Honorary Member 2023

The Honorary Member of The Coleopterists Society for 2023 is

Victoria Bayless

Victoria Bayless serving at the first Booth of The Coleopterists Society in Austin, Texas, in 2013.
Victoria Bayless serving at the first Booth of The Coleopterists Society in Austin, Texas, in 2013.

The Coleopterists Society Honorary Member is awarded recognizing the devotion to the Society and dedication to the discipline.

Victoria is the Curator of the Louisiana State Arthropod Museum. She served as Society Councilor (2007–2008) and President (sequence, 2011–2016). She was also the creator of The Coleopterists Society Booth at the Entomological Society of America in 2013.

Congratulations, Victoria!

New Councilors 2023–2024

In 2023 we ran elections for one student councilor and two regular councilor positions.

Welcome new councilors!

Portraits of Samanta Orellana (Student Councilor), Tommy McElrath (Councilor) and Vinicius Ferreira (Councilor).

This also means that three councilors just finished their terms. Thank you for serving!

Portraits of Evan Waite (Student Councilor), Aaron Smith (Councilor) and Annie Ray (Councilor).

Ross Taylor Bell and Joyce Rockenbach Bell Research Grant – 2023 award

With the tremendous amount of interest in the Ross Taylor Bell and Joyce Rockenbach Bell Research Grant in 2023, The Coleopterists Society is pleased to announce that two awards will be given this year! There were 17 applications submitted this year from around the world including North America, Japan, Nepal, South Africa, Europe, Australia, and four from Latin America. The awardees are:

Dr. Lawrence Kirkendall and Dr. Thomas Atkinson for their project titled “Synopsis of the Platypodinae of Brazil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)”. This project involves the principal investigators travelling to Ilha Solteira, Brazil to work on the taxonomy of a large collection of platypodines assembled by Dr. Carlos Flechtmann and housed in the Faculdade de Engenharia – Câmpus de Ilha Solteira (São Paulo State University).

Dr. Lawrence Kirkendall, Dr. Thomas Atkinson, and the dorsal, lateral, and oblique views of the head and the elytral apex of an undescribed Platypodinae.
Dr. Lawrence Kirkendall, Dr. Thomas Atkinson, and the dorsal, lateral, and oblique views of the head and the elytral apex of an undescribed Platypodinae.

Dr. Cristian Beza-Beza for his project titled “Curation and study of the personal collection of Pedro Reyes-Castillo at the Colección Entomológica del Instituto de Ecología (IEXA): continuing the legacy of biodiversity research in Passalidae”. This project involves bringing together several taxonomic experts and students to the Instituto de Ecología in Xalapa, Mexico to work on the taxonomy and catalog the recently donated collection of passalid beetles from the late Pedro Reyes-Castillo.

Dr. Cristian Beza-Beza and Passalidae specimens.
Dr. Cristian Beza-Beza and Passalidae specimens.

We would like to thank Joyce Bell for making this grant possible with her generous donation to The Coleopterists Society in memory of her husband, Ross Bell. This grant is awarded on April 23rd, 2023, which would have been Ross’s 94 th birthday.

Ross Taylor Bell and Joyce Rockenbach Bell Research Grant – 2021 award

The Coleopterists Society is pleased to announce that Dr Scott Gilmore (@gilmore_scott) has been awarded the second Ross Taylor Bell and Joyce Rockenbach Bell Research Grant! His project titled “Creation of Pictorial Keys to the Elateridae of British Columbia” involves a visit to the Canadian National Collection and to the Spencer Entomological Collection at the University of British Columbia to examine museum specimens of Elateridae from British Columbia, as well as two collecting trips to locations in Canada where limited collecting of Elateridae has been done. We would like to thank Joyce Bell for making this grant possible with her generous donation to The Coleopterists Society in memory of her husband, Ross Bell. This grant is awarded on April 23rd, which would have been Ross’s 92nd birthday.