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2020 Annual Meeting

December 4 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This will be a virtual/ online meeting 12–6 PM North American Eastern Standard Time, 4 December 2020.

Registration is free for members and non-members. In order to participate in the meeting, you must register at this link:

Click here to register for the 2020 Annual Meeting of The Coleopterists Society



Speaker schedule:


Marcin Kaminski and Ryan Lumen

Department of Entomology, Purdue University

Unraveling the diversity of Helopinina Latreille (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae): an illustrated catalogue of the subtribe and initial taxonomic revision



Gavin Martin

School of Math and Sciences, Laramie County Community College

Higher-level phylogeny and reclassification of Lampyridae (Coleoptera)



Claire Winfrey

Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado Boulder

How range overlap and environmental variation influence the gut microbiomes of Phanaeus vindex and P. difformis (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) dung beetles



Colin Morrison

Department of Integrative Biology, The University of Texas at Austin

Comparative phylogeny of passion vine specialist flea beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)



Curt Harden

Department of Plant & Environmental Sciences, Clemson University

Molecular phylogenetics and biogeography of Appalachian Anillinus (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Anillini)



Adam Rork

Department of Entomology, The Pennsylvania State University

The evolution and mechanisms of carabid beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) chemical defense



Sang Il Kim

Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Phylogeny of the largely tropical cerambycid genus Anoplophora Hope (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) and the origins of life in the cold  



Mario Cupello

Department of Zoology, Federal University of Paraná

Diversity and evolutionary history of Ateuchus, a clade of New World dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae)



Jennifer Girón

Department of Entomology, Purdue University

The Coleoptera anatomy ontology: a big step towards the semantic integration of morphological data



Vinicius Ferreira

Montana Entomology Collection, Montana State University

Integration of morphology, molecular and biogeography data resolves 257 years of unsettling taxonomy in the West Indian lycid genus Thonalmus (Coleoptera: Lycidae)




Crystal Maier

Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University

The MCZ entomology collection, a journey through early US coleopterology




The Erwin Equation of biodiversity: remembering the “Beetle Man”

Carlos Garcia-Robledo

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Connecticut

I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the National Museum of Natural History – Smithsonian Institution, under the advice of the legendary Coleopterist Terry L. Erwin. Together with Terry, we performed research and taught courses on tropical biology in the Peruvian Amazon and Costa Rica. In this talk, we will celebrate some of the milestones in Terry’s career. We will also discuss a project inspired in his classic paper ” Tropical Forests: Their Richness in Coleoptera and Other Arthropod Species” (1982) published in the Coleopterist Bulletin. After many discussions with Terry Erwin, we present his verbal argument as an equation, the Erwin Equation of Biodiversity. In this presentation we illustrate how this original idea ignited an era of biodiversity discovery, and inspired subsequent diversity-ratio models aiming to estimate arthropod diversity.



Global insect richness and its decline

David WagnerDavid Wagner

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Connecticut

Stork’s (2018) recent estimate of 5.5 million species of insects is significantly more conservative than Terry Erwin’s back-of-the-envelope suggestion that there may be as many as 30 million terrestrial arthropods. I will share new thoughts and data about global insect richness, and where much of that that diversity is hiding. Might Terry have been right, but for the wrong reasons? The earth’s biodiversity is under siege from global anthropogenic stressors: deforestation, agriculture, urbanization, exotic species, and many others. I will provide a synopsis of recent findings relevant to global insect declines, emphasizing where data from studies of Coleoptera have shaped our understanding.



A summary of the 2020 Coleopterists Society activities, finances, and publications will follow the plenary speakers.


December 4
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm