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Ren Li
Liu Ning
Xu Jing
Wang Zhiliang
Jens Prena
Youssef M M Omar
An Yuan
He Xu
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Jens Prena
  Jens Prena
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Address: Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, # 1 Beichen West Rd., Chaoyang, Beijing 100101, China

Birth: 1960 in Zwickau, Germany

1967-1975 Polytechnical school, Potsdam
1975-1979 Extended secondary school, Potsdam
1982-1987 Rostock University, majors in ecology, animal physiology, fishery biology
1987-1990 Rostock University, Doctor rerum naturalium (PhD), invertebrate ecology

Research Projects and Institutional Affiliations:
Hamburg University, Marine Research Lab on Sylt Island: tidal flat ecology with K. Reise and environmental assessment of coastal habitats after Gulf War with F. Krupp (1991-92); Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Dartmouth: trawling impact studies on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland with D. Gordon, P. Schwinghamer and T. Rowell (1992-97); Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Rostock-Warnemuende: Atlantic Data Base for Exchange Processes at the Deep Sea Floor with K. Lochte (1998-99); Institute of Applied Ecology, Rostock: environmental consulting, Baltic and North Seas (1999-2005); National Institute of Biodiversity Costa Rica and Organization for Tropical Studies: Arthropods of La Selva Project (ALAS IV) with J. Longino, weevil research (2001-2005); US Department of Agriculture, Systematic Entomology Lab, Washington DC: research entomologist and weevil curator at Smithsonian Natural History Museum (2006-2012).

Research interests:
My studies focus on interactions between invertebrates and their environment, and how human activities and environmental changes affect these interactions. Initially I studied macrobenthic populations of coastal habitats and on continental shelves. This research often was conducted in response to observed, suspected or anticipated environmental changes, like eutrophication, pollution, or over-exploitation of natural resources. An example for such studies is the trawling experiment on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland after the collapse of the Atlantic cod stocks in the early 1990s, in which we determined the impact of various types of fishing gear on sediment properties and the benthic food web. In many cases, these were high priority projects addressing environmental issues with enormous social and economic implications. Since the mid 1990s, my research interest has moved more and more to weevils, a hyperdiverse group of beetles with great economic importance. One subfamily in particular stirred my curiosity when I discovered that the included species have fascinatingly diverse and sophisticated biologies. Because of their highly adapted life strategies, many are known only from a few accidentally collected specimens. The contrast between ecological diversity and morphological uniformity opened up a promising new approach to resolve taxonomic issues. I was fortunate to conduct extensive fieldwork in Latin America, where these weevils are particularly diverse. With the help of expert botanists, I began to systematically explore weevil-plant associations and life strategies. Under the US Department of Agriculture, the focus of my research shifted to invasive and agriculturally important weevils. Ever tried to identify a weevil from just anywhere in the world within ten minutes? My research attempts to provide the necessary knowledge and tools to make this possible.

Selected Publications :

  1. Gosselck, F., Prena, J., Arlt, G. & Bick, A. (1993). Distribution and zonation of macrobenthic fauna in the deep channels of the Weser estuary. - Senckenbergiana maritima 23, 89-98.
  2. Prena, J. (1994). Oxygen depletion in Wismar Bay (Western Baltic Sea) 1988. – Arch. Fish. Mar. Res. 42, 77-87.
  3. Prena, J. (1995). Effects of eutrophication on macrobenthos zonation in Wismar Bay (Western Baltic Sea). – Arch. Hydrobiol. 133, 245-257.
  4. Prena, J. (1995). Temporal irregularities in the macrobenthos community and low-oxygen intrusion in Wismar Bay (Western Baltic Sea). – Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 41, 705-717.
  5. Prena, J. (1996). The status of the intertidal soft-bottom macrofauna six months after the Gulf War oil spill. In: Krupp, P., Abuzinada, A.H. & Nader, I.A. (eds.), A marine wildlife sanctuary for the Arabian Gulf. Environmental research and conservation following the 1991 Gulf War oil spill. Riyadh, Frankfurt, pp. 128-137
  6. Prena, J., Rowell, T.W., Schwinghamer, P., Gilkinson, K. & Gordon jr., D.C. (1996). Grand Banks otter trawling impact experiment: I. Site selection process, with a description of macrofaunal communities. – Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 2094, viii+38.
  7. Prena, J., Gosselck, F., Schroeren, V. & Voss, J. (1997). Periodic and episodic benthos recruitment in southwest Mecklenburg Bay (Western Baltic Sea). – Helgoländer Meeres-untersuchungen 51, 1-21.
  8. Rowell, T.W., Schwinghamer, P., Chin-Yee, M., Gilkinson, K., Gordon jr., D.C., Hartgers, E., Hawryluk, M., McKeown, D.L., Prena, J., Reimer, D.P., Sonnichsen, G., Steeves, G., Vass, W.P, Vine, R. & Woo, P. (1997). Grand Banks otter trawling impact experiment: Sampling equipment, experimental design and methodology. – Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 2190, viii+36 pp.
  9. Schwinghamer, P., Gordon jr., D.C., Rowell, T.W., Prena, J., McKeown, D.L., Sonnichsen, G. & Guigné, J.Y. (1998). Effects of experimental otter trawling on surficial sediment properties of a sandy-bottom ecosystem of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. – Conservation Biology 12, 1215-1222.
  10. Gordon jr., D.C., Schwinghamer, P., Rowell, T.W., Prena, J., Gilkinson, K., Vass, W.P. & McKeown, D.L. (1998). Studies in eastern Canada on the impact of mobile fishing gear on benthic habitat and communities. Edited by Dorsey, E.M. & Pederson, J., Conservation Law Foundation, Boston, Mass., pp. 63-67.
  11. Prena, J., Schwinghamer, P., Rowell, T.W., Gordon jr., D.C., Vass, W.P., McKeown, D.L. & Gilkinson, K.D. (1999). Experimental otter trawling on a sandy bottom ecosystem of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland: analysis of trawl bycatch and effects on epifauna. – Marine Ecology Progress Series 181, 107-124.
  12. Gordon jr., D.C., Schwinghamer, P. Rowell, T.W., Prena, J., Gilkinson, K., Vass, W.P., McKeown, D.L., Bourbonnais, C. & MacIsaac, K. (2001). Studies on the impact of mobile fishing gear on benthic habitat and communities. – Science Review.
  13. Kenchington, E.L.R., Prena, J., Gilkinson, K.D., Gordon jr., D.C., MacIsaac, K., Bourbonnais, C., Schwinghamer, P., Rowell, T.W., McKeown, D.L. & Vass, W.P. (2001). The effects of experimental otter trawling on the macrofauna of a sandy bottom ecosystem on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. – Can. J. Fish. Aqu. Sci. 58 (6), 1043-57.
  14. Prena, J. (2001). A revision of the neotropical weevil genus Pantoteles Schönherr (Coleoptera, Curculionidae, Baridinae). – Trans. Amer. Entomol. Soc. 127 (3), 305-358.
  15. Gordon jr., D.C., Gilkinson, K.D., Kenchington, E.L.R., Prena, J., Bourbonnais, C., MacIsaac, K., McKeown, D.L. & Vass, W.P. (2002). Summary of the Grand Banks otter trawling experiment (1993-1995): effects on benthic habitat and communities. – Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 2416: vii + 64 pp.
  16. Prena, J. (2003). The Middle American species of Ambates Schönherr (Coleoptera, Curculionidae, Baridinae). – Contributions to Entomology 53 (1), 167-198.
  17. Prena, J. (2003). The Pardisomus species from Costa Rica, with descriptions of four new species and one larva (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Baridinae). – Contributions to Entomology 53 (1), 199-216.
  18. Harding, G.C., Drinkwater, K., Hannah, C.G., Pringle, J.D., Prena, J., Fraser, A.J., Loder, J.W., Pearre jr., S. & Vass, W.P. (2005). Larval lobster distribution, condition and drift in the vicinity of the Gulf of Maine offshore banks and their probable origins, with emphasis on the frontal zone over the northern face of Georges Bank. – Fish. Oceanogr. 14, 112-137.
  19. Prena, J. (2005). Curculio tragiae F. – a baridine weevil collected by the Cook-Expedition in Brazil 1768 (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Baridinae). – Contributions to Entomology 55 (1), 137–139.
  20. Prena, J. & Nishida, K. (2005). Thanius biennis, a new gall-inducing weevil with a two-year life-cycle from Costa Rica (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Baridinae). – Contributions to Entomology 55 (1), 141–150.
  21. Prena, J. (2005). The Middle American species of Embates Chevrolat (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Baridinae). – Zootaxa 1100, 1–151.
  22. Prena, J. (2006). A preliminary study of Cylindridia Casey, with descriptions of new species from Middle America (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Baridinae). – Contributions to Entomology 56 (1), 191–200.
  23. Prena, J. (2006). Descriptions of Palliolatrix gen. n. and seven new species from Middle America (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Baridinae). – Zootaxa 1319, 15–28.
  24. Ulmer, B.J., Duncan, R.E., Prena, J. & Peña, J.E. (2007). Life history and larval morphology of Eurhinus magnificus Gyllenhal (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), a new weevil to the United States. – Neotropical Entomology 36, 383–390.
  25. Prena, J. (2008). A synopsis of the orchid weevil genus Orchidophilus Buchanan (Coleoptera, Curculionidae, Baridinae), with taxonomic rectifications and description of one new species. – Zootaxa 1783, 18–30.
  26. Prena, J. (2008). Review of Odontocorynus Schönherr (Coleoptera, Curculionidae, Baridinae) with descriptions of four new species. – The Coleopterists Bulletin 62 (2), 243–277.
  27. Prena, J. (2008). On the identities of European Baridini (Coleoptera, Curculionoidea) named before 1832. – Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 55 (2), 263-275.
  28. Clement S. L., Smith L. J., Prena J., Kleene M. D. & Johnson R. C. (2009). Introduced weed biocontrol agent colonizes crop species in Idaho: Host expansion or opportunistic behavior – Biocontrol Science & Technology 19 (4), 455-461.
  29. Prena, J. (2009). Apostasimerini (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Baridinae). Rectification of authorship, year of publication, rank, and taxa included. – The Coleopterists Bulletin 63 (1), 33-34.
  30. Prena, J. (2009). A review of the species of Geraeus Pascoe and Linogeraeus Casey found in the continental United States (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Baridinae). – The Coleopterists Bulletin 63 (2), 123-172.
  31. Prena, J. (2009). Floromadane, a new genus of baridine weevils associated with Rubiaceae in Costa Rica and Panama (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Baridinae). – Contributions to Entomology 59 (1), 239-246.
  32. Prena, J. (2009). The West Indian Peridinetini (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Baridinae). – Zootaxa 2210, 51-64.
  33. Prena, J. (2010). The Middle American species of Peridinetus Schönherr (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Baridinae). – Zootaxa 2507, 1-36.
  34. Konstantinov, A. S., Baselga, A., Grebennikov, V. V., Prena, J. & Lingafelter, S. W. (2011). Revision of the Palearctic Chaetocnema species (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae: Alticini). Pensoft Publishers, Sofia & Moscow, 363 pp.
  35. Prena, J. (2011). Baridinae [pp. 88–89, 251–261]. In: Löbl, I. & Smetana, A., Catalogue of Palaearctic Coleoptera, Vol. 7, Curculionoidea I. Apollo Books, Stenstrup, 373 pp.
  36. Prena, J. & O’Brien, C. W. (2011). Five new species of the Stethobaris LeConte complex associated with Amaryllidaceae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Baridinae). – Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 113, 163-184.
  37. Prena, J. & Whitehead, D. R. (2012). A taxonomic revision of the Neotropical weevil genus Cleogonus Schönherr (Curculionidae, Moytinae). – Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 59 (1), 55-79.
  38. Prena, J. (2012). A review of Rhoptobaris LeConte (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Baridinae) from North and Central America. – The Coleopterists Bulletin 66, 233-244.
  39. Prena, J. & Hammon, R. (2012). Hesperobaris suavis Casey (Curculionidae) is a potential pest of cultivated Penstemon (Plantaginaceae). – Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 114, 513-515.
  40. Prena, J. (2012). Two new species of Lipancylus Wollaston from North America (Curculionidae: Baridinae). – The Coleopterists Bulletin 66, 305-308.
  41. Prena, J. (2012). Further study of Cylindridia Casey with descriptions of new species (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Baridinae). – Beiträge zur Entomologie 62, 419-426.
  42. Prena, J., Colonnelli, E. & Hespenheide, H. A. (in press). Conoderinae. In: Beutel, R. G. & Leschen, R. A. B., Handbook of Zoology, Volume 4 (2) Arthropoda, Insecta; Coleoptera Part 40. De Gruyter, Berlin & New York.
  43. Anderson, R., Keller, O. & Prena, J. (in press). Curculio rubidus Gyllenhal, 1836 new to North America (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Curculioninae). – The Coleopterists Bulletin 67 (1).
  44. Prena, J. (in press). New species of Macrobaris Champion grass weevils from the New World tropics and subtropics (Coleoptera, Curculionidae, Baridiane). – Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 60 (1).
  45. Prena, J. (in press). Thomas Say’s weevils, with special reference to his Curculionites pamphlet and the extant type material. – Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society.
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