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