Meet Our Lab Members
I am the Coleoptera (beetles) curator at Finnish Museum of Natural History. My interests are beetle systematics, phylogenomics, comparative methods, and development of new ontology-based tools for trait modeling and taxonomy.
I'm a postdoctoral researcher at Finnish Museum of Natural History (LUOMUS) and my research interests include alpha-taxonomy, systematics and biogeography of scarab beetles (especially Scarabaeinae dung beetles), but also ecological interactions between beetles and fungi. Over the years, I gained solid knowledge in insect morphology, taxonomy and entomological collections management.
My current research at LUOMUS aims at investigating engines responsible for the evolutionary radiation and success of Malagasy dung beetles (Madagascar + Mascarene islands), including the main causes of their extinction on Mascarene Archipelago. Additionally, since 2013, I am involved in the taxonomic and systematic study of American Onthophagus.
I am an MSc student at University of Pisa (Italy) currently working on wildfire ecology of ground-dwelling arthropods as thesis project, in parallel I am working at LUOMUS as a technician in beetle specimen preparation and management.
In May-2018, I began to work as volunteer for WWF Trieste (Italy) supported by the Natural History Museum of Trieste to give a contribute to the knowledge of the beetle fauna in a karst locality and provide management guidelines, until Oct-2018. My bachelor’s thesis concerned taxonomy of italian Coleoptera families with a focus on developing interactive key supplemented by digital iconography.
Marcely is visiting LUOMUS during 22 Aug 2019 - 29 Jan 2020. She is a PhD student at Universidade Federal do Para (Brazil). Her project focuses on reconstructing phylogeny of the diverse Neotropical dung beetle tribe Dichotomiini.
Sheila is visiting LUOMUS during 4 Sep 2019 - 29 Feb 2020. She is doing her PhD at Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (UFSM) (Brazil). Her PhD project is entitled “Taxonomy, Biogeography and Phylogeny of Neotropical Dichotomius from carbonarius species group”.