José Ramón Guzman Álvarez
Ramón is a naturalist who became fascinated by glow-worms during his childhood in Granada, Spain. He has studied Forest Engineering and holds a Ph.D. in Agronomy. In 2008, worried about the status of these insects, he launched a citizen science firefly survey web project in collaboration with Raphaël De Cock. “Have you ever seen a glow-worm?” has increased the knowledge about Lampyrids all over Spain.
Raphaël De Cock
Raphaël is an Associate Researcher at the University of Antwerp in Belgium, and co-organizer of the first international firefly network meeting. His “fireflyer” interests range from taxonomy, phylogeny, physiology, to biogeography, but mainly focus on behaviour, ecology and conservation. He has been involved in the set-up of many citizen science firefly survey projects. His own research focuses on “aposematic” warning signals (colour patterns and glows) in lampyrid larvae and on the behaviour and sexual communication of diurnal and nocturnal fireflies.
Martin is a Ph.D. student at the University of Life Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic, specializing in the morphology of European fireflies in addition to their behaviour, ecology and taxonomy. Martin has redescribed the larvae of central-European fireflies and is currently investigating the visual and possible pheromone-based aspects of the mate selection of adults. His interests also include rearing of these wonderful beetles.
Alan is a Reader in Ecology at the University of Sussex in the UK. His primary research interests are the ecology and conservation of insects in general, and glow worms (Lampyris noctiluca, the main lampyrid species that occurs in Britain) in particular. He is currently studying the potential impact of artificial lighting at night (ALAN) on glow worm behaviour and population conservation.