About the authors of this 2nd edition of Nomenclatura Oligochaetologica

JOHN WARREN REYNOLDS1 received his biological training at Ontario Agricultural College, Guelph, and Wilmington College, Ohio (B.Sc., 1966), Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (M.Sc., 1969), University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Ph.D., 1973), and earned other professional degrees from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton (LL.B., 1981), and Holland College, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (Dipl. Pol. Sci., 1982).  John has received grants and research support from the United States Department of Agriculture, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the United States Atomic Energy Commission, the National Institutes of Health and the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to support his research activities.  He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Megadrilogica, since its beginning in 1972. John was in charge of oligochaete research at Tall Timbers Research Station (1972-1976) and a professor in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton) from 1974-1977.  From 1991 through 1996, John was the Chairman of the Resource Technology Division, School of Natural Resources of Sir Sandford Fleming College, Lindsay, Ontario.  Since 1989, John has served as a member of the Annelida Subcommittee of the American Fisheries Society on Names of Aquatic Invertebrates.  He was a member of the New Brunswick Bar, and served as a Barrister, Solicitor, and Notary Public (1982-1993).  John has been a visiting scientist and guest lecturer at various universities and institutions in Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Dubai, Japan, South Africa, and the United States. For several years, he served as a Governor/Trustee for Frontier College and Sir Sandford Fleming College.  Over the years, he has developed programs to excite students and members of the lay community about the roll of earthworms in the environment – primarily through mini lectures, and 17 Great Global Earthworm Races in Canada (6), Mexico (6), Japan (3), Dubai (1) and India (1). John is the Director of the Oligochaetology Laboratory, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

 MARK J. WETZEL2 received his zoological training at Blackburn College, Carlinville, Illinois, Parkland College, Champaign, Illinois (Assoc. Sc., 1971), the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (B.S., 1973), and Eastern Illinois University, Charleston (M.Sc., 1982). His long-term research interests focus on the global distribution, ecology, taxonomy, and systematics of freshwater Annelida, and the biodiversity of oligochaetes associated with surface- and groundwater systems. Grants and research support have been received from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) {formerly, North American Benthological Society–NABS, 1975-2011, and before that, the Midwest Benthological Society–MBS, 1953-1975}, Environmental Protection Agency (state and federal), Biological Surveys and Assessment Program, Illinois Groundwater Consortium, Illinois Environmental Protection Trust Fund Commission, U.S. Geological Survey, World Wildlife Fund, Discover Life in America, Inc., the American Fisheries Society, Integrated Taxonomic Information System, Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation, and Friends of Nachusa GrasslandsSince 1972, he has been employed as an aquatic zoologist at the Illinois Natural History Survey, now a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; there, he currently holds the position as Research Scientist, and serves as Curator and Collections Manager of the INHS Annelida Collection.  He is a member of several national and international committees, including the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) Literature Review Committee (Annelida) (1979–, and as Chair, 2010–), Taxonomic Certification Committee (founding member) that oversees the Society’s Taxonomic Certification Program (2003–), American Fisheries Society Committee on Names of Aquatic Invertebrates (1989–), and as Steward (aquatic oligochaetous Clitellata) for the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS – U.S. Department of Agriculture) (2002–). Over the last 20+ years, he has organized and presented / co-presented numerous workshops focusing on the taxonomy, systematics, and ecology of freshwater oligochaetes. Mark serves as Associate Editor for the journal, Megadrilogica. In December 2007, Mark was appointed First General Secretary of the International Symposia on Aquatic Oligochaeta (ISAO) consortium – a group that has convened triennially since 1979.  He assisted Dr. Jana Schenková as a member of the organizing and scientific committees for the 13th International Symposium on Aquatic Oligochaeta (ISAO) (convened 7–11 September 2015 at Mazaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic), Dr. Akifumi Ohtaka with the organization of the 14th ISAO meeting (convened at Hirosaki University in Hirosaki City, Honshu, Japan, in September 2018), and Drs. Patrick Martin and Adrian Pinder with the organization of ISAO15.  Originally scheduled to convene in September 2021, members of the the ISAO15 organizational and scientific committees decided (in September 2020) to postpone the 15th symposium for one year.  ISAO15 successuly convened at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) in Brussels, Belgium, 20–24 September 2022, hosted by Dr. Patrick Martin.  The symposium proceedings were published on 10 July 2023 in Zoosymposia 23.

 1 Postal address: Oligochaetology Laboratory, 9-1250 Weber Street East, Kitchener, Ontario N2A 4E1.
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2 Postal address: INHS Center for Annelida Resources, Illinois Natural History Survey, 1816 S. Oak Street, Forbes Natural History Building, MC-652, Champaign, Illinois, USA 61820.  E-mail: * mjwetzel'[AT]’   //  ORCID 

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