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 My research





Research interests

Evolutionary biology, systematics and ecology of beetles (with particular interest in Scarabaeoidea)

DNA taxonomy


Systematics, biogeography and taxonomy of Sericini

Current projects

"The fondness of colours and complex species taxonomy- a DNA based approach for revealing the genealogical structure in the European rose chafer (Cetonia aurata L.)" (phylogeography) [DFG-AH175/2-1];

Evolution and integrative taxonomy of the Iberian Hymenoplia (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae): DNA-Taxonomy, morphological variation and phylogeography (with I. Ribera [MNCN Madrid]);

Evolution of Scarabaeidae: Phylogeny using morphological and molecular data, tree calibration (with A.P. Vogler [NHM London]);

Molecular phylogeny of Sericini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) (with A.P. Vogler [NHM London])

Diversity, divergence and morphological variation of copulatory organs: insights to the successful radioation of sericini chafers (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) (with I. Ribera [MNCN Madrid] and A.P. Vogler [NHM London]) [DFG-AH175/1-1,1-2];

"DNA-Barcoding" of larvae and morphological larval taxonomy (long term project);

'Morphospace' in chafers (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae): comparative morphometrical studies in a phylogenetic context;

Fauna of Indian Subcontinent (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Sericini) (with S. Fabrizi, München/ NHM London): 1) "Revision of Sericini of the Indian Subcontinent. 1. The species of Sri Lanka"; 2) "Revision of Sericini of the Indian Subcontinent. 2. The species of India";

Biodiversity research on Sericini: diverse parallel running projects on taxonomic revisions of the Faunas of China, Indochina, Madagascar, and South Africa.





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