DUNG BEETLES - SYSTEMATICS - PHYLOGENETIC METHODS - ONTOLOGIES

Our research strives to understand the evolutionary processes that shaped the stunning diversity of organismal forms on Earth. We employ an interdisciplinary approach that involves beetle systematics, statistical modeling, development of new phylogenetic methods and ontology-based tools for descriptive taxonomy. Our focal group of organisms is dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae).

Read the cool facts illuminating the importance of dung beetles for current biology and ecology

Why study dung beetles?

OUR LOCATION

Finnish Museum of Natural History

P.O. Box 17 (Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 13)

FI-00014 University of Helsinki

FINLAND

 

LATEST RESEARCH

 

February 10, 2019

TARASOV S. 2019. Integration of anatomy ontologies and evo-devo using structured Markov models suggests a new framework for modeling discrete phenotypic traits. Systematic Biology, syz005, https://doi.org/10.1093/sysbio/syz005

August 20, 2016

https://peerj.com/articles/1988/

We review all 33 named scarabaeine fossils and describe two new species from Dominican amber (Canthochilum alleni sp.n., Canthochilum philipsivieorum sp.n.). We provide a catalogue of all fossil Scarabaeinae and evaluate their assignment...

July 2, 2016

I am starting my postdoc at NIMBioS (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) and very excited!

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