kentucky, Department of Entomology. Dr. Michael Sharkey. Web design and maintenance for the Hymenotpera—Assembling the Tree of Life Project. Skills including proficiency in CSS, HTML and PHP smarty-template design. Distribution, vouchering and imaging of taxa for the Ichneumonoidea, Evanioidea, Platygastroidea, Megalyroidea and Stephanoidea branch of the Hymenoptera AToL. Creation of illustrations and design plates for publication, grant writing, Web designer, and project coordinator for the lab. Managed a team of undergraduate workers whose experience ranged from entomology, computer science, engineering and molecular biology.
March 1998-January 2002. Research Assistant. University of Georgia, Department of Entomology. Dr. Charles W. Berisford. Forest pest and parasitoid research.
May 1997-1999. Undergraduate Research Assistant. University of Georgia, Department of Entomology. Dr. Michael Adang. BT resistance in Heliothis virescens.
1989-1992. Undergraduate Research Assistant. North Carolina State University, Department of Entomology. Dr. Fred Gould. BT resistance in Heliothis virescens.
1987-1989. Summer Research Assistant. North Carolina State University, Department of Entomology. Dr. George Kennedy.
January 2011 – Present. University of Szeged. Supervisor Dr. Zsolt PŽnzes and Dr. Andrew R. Deans. A revision of the Evaniidae at the generic level; morphology of the wasp head.
September 2006. Hymenoptera Short Course, Portal, AZ. Hymenoptera taxonomy and collecting techniques.
January 2002—December 2005. University of Kentucky, Department of Entomology, Dr. Michael Sharkey. Received a Masters of Science with a concentration in Entomology. January 2005.
Thesis work: Development of interactive keys to the Hymenopteran families using D.E.L.T.A. (DEscription Language for Taxonomy). Photograph key characters using Auto-montage by Syncroscopy© and database these characters as part of the Large Scale Phylogenetic Analysis of the Hymenoptera project. Make these keys available on the Internet for use by researchers, extension specialists and the community. University of Kentucky, Department of Entomology.
Winter 1993-Winter 1998. University of Georgia, received Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in drawing/color theory.
1995-1996. Ecole dÕArt dÕAix en Provence, France. Guest student and artistÕs assistant at this institute for art and technology, Department of New Media.
Fall 1990-Spring 1992. North Carolina State University, Department of Zoology.
Seltmann K.C., PŽnzes Z., Yoder M.J., Bertone M.A., Deans A.R. 2013. Utilizing Descriptive Statements from the Biodiversity Heritage Library to Expand the Hymenoptera Anatomy Ontology. PLOS ONE 8 (2), e55674.
Bertone, M.A., Mik— I, Yoder M.J., Seltmann K.C., and Deans A.R. 2013. Matching arthropod anatomy ontologies to the Hymenoptera Anatomy Ontology: Results from a manual alignment. Database: The Journal of Biological Databases and Curation. Oxford University Press.
Seltmann K.C., Yoder M.J., Mik— I, Forshage M, Bertone M.A., Agosti D., Austin A.D., Balhoff J.P., Borowiec M.L., Brady S.G., Broad G.R., Brothers D.J., Burks R.A., Buffington M.L., Campbell H.M, Dew K.J., Ernst A.E., Fern‡ndez-Triana J.L, Gates M.W., Gibson G, Jennings J.T., Johnson N.F., Karlsson D, Kawada R, Krogmann L, Kula R.R., Mullins P.L, Ohl M, Rasmussen C, Ronquist F, Schulmeister S, Sharkey M.J., Talamas E, Tucker E, Vilhelmsen L, Ward P.S., Wharton R.A., Deans A.R. 2012. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 27, 67-88. <doi:10.3897/jhr.27.2961>
Bertone M. A, Blinn R.L., Dew K.J., Seltmann K.C., and Deans A.R. 2012. Results and insights from the NCSU Insect Museum GigaPan project ZooKeys, 115. <doi: 10.3897/zookeys.209.3083>
Mik—, I., Friedrich, F., Yoder, M. J., Hines, H. M., Deitz, L. L., Bertone, M. A., Seltmann, K. C., Wallace, M. S., and, Deans, A. R. 2011. Multiple lines of evidence refute the presence of prothoracic wings in treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae). PLoS ONE 7(1): e30137. <doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030137>
Mik— I., Yoder M.J., Seltmann K.C., Bertone M.A., and Deans A.R. 2011. Multi- species anatomy ontology development requires a pluralist approach to label-class mapping. Proceedings of the International Conference on Biomedical Ontology.
Yoder MJ, Mik— I, Seltmann KC, Bertone MA, Deans AR, 2010 A Gross Anatomy Ontology for Hymenoptera. PLoS ONE 5(12): e15991. <doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015991>
Lyubomir Penev, Michael Sharkey, Terry Erwin, Simon van Noort, Matthew Buffington, Katja Seltmann, Norman Johnson, Matt Taylor, F. Christian Thompson, Michael Dallwitz. 2009. Data publication and dissemination of interactive keys under the open access model. ZooKeys. 21. <doi:10.3897/zookeys.21.274>
Michael J. Sharkey, Dicky S. Yu, Simon van Noort, Katja Seltmann, Lyubomir Penev. 2009. Revision of the Oriental genera of Agathidinae (Hymenoptera, Braconidae) with an emphasis on Thailand and interactive keys to genera published in three different formats. ZooKeys. 21. <doi:10.3897/zookeys.21.271>
Seltmann, K. 2008. Digital Image Vouchering in Morphbank, Linking to Publications, and a Few Words about Sharing. American Entomologist ¥ Volume 54, Number 4. <http://tinyurl.com/3d3xlay>
Prieto-Marquez, A., Erickson, G. M., Seltmann, K. et al. 2007. Morphbank, an avenue to document and disseminate anatomical data: Phylogenetic and paleohistological test cases. Journal of Morphology 268: 1120.
Seltmann, K., Prieto-Marquez, A., Ronquist, F. et al. 2007. Image management for effective collaboration using presently existing web tools in Morphbank (www.morphbank.net). Journal of Morphology 268: 1132-133.
Seltmann, Katja & M. Sharkey. 2007. A new genus and species of apterous Doryctinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) from Costa Rica. Zootaxa. 1415: 17-24. <http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2007f/zt01415p021.pdf>
Nowak, John. T., Christopher J. Fettig, Kenneth W. McCravy, Christopher S. Asaro, Katja C. Seltmann, Richard C. Reardon & C. W. Berisford. 2001. Guide to Common Natural Enemies of the Nantucket Pine Tip Moth. United States Forest Service, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team.
Sullivan, Brian T., Eva M. Petterson, Katja Seltmann, & C.W. Berisford. 2000. Attraction of the Bark Beetle Parasitoid Roptrocerus xylophagorum to Host-Associated Olfactory Cues. Environmental Entomology 29(6): 1138-1151.
Sullivan, Brian T., Katja Seltmann, & C.W. Berisford.1999. A Simple and Continuous Rearing Technique for the Bark Beetle Parasitoid, Roptrocerus xylophagorum. Journal of Entomological Sciences 34(2): 260-264.
Published Meeting Abstracts:
Seltmann, K., M. A. Bertone, M. J. Yoder, I. Mik—, E. S. Macleod, A. Ernst, and A. R. Deans. 2010. Building the Hymenoptera Anatomy Ontology through exploration of the Journal of Hymenoptera Research. 7th International Congress of Hymenopterists. Koszeg, Hungary.
Bertone, M. A., I. Mik—, M. J. Yoder, K. Seltmann, and A. R. Deans. 2010. Aligning insect anatomy ontologies: identifying congruence between Hymenoptera and Diptera. 7th International Congress of Hymenopterists. Koszeg, Hungary.
Yoder, M. J., I. Mik—, M. A. Bertone, K. Seltmann, and A. R. Deans. 2010. Four years later: the Hymenoptera Anatomy Ontology, an overview and call for participation. 7th International Congress of Hymenopterists. Koszeg, Hungary.
Mik—, I, L. B. Vilhelmsen, G. A. P. Gibson, M. J. Yoder, K. Seltmann, M. A. Bertone, and A. R. Deans. 2010. Towards a compendium of Hymenoptera muscles. 7th International Congress of Hymenopterists. Koszeg, Hungary.
Riccardi, G., Deans, A., Jammigumpula, N., Jšrgensen, C., Jšrgensein, P. Mast, A., Maneva-Jakimosika, K., Paul, D., Ronquist, F., Seltmann, K. and S. Winner. 2007. Adding value to biodiversity images through community annotation. WWW 2007, Banff, Canada.
Contributed Application for Funding and Support:
2011, submitted, National Science Foundation (NSF) – OPUS: Online Synthesis for Improved Understanding of Treehopper Biodiversity (Insecta: Hemiptera: Aetalionidae, Melizoderidae, and Membracidae)– Listed as senior researcher. Wrote the bioinformatics component of the grant to facilitate sharing of data from the life work of Dr. Lewis Deitz.
2011, submitted, National Science Foundation (NSF) – ABI: Leveraging phenotype ontologies to transform descriptive taxonomy and phylogenetics – Listed as senior researcher. Budgets and portions of the public outreach/workshop components.
2011, awarded – Internship support for Babi Hammond from CollectionsWeb (NSF-http://collectionsweb.org) Research Coordination Network. Listed as mentor.
2010, awarded – Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) BioSynC Meeting support, Integrating ontologies with biodiversity research: an example from Hymenoptera and the EOL. A. R. Deans, M. J. Yoder, K. Seltmann, M. A. Bertone, and I. Mik—. Funded an international meeting/workshop of morphologists and computer scientists/philosophers to aid in the development and integration of the Hymenoptera Anatomy Ontology (HAO) with the Encyclopedia of Life.
2009, awarded, National Science Foundation (NSF) – The Hymenoptera Ontology: part_of a transformation in systematic and genome science– Listed as senior researcher – responsible for portions of the collaborator interaction and public outreach component of the grant.
Organized Workshops and Symposia:
November, 2011 Entomological Society of America Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity section symposium. lluminating the phenome: the future of morphology in entomology,Ó Reno, NV, USA
2010 Encyclopedia of Life Biodiversity Synthesis Group Meeting: Integrating ontologies with biodiversity research: an example from Hymenoptera and the EOL. Acted as local organizer, meeting planner, and logistics.
Imaging training at morphbank
Entomological Society of America Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity section symposium
Katja Seltmann and Tri-Tropic Thematic Collection Network. Paleocollections Workshop
Katja Seltmann and Tri-Tropic Thematic Collection Network.
Katja Seltmann, Istv‡n Mik—, Matthew J. Yoder, Matthew A. Bertone, and Andrew R. Deans. Illuminating the Hymenoptera Lexicon. Invited speaker for the Swedish Malaise Trap Project 3rd Hymenoptera Workshop. May 26-29, 2011, …land, Sweden.
Katja Seltmann and HAO Group. Anatomy Ontology for Revolutionary Taxonomy. Invited speaker at the University of North Carolina Digital Scholarship Group. April 12, 2011, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Katja Seltmann, Matthew A. Bertone, Matthew J. Yoder, Istv‡n Mik—, Elizabeth S. Macleod, Andrew Ernst & Andrew R. Deans. Building the Hymenoptera Anatomy Ontology through exploration of the Journal of Hymenoptera Research. 7th International Congress of Hymenopterists 20-26 June 2010, Koszeg, Hungary.
Seltmann, K., Yoder, M.J., Deans, A.R., Mik—, I., Bertone, M. A. Getting started with the Hymenoptera Anatomy Ontology. European Biodiversity Informatics Workshop, Swedish Museum of Natural History. Invited Speaker. September 14-25 2009.
Seltmann, K., Yoder, M.J., Dole, K., Deans, A. R. mx: a collaborative web-based content management system for evolutionary systematists. European Biodiversity Informatics Workshop, Swedish Museum of Natural History. Invited Speaker. September 14-25 2009.
Seltmann, K, A. Deans, F. Ronquist, G. A. Riccardi, N. Jammigumpula, A. Mast, K. Maneva-Jakimoska, S. Winner, D. Paul, C. Cprek, W. Blanco & D. Gaitros. New collaborative tools in Morphbank: image annotations, collections, Web linking and future developments. April 2007. Invited Speaker. New York Botanical Gardens. Bronx, NY.
Seltmann, K, A. Deans, F. Ronquist, G. A. Riccardi, N. Jammigumpula, A. Mast, K. Maneva-Jakimoska, S. Winner, D. Paul, C. Cprek, W. Blanco & D. Gaitros. New collaborative tools in Morphbank: image annotations, collections, Web linking and future developments. April 2007. Invited Speaker. American Museum of Natural History. New York, NY.
Seltmann, K, A. Deans, F. Ronquist, G. A. Riccardi, N. Jammigumpula, A. Mast, K. Maneva-Jakimoska, S. Winner, D. Paul, W. Blanco & D. Gaitros. New collaborative tools in
MorphBank (www.morphbank.net): image annotations, collections, and developments. March 2007. Invited Speaker. Invited Speaker. Partnerships for Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy (PEET) meeting, Athens, GA.
Seltmann, K., F. Ronquist, A. Deans, G. A. Riccardi, N. Jammigumpula, A. Mast, K. Maneva-Jakimoska, S. Winner, D. Paul, W. Blanco & D. Gaitros. Introducing Morphbank (www.morphbank.net) a biological image database for research scientists. January 2007. Invited Speaker. American Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Seltmann, K., F. Ronquist, A. Deans, G. A. Riccardi, N. Jammigumpula, A. Mast, K. Maneva-Jakimoska, S. Winner, D. Paul, W. Blanco & D. Gaitros. New collaborative tools in Morphbank (www.morphbank.net): image annotations, collections, and future developments. Entomological Collections Network Meeting, December 2006. Indianapolis, IN.
á Entomological Society of America (10+ years)
á International Society of Hymenopterists (Webmaster: <www.hymenopterists.org> and Archivist)
á Entomological Collections Network (organizing committee since 2010)
á Reviewer for Zootaxa and Journal of Hymenoptera Research
á Sloan foundation advisor, 2012
á Teacher at Hollingworth Summer Science Camp at Teacher College, Columbia Univeristy, 2012.
á NIBA Workshop to Develop an Implementation Plan for the Network Integrated Biocollections Alliance, 2012
á Minimum Information Standards and Workflow for Pinned things in Drawers working groups for idigbio ADBC program
á Vector and bitmap image editing
á Linear and non-linear video editing
á Animation techniques including simple Macromedia Flash and Adobe Aftereffects
á Audio recording and editing
á Proficient using Adobe and Microsoft Office products
á Basic molecular phylogenetic techniques (PCR, sequence editing, primer design, analysis)
á Various Art/Science related projects: www.begoniasociety.org