Dr Michael Geiser

Dr Michael Geiser

Curator, Coleoptera

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Insects Division
Contact: email
Phone: 0207942 5469

Insects, Coleoptera

Michael Geiser

Specialisms

Cantharidae, Chrysomelidae, Coleoptera, Indochina, Lampyridae, Melyridae, Phengodidae, Prionoceridae, biogeography, collection management, faunistics, phylogeny, systematics, taxonomy

Summary

I'm one of the curators of Coleoptera (beetles), specifically looking after the Elateroidea (including "Cantharoidea") and Chrysomelidae collections, occasionally also dealing with other beetle groups. I'm responsible for loan requests and look after visitors for the above beetle taxa. I'm also an active taxonomist working on the former "Malacodermata" (Prionoceridae, Melyridae, Cantharidae and their relatives).

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD in Environmental Sciences (Biogeography), University of Basel, Switzerland, 2009 - 2014

MSc in Ecology and Conservation Biology, University of Basel, Switzerland, 2007 - 2009

BSc in Biology, Major in Organismic Biology, University of Basel, Switzerland, 2004 - 2007

Highlighted publications

Mendelson JR, Barclay MVL, Geiser M, Streicher JW (2016) The Taxonomic Status of Bufo intermedius Günther, 1858: Forensic Entomology Confirms What Was Long Suspected from Morphology. Copeia, 104 (3) : 697 - 701. doi: 10.1643/CH-16-422

Geiser M, Hagmann R, Nagel P, Loader SP (2016) A first broad-scale molecular phylogeny of Prionoceridae (Coleoptera: Cleroidea) provides insight into taxonomy, biogeography and life history evolution. Arthropod Systematics and Phylogeny, 74 (1) : 3 - 21.

Geiser M (2013) The soldier-beetle subfamily Silinae (Coleoptera: Cantharidae) in Laos: An annotated checklist and new faunistic data, In: Beetle diversity of Laos. Part I., Brancucci M, Nagel P, Kolibac J, Geiser M (Eds). Pro Entomologia Foundation & Naturhistorisches Museum Basel : Basel, Switzerland. 255 - 267.

Geiser M, Nagel P (2013) Coleopterology in Laos – an introduction to the nature of the country and its coleopterological exploration, In: Beetle diversity of Laos. Part I., Brancucci M, Nagel P, Kolibac J, Geiser M (Eds). Pro Entomologia Foundation & Naturhistorisches Museum Basel : 11 - 46.

Geiser M (2010) Studies on Prionoceridae (Coleoptera: Cleroidea). II. A revision of the genus Prionocerus Perty, 1831. Zootaxa, 2328 : 1 - 48.

Fieldwork

Cote d'Ivoire
2016 - 2016.

Guyana
2014 - 2014.

Memberships

Member, Entomological Society of America, 2013 - 2015.

Member, Coleopterists Society, United States, 2013 - on going.

Member, Basel Entomological Society, Basel, Switzerland, 2011 - on going.

Member, 2011 - on going.

Member, Swiss Entomological Society, 2006 - on going.

Member, 2006 - on going.

Member, Vienna Coleopterists Society, Vienna, Austria, 2005 - on going.

Member, 2005 - on going.

Member, 2005 - on going.

Publications

Mendelson JR, Barclay MVL, Geiser M, Streicher JW (2016) The Taxonomic Status of Bufo intermedius Günther, 1858: Forensic Entomology Confirms What Was Long Suspected from Morphology. Copeia, 104 (3) : 697 - 701. doi: 10.1643/CH-16-422

Geiser M, Hagmann R, Nagel P, Loader SP (2016) A first broad-scale molecular phylogeny of Prionoceridae (Coleoptera: Cleroidea) provides insight into taxonomy, biogeography and life history evolution. Arthropod Systematics and Phylogeny, 74 (1) : 3 - 21.

Wiesner J, Geiser M (2016) Faunistic survey of the Tiger Beetles (Coleoptera, Carabidae, Cicindelinae) of Laos. Entomologica Basiliensia et Collectionis Frey, 35 : 61 - 117.

Walters JM, Barclay MVL, Geiser MF (2016) Xylotoles griseus (Fabricius, 1775) (Cerambycidae; Lamiinae), the New Zealand Fig Longhorn, breeding in Devon, new to Britain and Europe.. The Coleopterist, 25 (1) : 53 - 56.

Barclay MVL, Garner BH, Booth RG, Geiser MF, Taylor CE (2015) The Coleoptera Collections of the Natural History Museum, London. Presented at Entomological Society of America.

Geiser M (2016) An update on the distribution of the pyrophilous beetle Acanthocnemus nigricans (Hope, 1845) (Coleoptera: Cleroidea: Acanthocnemidae), including new records from Laos. Entomologica Basiliensia et Collectionis Frey, 35 : 429 - 432.

Nagel P, Schmidlin L, Geiser M (2016) Names as legacy: Catalogue of taxa described by and for Michel Brancucci (1950-2012). Entomologica Basiliensia et Collectionis Frey, 35 : 11 - 59.

Sekerka L, Geiser M (2016) Sagrinae of Laos (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Entomologica Basiliensia et Collectionis Frey, 35 : 443 - 453.

Geiser M, Fanti F (2015) On the nomenclature of Cantharis nigra (De Geer, 1774) and C. thoracica (A.G. Olivier, 1790) (Cantharidae) as used in Britain and Ireland. The Coleopterist, 24 (3) : 164 - 166.

Germann C, Geiser M, Luka H, Sprecher E, Schatz I (2015) Käfer (Coleoptera) im Gebiet des Furkapasses, Kantone Uri und Wallis. Entomo Helvetica, 8 : 71 - 79.

Herger P, Germann C, Uhlig M, Vogel J, Geiser M, Kirejtshuk A (2015) Käfer aus Lichtfängen am Monte San Giorgio bei Serpiano, Kanton Tessin (Coleoptera). Entomo Helvetica, 8 : 89 - 96.

Plonski IS, Geiser MF (2015) Studies on the genus Intybia Pascoe (Coleoptera: Malachiidae). III. On Intybia rubrithorax (Pic) and related taxa. Zeitschrift der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Österreichischer Entomologen, 66 : 31 - 38.

Ivie M, Geiser M (2014) Scientific Note: The Status of Tylocerus crassicornis (Dalman, 1823), type species of Tylocerus Dalman, 1823 (Coleoptera: Cantharidae: Silinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin, 68 (1) : 111 - 114.

Geiser M (2013) The soldier-beetle subfamily Silinae (Coleoptera: Cantharidae) in Laos: An annotated checklist and new faunistic data, In: Beetle diversity of Laos. Part I., Brancucci M, Nagel P, Kolibac J, Geiser M (Eds). Pro Entomologia Foundation & Naturhistorisches Museum Basel : Basel, Switzerland. 255 - 267.

Geiser M, Nagel P (2013) Coleopterology in Laos – an introduction to the nature of the country and its coleopterological exploration, In: Beetle diversity of Laos. Part I., Brancucci M, Nagel P, Kolibac J, Geiser M (Eds). Pro Entomologia Foundation & Naturhistorisches Museum Basel : 11 - 46.

Sprecher-uebersax E, Geiser M, Hicklin M (2013) Die Käfersammlung Frey – ein Schatz für die Wissenschaft. Mitteilungen der Naturforschenden Gesellschaften beider Basel, 3 - 19.

Huber C, Geiser M (2012) Nebria (Patrobonebria) megalops sp. n. from Yunnan (China) (Coleoptera, Carabidae). Mitteilungen der Schweizerischen Entomologischen Gesellschaft, 85 : 159 - 165.

Yang Y-X, Geiser M, Yang X-K (2012) A little-known beetle family in China, Prionoceridae Lacordaire, 1857 (Coleoptera: Cleroidea). Entomotaxonomia (Yangling), 34 (2) : 378 - 390.

Geiser M (2011) Nomenclatural Note on Opisthapalochrus Evers, 1987 (Coleoptera, Cleroidea, Malachiidae). Japanese Journal of systematic Entomology, 17 (2) : 403 - 404.

Geiser M (2010) Studies on Prionoceridae (Coleoptera: Cleroidea). II. A revision of the genus Prionocerus Perty, 1831. Zootaxa, 2328 : 1 - 48.

Geiser M (2010) Case 3511: Prionocerus bicolor Redtenbacher, 1868 (Insecta, Coleoptera, CLEROIDEA, PRIONOCERIDAE): proposed precedence over P. pertii Laporte de Castelnau, 1836. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 67 (2) : 137 - 139.

Germann C, Geiser M (2010) Coeliastes lamii (Fabricius, 1792) - in der Schweiz ein bisher übersehener Rüsselkäfer? (Coleoptera, Curculionidae). Entomo Helvetica, 3 : 209 - 212.

Brancucci M, Geiser M (2009) A revision of the genus Lamellipalpus Maulik, 1921 (Coleoptera, Lampyridae). Zootaxa, 2080 : 1 - 20.

Geiser M (2009) Studies on Prionoceridae (Coleoptera, Cleroidea). III. Nomenclatural notes and a lectotype designation for Idgia species described by Maurice Pic. Entomologica Basiliensia et Collectionis Frey, 31 : 131 - 134.

Brancucci M, Geiser M (2007) A new species of Lamellipalpus Maulik, 1921 from Vietnam (Coleoptera, Lampyridae). Entomologica Basiliensia et Collectionis Frey, 29 : 41 - 45.

Geiser M (2007) Geiser, M. (2007). Studies on Prionoceridae (Coleoptera, Cleroidea). I. A new species of Prionocerus Perty, 1831 from Sumatra.. Entomologica Basiliensia et Collectionis Frey, 29 : 167 - 170.

Introduction

Summary

I'm one of the curators of Coleoptera (beetles), specifically looking after the Elateroidea (including "Cantharoidea") and Chrysomelidae collections, occasionally also dealing with other beetle groups. I'm responsible for loan requests and look after visitors for the above beetle taxa. I'm also an active taxonomist working on the former "Malacodermata" (Prionoceridae, Melyridae, Cantharidae and their relatives).

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD in Environmental Sciences (Biogeography), University of Basel, Switzerland, 2009 - 2014

MSc in Ecology and Conservation Biology, University of Basel, Switzerland, 2007 - 2009

BSc in Biology, Major in Organismic Biology, University of Basel, Switzerland, 2004 - 2007

Highlighted publications

Mendelson JR, Barclay MVL, Geiser M, Streicher JW (2016) The Taxonomic Status of Bufo intermedius Günther, 1858: Forensic Entomology Confirms What Was Long Suspected from Morphology. Copeia, 104 (3) : 697 - 701. doi: 10.1643/CH-16-422

Geiser M, Hagmann R, Nagel P, Loader SP (2016) A first broad-scale molecular phylogeny of Prionoceridae (Coleoptera: Cleroidea) provides insight into taxonomy, biogeography and life history evolution. Arthropod Systematics and Phylogeny, 74 (1) : 3 - 21.

Geiser M (2013) The soldier-beetle subfamily Silinae (Coleoptera: Cantharidae) in Laos: An annotated checklist and new faunistic data, In: Beetle diversity of Laos. Part I., Brancucci M, Nagel P, Kolibac J, Geiser M (Eds). Pro Entomologia Foundation & Naturhistorisches Museum Basel : Basel, Switzerland. 255 - 267.

Geiser M, Nagel P (2013) Coleopterology in Laos – an introduction to the nature of the country and its coleopterological exploration, In: Beetle diversity of Laos. Part I., Brancucci M, Nagel P, Kolibac J, Geiser M (Eds). Pro Entomologia Foundation & Naturhistorisches Museum Basel : 11 - 46.

Geiser M (2010) Studies on Prionoceridae (Coleoptera: Cleroidea). II. A revision of the genus Prionocerus Perty, 1831. Zootaxa, 2328 : 1 - 48.

Projects

Fieldwork

Cote d'Ivoire
2016 - 2016.

Guyana
2014 - 2014.

Professional activities

Memberships

Member, Entomological Society of America, 2013 - 2015.

Member, Coleopterists Society, United States, 2013 - on going.

Member, Basel Entomological Society, Basel, Switzerland, 2011 - on going.

Member, 2011 - on going.

Member, Swiss Entomological Society, 2006 - on going.

Member, 2006 - on going.

Member, Vienna Coleopterists Society, Vienna, Austria, 2005 - on going.

Member, 2005 - on going.

Member, 2005 - on going.

Publications

Publications

Mendelson JR, Barclay MVL, Geiser M, Streicher JW (2016) The Taxonomic Status of Bufo intermedius Günther, 1858: Forensic Entomology Confirms What Was Long Suspected from Morphology. Copeia, 104 (3) : 697 - 701. doi: 10.1643/CH-16-422

Geiser M, Hagmann R, Nagel P, Loader SP (2016) A first broad-scale molecular phylogeny of Prionoceridae (Coleoptera: Cleroidea) provides insight into taxonomy, biogeography and life history evolution. Arthropod Systematics and Phylogeny, 74 (1) : 3 - 21.

Wiesner J, Geiser M (2016) Faunistic survey of the Tiger Beetles (Coleoptera, Carabidae, Cicindelinae) of Laos. Entomologica Basiliensia et Collectionis Frey, 35 : 61 - 117.

Walters JM, Barclay MVL, Geiser MF (2016) Xylotoles griseus (Fabricius, 1775) (Cerambycidae; Lamiinae), the New Zealand Fig Longhorn, breeding in Devon, new to Britain and Europe.. The Coleopterist, 25 (1) : 53 - 56.

Barclay MVL, Garner BH, Booth RG, Geiser MF, Taylor CE (2015) The Coleoptera Collections of the Natural History Museum, London. Presented at Entomological Society of America.

Geiser M (2016) An update on the distribution of the pyrophilous beetle Acanthocnemus nigricans (Hope, 1845) (Coleoptera: Cleroidea: Acanthocnemidae), including new records from Laos. Entomologica Basiliensia et Collectionis Frey, 35 : 429 - 432.

Nagel P, Schmidlin L, Geiser M (2016) Names as legacy: Catalogue of taxa described by and for Michel Brancucci (1950-2012). Entomologica Basiliensia et Collectionis Frey, 35 : 11 - 59.

Sekerka L, Geiser M (2016) Sagrinae of Laos (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Entomologica Basiliensia et Collectionis Frey, 35 : 443 - 453.

Geiser M, Fanti F (2015) On the nomenclature of Cantharis nigra (De Geer, 1774) and C. thoracica (A.G. Olivier, 1790) (Cantharidae) as used in Britain and Ireland. The Coleopterist, 24 (3) : 164 - 166.

Germann C, Geiser M, Luka H, Sprecher E, Schatz I (2015) Käfer (Coleoptera) im Gebiet des Furkapasses, Kantone Uri und Wallis. Entomo Helvetica, 8 : 71 - 79.

Herger P, Germann C, Uhlig M, Vogel J, Geiser M, Kirejtshuk A (2015) Käfer aus Lichtfängen am Monte San Giorgio bei Serpiano, Kanton Tessin (Coleoptera). Entomo Helvetica, 8 : 89 - 96.

Plonski IS, Geiser MF (2015) Studies on the genus Intybia Pascoe (Coleoptera: Malachiidae). III. On Intybia rubrithorax (Pic) and related taxa. Zeitschrift der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Österreichischer Entomologen, 66 : 31 - 38.

Ivie M, Geiser M (2014) Scientific Note: The Status of Tylocerus crassicornis (Dalman, 1823), type species of Tylocerus Dalman, 1823 (Coleoptera: Cantharidae: Silinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin, 68 (1) : 111 - 114.

Geiser M (2013) The soldier-beetle subfamily Silinae (Coleoptera: Cantharidae) in Laos: An annotated checklist and new faunistic data, In: Beetle diversity of Laos. Part I., Brancucci M, Nagel P, Kolibac J, Geiser M (Eds). Pro Entomologia Foundation & Naturhistorisches Museum Basel : Basel, Switzerland. 255 - 267.

Geiser M, Nagel P (2013) Coleopterology in Laos – an introduction to the nature of the country and its coleopterological exploration, In: Beetle diversity of Laos. Part I., Brancucci M, Nagel P, Kolibac J, Geiser M (Eds). Pro Entomologia Foundation & Naturhistorisches Museum Basel : 11 - 46.

Sprecher-uebersax E, Geiser M, Hicklin M (2013) Die Käfersammlung Frey – ein Schatz für die Wissenschaft. Mitteilungen der Naturforschenden Gesellschaften beider Basel, 3 - 19.

Huber C, Geiser M (2012) Nebria (Patrobonebria) megalops sp. n. from Yunnan (China) (Coleoptera, Carabidae). Mitteilungen der Schweizerischen Entomologischen Gesellschaft, 85 : 159 - 165.

Yang Y-X, Geiser M, Yang X-K (2012) A little-known beetle family in China, Prionoceridae Lacordaire, 1857 (Coleoptera: Cleroidea). Entomotaxonomia (Yangling), 34 (2) : 378 - 390.

Geiser M (2011) Nomenclatural Note on Opisthapalochrus Evers, 1987 (Coleoptera, Cleroidea, Malachiidae). Japanese Journal of systematic Entomology, 17 (2) : 403 - 404.

Geiser M (2010) Studies on Prionoceridae (Coleoptera: Cleroidea). II. A revision of the genus Prionocerus Perty, 1831. Zootaxa, 2328 : 1 - 48.

Geiser M (2010) Case 3511: Prionocerus bicolor Redtenbacher, 1868 (Insecta, Coleoptera, CLEROIDEA, PRIONOCERIDAE): proposed precedence over P. pertii Laporte de Castelnau, 1836. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 67 (2) : 137 - 139.

Germann C, Geiser M (2010) Coeliastes lamii (Fabricius, 1792) - in der Schweiz ein bisher übersehener Rüsselkäfer? (Coleoptera, Curculionidae). Entomo Helvetica, 3 : 209 - 212.

Brancucci M, Geiser M (2009) A revision of the genus Lamellipalpus Maulik, 1921 (Coleoptera, Lampyridae). Zootaxa, 2080 : 1 - 20.

Geiser M (2009) Studies on Prionoceridae (Coleoptera, Cleroidea). III. Nomenclatural notes and a lectotype designation for Idgia species described by Maurice Pic. Entomologica Basiliensia et Collectionis Frey, 31 : 131 - 134.

Brancucci M, Geiser M (2007) A new species of Lamellipalpus Maulik, 1921 from Vietnam (Coleoptera, Lampyridae). Entomologica Basiliensia et Collectionis Frey, 29 : 41 - 45.

Geiser M (2007) Geiser, M. (2007). Studies on Prionoceridae (Coleoptera, Cleroidea). I. A new species of Prionocerus Perty, 1831 from Sumatra.. Entomologica Basiliensia et Collectionis Frey, 29 : 167 - 170.