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Ganyan Yang and Hong-Liang Shi


Visiting from: Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing


Working with: Beulah Garner, Curator Carabidae, Cleroidea


Arrived at the Museum:  15/08/2011


Leaving date: 25/08/2011


Whilst at the museum, Ganyan worked on a revision of the Callimerus group of checkered beetles. This revision is published here and includes NHM specimens.



Research interests:

Ganyan is currently working on a revison of Gastrocentrum, Tillinae, Cleridae. 


Relevant webpages:


Relevant publications:


Yang, GY; Yang, XK. 2013. Revision of the genus Hemitrachys Gorham, with discovery of a second species (Coleoptera: Cleridae: Clerinae). ZOOTAXA  Volume: 3710, Issue: 1, Pages: 72-80


Yang, GY ; Montreuil, O ; Yang, XK. 2013. Taxonomic revision of the genus Callimerus Gorham s. l. (Coleoptera, Cleridae). Part I. latifrons species-group. ZOOKEYS  Issue: 294 


Gerstmeier, R ; Yang, GY; Leavengood, JM. Editor(s): Hartmann, M; Weipert, J. 2012. .Callimerus of the Himalaya (Insecta: Coleoptera: Cleridae: Hydnocerinae). BIODIVERSITAT UND NATURAUSSTATTUNG IM HIMALAYA IV  Pages: 391-398 


Yang, GY; Montreuil, O; Yang, XK. 2011. New species, new records and new morphological characters of the genus Tillicera Spinola from China (Coleoptera, Cleridae, Clerinae). ZOOKEYS. Issue: 122,  Pages: 19-38


Ittai Renan, Israel

Posted by Blaps Oct 30, 2013

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Ittai Renan



Visiting from: National Museum of Natural History, Tel Aviv University, Israel


Working with: Beulah Garner, Curator Carabidae


Arrived at the Museum:  05/12/2011


Leaving date: 09/12/2011


Whilst at the museum, Ittai worked on Graphipterus serrator group whose revision is the subject of his PhD research.


A selection of undetermined material in the Graphipterus accessions now identified to genus level by Ittai and is currently residing in Tel Aviv University for further research!



Research interests:


Revision of Graphipterus serrator group (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Lebiinae). An integrative approach to species discovery in Carabidae, using morphology, molecular analysis and ecological methods.


Relevant webpages:


Relevant publications:

Kfir, Y; Renan, I; Schneidman, E ; Segev, R. 2012. A Natural Variation of a Neural Code. PLOS ONE.  Volume: 7.  Issue: 3  


Renan, I; Freidberg, A ; Bar Kutiel, P. 2010. The Sandy Islands of West Negev. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution. Volume: 56, Issue: 1



Gino Nearns, New Mexico, USA

Posted by Blaps Feb 28, 2012


Gino Nearns


Visiting from: Department of Biology, Museum of Southwestern Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque


Working with: Max Barclay, Coleoptera Collections Manager; Nathan Lord


Arrived at the Museum: 27th September 2011

Leaving date: 8th October 2011


Whilst at the museum, aside from his own research Gino idenitifed three drawers of Neo-tropical Lamiines from the Martin Cooper Collection which is a great contribution to Coleoptera collections enhancement.




Research interests:


Gino is a Phd candidate (Systematics and Ecology of Longhorned Beetles (Cerambycidae)) at the University of New Mexico in the Miller lab.


His interests are in the systematics and biodiversity of longhorned beetles: researching phylogenetic relationships among Cerambicyd taxa considering morphological, molecular, and ecological data.

Ongoing research includes a molecular phylogenetic analysis of the subfamilies Parandrinae and Prioninae, developing Lucid identification keys to the subfamilies and tribes of longhorned beetles, and describing 20+ new species of Onciderini from French Guiana.


Relevant webpages: - A Resource for Wood Boring Beetles of the World - Cerambycid holotype website and database for the Smithsonian - A lucid key

Relevant publications:


Nearns, E.H. & I.P Swift. 2011. New taxa and combinations in Onciderini Thomson, 1860 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae). Insecta Mundi, 0192: 1-27.


Lord, N.P., Nearns, E.H., and K.B. Miller. 2011. Ironclad ID: Tool for diagnosing ironclad and cylindrical bark beetles (Coleoptera: Zopheridae) of North America north of Mexico. The University of  New Mexico and Center for Plant Health Science and Technology, USDA, APHIS, PPQ.


Nearns, E.H., Lord, N.P., and K.B. Miller. 2011. Oncid ID: Tool for diagnosing adult twig girdlers (Cerambycidae: Lamiinae: Onciderini). The University of New Mexico and Center for Plant Health Science and Technology, USDA, APHIS, PPQ.


Santos-Silva, A., Swift, I., & E.H. Nearns. 2010. Division of the genus Nothopleurus Lacordaire, 1869 (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Prioninae). Zootaxa, 2643: 1-44.


Milosz Mazur, Poland

Posted by Blaps Aug 3, 2011





Visiting from: Department of Biosystematics, Opole University, Poland
Working with: Max Barcley - Collections Manager; Chris Lyal - weevil researcher
Arrived at the Museum: 28th June 2011
Leaving date: 5th July 2011
Research interests: Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Eugnomini



Goal of research at the Museum: view the Eugnomini collection; revised type specimens of Eugnomini, especially genus Pactola; research specimens from the genus Pactola in undeterminated specimens.


Something about me:

I’m working at Opole University in Poland (Department of Biosystematics) since 2006. At University I’m lecturer, weevil researcher and coordinator of the Center of Biodiversity Studies. I created the first beetle collections at Opole University (more then 15 000 specimens, mainly weevils from West Europe, till now). My main research interests are: taxonomy and systematics of weevils (Eugnomini); zoogeography, biodiversity, faunistics and nature conservation.


My current projects:

1) Taxonomy and morphology of Eugnomini (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) – my own project
2) Barcoding for Crioceris asparagus beetles from central-east Europe – together with the Polish Academy of Science; as grant executor; grant funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education
3) Influence of xerothemic turfs isolation on genetic structure of Centricnemus leucogrammus populations: conservation implications – together with the Polish Academy of Science; as grant executor; grant funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education
4) Genetic structure of central-European populations of xerothermic beetles (Coleoptera: Buprestidae, Chrysomelidae): colonization history, level of isolation and taxonomic status - together with the Polish Academy of Science; as grant executor; grant funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education