Jonathan A. CODDINGTON Smithsonian Institution, USA 
  Jonathan A. Coddington is a Senior Scientist and the Interim Chair in the Department of Vertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. He is also the Director of the Global Genome Initiative. His research fields are phylogeny and comparative morphology of the spider family Theridiosomatidae and higher systematics of spiders in general, comparative ethology of theridiosomatids and orb weavers, implications of phylogenetic analysis for evolutionary theory, theory and design of biological inventories and preservation and understanding of genomes of life.
Mark S. HARVEY Western Australian Museum, Australia 
  Mark S. Harvey is a Senior Curator & Head at the Department of Terrestrial Zoology at the Western Australian Museum. His main research interests are the systematics and biogeography of Australasian arachnids, with major contributions to the study of pseudoscorpions, spiders and water mites, as well as some of the smaller orders, such as the Schizomida and Amblypygi. More than 570 new species, 75 new genera, 4 new subfamilies, 4 new families were described in his more than 250 papers and other publications. He wrote several catalogues of the smaller arachnid orders including Amblypygi, Uropygi, Schizomida, Palpigradi, Ricinulei and Solifugae.
Daiqin LI National University of Singapore, Singapore

Daiqin Li is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the National University of Singapore. He has a broad research interest in animal behaviours, including animal communication, sexual selection, predator-prey interactions, and the evolutionary significance of prey-specific prey-catching and prey-preference behaviour. He has published more than 118 peer reviewed papers in international journals.

Miquel A. ARNEDO University of Barcelona, Spain

Miquel A. Arnedo is an Associate Professor and director of the master program in Biodiversity at the University of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. His research focuses on inventorying biodiversity and unveiling the processes that shape temporal and spatial dynamics of life. He studies biological evolution in a phylogenetic framework, boosting traditional natural history approaches with modern molecular and omics tools to infer genealogical information, understand trait evolution and accelerate biological inventories. He has co-authored more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Zhi-Qiang ZHANG University of Auckland, New Zealand

Zhi-Qiang Zhang is Curator (Acari) in New Zealand Arthropod Collection and Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has broad interest in systematics, ecology and evolution. He has published over 300 papers and also authored/edited more than 20 books, most of these on mites. His passion in the last twenty years has been the revival of taxonomy, mainly through his work in founding and editing of two of the largest journals in biology (Zootaxa and Phytotaxa).