Andy Bentley

Andy Bentley

Collection Manager
785.864.3863
Dyche Hall

I am collection manager of Ichthyology as well as the Bioinformatics Manager for the Biodiversity Institute and Usability Lead for the Specify collections management software project.  I have an interest in marine fishes as well as all things collections (primarily alcohol preserved and Cryogenic tissue collections) and databases.  I am also President of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC).

Research: 

My research focuses on collection management – specifically of preservation, digitization, databasing and maintenance of wet and cryogenic collections.  I also have an interest in database development and usability.

Publications: 

Wong, P.B.Y, E.O. Wiley, W.E. Johnson, O.A. Ryder, S.J. O’Brien, D. Haussler, K.-P. Koepfli, M.L. Houck, P. Perelman, G. Mastromonaco, A.C. Bentley, Y.-P. Zhang, B. Venkatesh and R.W. Murphy. 2012. Tissue sampling and standards for vertebrate genomics. GigaScience 1:8.

Owens, H.L., A.C. Bentley, and A.T. Peterson. 2011.  Predicting suitable environments and potential occurrences for coelacanths (Latimeria ssp.).  Biodivers. Conserv. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10531-011-0202-1

Bentley, A.C. & K. Lara. 2008.  Inventario rápido de moluscos y crustáceos en Isla El Icacal, Departamento de La Unión, El Salvador.  SalvaNatura. Pgs 1-20.

Bentley, A.C. & K. Lara. 2008.  Inventario rápido de peces en Isla El Icacal, Departamento de La Unión, El Salvador.  SalvaNatura. Pgs 1-49.

Bentley, A.C. 2007.   Shipping and handling of natural history specimens in dangerous goods.  Collection Forum 22(1-2): 66-73.

Bentley, A.C. 2007.  Shipping and Handling of Natural History Wet Specimens Stored in Fluids as “Dangerous Goods” – Hazardous MaterialsNational Park Service (NPS) Conserv-O-Gram No. 11/13. 4 pgs.

Bentley, A.C.  1998.  Reproductive cycle and gonadal histology of Echinodiscus bisperforatus along the southern coast of South Africa.  In:  Echinoderms, San Fransisco.  Mooi, R. and M. Telford (eds.). Pgs 571-576.

Bentley, A.C. and A.C. Cockcroft. 1994.  Sublittoral sand dollar (Echinodiscus bisperforatus) communities in two bays on the South African south coast.  South African Journal of Zoology Vol. 30(1): 5-17.

Bentley, A.C. and A.C. Cockcroft. 1994. Sand dollar (Echinodiscus bisperforatus) distribution and abundance in South Africa - implications for conservation and legislation.  South African Journal of Science Vol. 91: 38-40.

Education: 

MSc – Zoology; The ecology of the sand dollar, Echinodiscus bisperforatus.  University of Port Elizabeth, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (1991 - 1996).
BSc (Hons) – Zoology; University of Port Elizabeth, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (1989 - 1990).
BSc (Zoology); Majors - Zoology, Complementary Biological Sciences and Genetics.  University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.  (1985 - 1988).

Awards: 

Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) President’s Award – 2011.

Professional Presentations: 

Botany 2012 – Engaging Collaborations for Computerization with Specify, Bentley, A.C. Columbus, OH, July 2012 (Oral)

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) annual meeting – The Return of Fishnet, Bentley, A.C., H.L. Bart, E.O. Wiley, N. Rios, D. Vieglais, and L. Russell.  Providence, RI.  2010 (Oral and poster).

Northeast Herbarium Network Conference – Specify 6:  An Evolutionary New Beginning.  Bentley, A.C., Yale University, New Haven, CT. 2009. (Oral).

67th Annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists – Specify 6:  An Evolutionary New Beginning.  Bentley, A.C., Birmingham, AL. 2009. (Oral).

Northeast Herbarium Network Conference – Specify 5:  A usability release.  Bentley, A.C., Yale University, New Haven, CT. 2006. (Oral).

Botany 2006 meeting – Specify 5:  A usability release.  Bentley, A.C., Chico, CA. 2006. (Oral).

64th Annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists – Specify 5:  A usability release.  Bentley, A.C., Gatlinburg, TN. 2006. (Oral).

21st Annual Conference of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections – Hazardous materials shipping. Bentley, A.C., Albuquerque, New Mexico. 2006. (Oral).

21st Annual Conference of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections – Specify 5.0 – A usability release. Bentley, A.C. and J. Beach, Albuquerque, NM. 2006 (Oral).

14th Annual Conference of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections. The JLB Smith Institute Ichthyology collection:  a new exciting future.  Bentley, A.C., Washington, DC. 1999. (Oral).

13th Annual Conference of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections. – The JLB Smith Institute Ichthyology collection:  past, present and exciting future.  Bentley, A.C., Edmonton, Canada, 1998. (Oral).

Conference on Aquatic Ecosystems – Ecology of the sand dollar, Echinodiscus bisperforatusBentley A.C. and A. McLachlanCape Town, South Africa. 1992. (Oral).

Zoological Society of SA – Conservation of the South African sand dollar, Echinodiscus bisperforatus.  Bentley, A. and A.C. Cockcroft.  Stellenbosch, South Africa. 1991. (Oral).

32nd Japanese Society of Systematics and Zoology – On the systematic features of Echinodiscus tenuissimus from the Amami Islands, southern Japan.  Tominaga, H., A.C. Bentley, and N. Kobayashi.  Japan. 1996. (Oral).

9th International Echinoderm Conference – Reproductive cycle and gonadal histology of Echinodiscus bisperforatusBentley, A.C.  San Fransisco, CA.  August 1996 (Oral).

Specify 6 training workshops:
Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN.  Feb 2014.
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. November 2013.
NRM, Stockholm, Sweden.  October 2013.
Museu de Historia Natural, Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal.  July 2013.
iDigBio Dried Insect digitization workshop, Chicago, IL. April 2013.
Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX. February 2013.
Berlin Museum, Berlin, Germany.  January 2013.
CONABIO, Mexico City, Mexico.  September 2012
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.  September 2012
Brooklyn Botanical Garden, New York, NY.  August 2012
Botany 2012 meeting, Columbus, OH. July 2012
Texas and Oklahoma Research Consortia of Herbaria (TORCH), Lake Texoma Biological Station.  May 2012.
Monte L Bean Museum, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT.  January 2012.
Taxonomic Database Working Group (TDWG), New Orleans, LA.  October 2011.
Burke Museum of Natural History, Seattle, WA.  September 2011.
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH. August 2011.
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.  August 2011.
Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD. July 2011.
Special Library Association (SLA) Conference, Philadelphia, PA.  June 2011.
Texas and Oklahoma Research Consortia of Herbaria (TORCH), Texas Tech Llano River Field Station, Junction, TX.  April 2011.
Atlas of Living Australia (4 workshops in Melbourne, Perth and Canberra).  October 2010
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.  September 2010.
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.  August 2010.
National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research Ltd., (NIWA), Wellington, New Zealand.  May 2010.
ATBI, Gatlinburg, TN. December 2009.
Intermountain Herbaria, Utah State University, Logan, UT.  April 2009.
SERNEC, Birmingham, AL.  April 2009.
University of Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. April 2009.

Specify 5 training workshops:
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.  August 2008.
San Juan College, Farmington, NM.  June 2008.
University of San Diego, San Diego, CA.  June 2008.
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.  November 2007.
SERNEC, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.  October 2007.
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.  May 2007.
University of Minnesota, Bell Museum, St. Paul, MN.  May 2007.
Arkansas Flora Project, Russellville, AR.  April 2007.
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA.  April 2007.
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.  January 2007.
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE.  October 2006.
Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, Norman, OK.  August 2006.
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA. July 2006.
UC Berkeley and Jepson Herbarium, San Francisco, CA.  July 2006.
Chicago Nature Museum, Chicago, IL.  April 2006.
California Academy of Sciences (CAS), San Francisco, CA.  January 2006.
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Wellington, New Zealand.  March 2005.
South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB), South Africa.  September 2004.

Major Field Experience: 

Marine collecting in South Africa, Saipan, Seychelles as well as freshwater collecting in Kansas.

Professional Societies: 

Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) – President.
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) – Collections Committee member.

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