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School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of New South Wales
Sydney 2052 Australia

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Gerry Cassis

Ph.D. 1984 Entomology - Oregon State University

BSc (Hons) 1979 Science (Zoology and Botany Majors) - University of Sydney


2007 to date: Professor of Biology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

2003 to 2006: Principal Research Scientist, Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia

2004 to 2005: Research Scientist representative, Executive Board of Management, Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia

2004 to 2005: Head, Terrestrial Invertebrates Branch, Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia

2003 to 2004: Branch Head, Integrative Science, Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia

1995 to 2004: Head, Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Research, Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia

1989-1995: Research Scientist, Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia

1984-1989: Scientific Officer, Division of Entomology, CSIRO, Canberra, Australia

1980-1984: Research Assistant, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA


2006: President-Elect of the International Heteropterists Society

2006: Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Biological, Environmental and Earth Sciences, University of New South Wales

2003: Program Director, Australian Museum-Rio Tinto Business with Communities Partnership

2003: Member, Partnership Committee, Western Australian Rio Tinto Future Fund Committee

2003: Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History

2002: Member, Commonwealth Biological Diversity Advisory Committee

2002: Member, Global Biodiversity Information Facility, Australian Working Group

1996: Deputy Chair, NSW Biological Diversity Advisory Council

2001: Member, Implementation Task Force, Online Zoological Collections of Australia

2001: Member, NSW Biodiversity Information Working Group

2000: Research Associate, School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney

2000: Mentor, Museum Zoology, LIPI, Bogor, Indonesia (World Bank)

1998: Founding Life Member and Secretary, International Heteropterists Society

1998: Community Biodiversity Network, Management Board


Books (refereed)

  1. Cassis, G. and Gross 2002 Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Heteroptera. Pentatomomorpha. Volume 27.3B. CSIRO, Canberra 732 pages.
Book Chapters (refereed)
  1. Cassis, G., Wall, M. and Schuh, R.T. 2007. Insect Biodiversity and Industrializing the Taxonomic Process: The Plant Bug Case Study (Insecta: Heteroptera: Miridae). In: Taxonomy and Systematics of Species Rich Taxa: Towards the Tree of Life. (Hodkinson T.R., Parnell J., Waldren S., eds), pp. 193-212. CRC, Boca Raton.
Journal Articles (refereed)
  1. Tatarnic, N. and Cassis, G. (in press). Revision of the plant bug genus Coridromius Signoret (Insecta: Heteroptera: Miridae). American Museum Novitates. [acceptance 29 January 2007]
  2. Cassis, G. and Weirauch, C. (in press). A new species and first record of Dilatops (Insecta: Heteroptera: Miridae) from New Caledonia. Memoirs Queensland Museum. [acceptance 6 December 2006]
  3. Cassis, G. and Vanags, L. 2006. Shield Bugs of Australia (Insecta: Heteroptera: Scutelleridae): Generic Conspectus, New Species, Host Plants and Classification. Denisia 19: 275-398.
  4. Cassis, G. and Silveira, R. 2006. A new species and first record of toadbug (Gelastocoridae) from New Caledonia and Zoogeography. Russian Entomological Journal 15: 1-6.
  5. Cassis, G. and Eyles, A. 2006. An overview of New Zealand Deraeocorinae with descriptions of a new genus and a new species of Termatophylini (Insecta: Heteroptera: Deraeocorinae). Tuhinga 17: 39-48.
  6. Cassis, G. and Monteith, G.B. 2006. A new genus and species of Cylapinae (Insecta: Heteroptera: Miridae: Cylapinae) from New Caledonia, with re-analysis of the genera. Memoirs Queensland Museum 52: 13-26.
  7. Tatarnic, N., Cassis, G. and Hochuli, D. 2006. Sexual conflict and traumatic insemination in plant bugs. Biology Letters 2: 58-61.
  8. Wilkie, L., Cassis, G. and Gray, M. 2006. The effects on terrestrial arthropod communities of invasion of a coastal heath ecosystem by the exotic weed bitou bush (Chrysanthemoides monilifera ssp. rotundata L.)" Biological Invasions [online publication in 2006; hard copy publication pending for 2007, pagination currently unknown].
  9. Sanchez, J.A., Cassis, G. & Martinez-Cascales, J.I. 2006. Description of a new species of Dicyphus Fieber (Insecta: Heteroptera: Miridae) from Portugal based on morphological and molecular data. Insect Systematics and Evolution 37: 281-300.
  10. Martinez-Cascales, J. I., Cenis, J. L., Cassis, G. and Sanchez, J. A. 2006. Species identity of Macrolophus melanotoma (Costa 1853) and Macrolophus pygmaeus (Rambur 1839) (Insecta: Heteroptera: Miridae) based on morphological and molecular data and bionomic implications. Insect Systematics and Evolution 37: 385-404.
  11. Weirauch, C. and Cassis, G. 2006. Attracting ants: the trichome and novel glandular areas on the sternum of Ptilocnemus lemur (Insecta: Heteroptera: Reduviidae: Holoptolinae). Journal of New York Entomological Society 114: 28-37.
  12. Schuh, R.T., Cassis, G. and Guilbert, E. 2006. First macropterous Viannaidae (Insecta: Heteroptera: Tingoidea). Journal of New York Entomological Society 114: 38-53.
  13. Moulds, T. and Cassis, G. 2006. Review of Australian species of Peritropis (Insecta: Heteroptera: Miridae: Cylapinae). Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 52: 171-190.
  14. Flemons, P. and Cassis, G. 2006. The Role of GIS in Systematic Conservation Planning. In: Evolution and Biogeography of Australasian Vertebrates (Merrick, J.R., Archer M., Hickey, G.M., and Less, M.S.Y, eds.), pp. 873-889. Australian Scientific Publishing, Sydney.
  15. Harris, R., Cassis, G., Auld, T. and Hutton, I. 2005. Patterns in floristic composition and structure in the mossy cloud forest of Mt Gower summit, Lord Howe Island. Pacific Biology Conservation 11: 246-256.
  16. Lassau, S., Hochuli, D.F., Cassis, G. and Reid, C.A.M. 2005. Effects of habitat complexity on forest beetle diversity: do functional groups respond consistently? Diversity & Distributions 11: 73-82.
  17. Lassau, S., Cassis, G., Flemons, P.K.J., Wilkie, L. and Hochuli, D.F. 2005. Using high-resolution multi-spectral imagery to estimate habitat complexity in open canopy forests: can we predict ant community patterns? Ecography 28: 495-504.
  18. Ferrier, S., Powell, G.V.N., Richardson, K.S., Manion, G., Overton, McC., J., Allnutt, T.F., Cameron, S.E., Mantle, K., Burgess, N.D., Faith, D.P., Lamoreux, J.F., Kier, G., Hijmans, R.J., Funk, V.A., Cassis, G., Fisher, B.L., Lees, D., Lovett, J.C., Van Rompaey, R.S.A.R. and Solomon, J.C. 2004. Mapping More of Terrestrial Biodiversity for Global Conservation Assessment: A New Approach to Integrating Disparate Sources of Biological and Environmental Data. BioScience 54: 1001-1109.
  19. Cassis, G. and Silveira, R. 2004. A redescription of Nerthra tuberculata (Montandon) (Heteroptera: Gelastocoridae: Nerthrinae) and a discussion of its phylogenetic position Journal of the New York Entomological Society 111: 194-201.
  20. Austin, A.D., Yeates, D.K., Cassis, G., Fletcher, M.J., La Salle, J., Lawrence, J.F., McQuillan, P.B., Mound, L.A., Bickel, D.J., Gullan, P.J. Hales, D.F. and Taylor, G.S. 2004. Insects 'Down Under'- Diversity, endemism and evolution of the Australian insect fauna: examples from select orders. Australian Journal of Entomology 43: 216-234.
  21. Cassis, G., Schwartz, M.D. and Moulds, T. 2003. Systematics and new taxa of the Vannius complex (Hemiptera: Miridae: Cylapinae) from the Australian Region. Memoirs of Queensland Museum 49: 125-143.
  22. Schwartz, M.D. and Cassis, G. 2003. New genus and new species of myrmecomorphic bug from Australia (Heteroptera: Miridae: Mirini). Australian Journal of Entomology 42: 254-259.
  23. Wall, M.A. and Cassis, G. 2003. Diabolocoris, a new genus in the Tribe Ploiariolini (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Emesinae) from New Caledonia. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 49: 482-483.
  24. Faith, D. P., Carter, G., Cassis, G., Ferrier, S., Wilkie, L. 2003. Complementarity, biodiversity viability analysis, and policy-based algorithms for conservation. Environmental Science and Policy 6: 311-328.
  25. Major, R.E., Christie, F.J., Gowing, G., Cassis G. and Reid, C.A.M. 2003. The effect of habitat configuration on arboreal insects in fragmented woodlands of south-eastern Australia. Biological Conservation 113: 35-48.
  26. Colgan, D.J., Cassis, G. and Beacham, E. 2003. Setting the Molecular Phylogenetic Framework for the Dermaptera. Insect Systematics and Evolution 34: 65-79
  27. Cassis, G. and Silveira, R. 2002. A revision and phylogenetic analysis of the Nerthra elongata species-group (Heteroptera: Gelastocoridae: Nerthrinae). Journal of the New York Entomological Society 110: 143-181.
  28. Wilkie, L., Cassis, G. & Gray, M.R. 2002. A Quality Control Protocol for Terrestrial Invertebrate Biodiversity Assessment. Biodiversity and Conservation 12: 121-146.
  29. Cassis, G. & Moulds 2002. A systematic revision of the plantbug genus Kirkaldyella Poppius (Heteroptera: Miridae: Orthtotylinae: Austromirini). Insect Systematics and Evolution 33: 53-90.
  30. Colgan, D.J., Brown, S., Major, R.E., Christie, F., Gray, M.R. and Cassis, G. 2002. Population genetics of wolf spiders of fragmented habitat in the wheatbelt of New South Wales. Molecular Ecology 11: 2295-2305.
  31. Wall, M.A. and Cassis, G. 2002. Evidence for a pronotal exocrine gland in the Heteroptera. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 110: 263-269.
  1. Cassis, G. & Gross, G. 2002. Hemiptera: Heteroptera (Pentatomomorpha). In ABRS Australian Faunal Directory.
  2. Cassis, G., Flemons, P., Elliott, M.G., Donnelly, A., Lane, J., Bulbert, Smith, M., Reid, C.A.M., Harris, R., Carter, G. & Silveira, R. 2002. FaunaNet.
  3. Cassis, G. Betts, E., and Elliott, M.G. 2003. The stinkbugs of Australia (Insecta: Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). A key to the genera of Australia.
  4. Cassis, G. & Bulbert, M. 2004. The Lacebugs of Australia. A key to the genera of Australia.
  5. Schuh, RT, Cassis, G., Weirauch, C., Schwartz, MD, Henry, TJ, Wall, M., Weirauch, C., Konstantinov, F., Tatarnic, N., Ferero, D., Hewson-Smith, S., Symonds, C. and Mututantri, A. 2005. Planetary Biodiversity Inventory: Plant Bugs.

    Updated: 20 November, 2007

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