PIAkey is written, illustrated and designed by Eli Sarnat. Eli is currently an Entomology graduate student in Phil Ward's lab at the University of California, Davis. He has facilitated a number of invasive ant workshops in Fiji in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), and MAF Biosecurity New Zealand.

In addition to an interest in invasive ant identification, Eli is conducting a faunistic study of Fiji's ant fauna for his doctoral research.