What happened since my last blog in March??? I did not get bored, was not lazy, and did not forget. In fact, the opposite happened – many exciting developments. It was easier to Tweet a phrase and update Facebook Entomology groups than to write a ca. 300-word blog. Now that each of my family members is back in academic schedules, I can pause and reflect.
Several more family checklists appeared in the ‘Beetles of Peru’ project: The Journal of Kansas Entomology Society continued its support of the project with three published family sections (Cneoglossidae, Chelonariidae, and Ptinidae). Other family sections have appeared in the Coleopterists Bulletin (Platypodinae, Scolytinae, carabid updates), and the Revista Peruana de Biologia (Monotomidae), and Zootaxa (Brentidae). I hope the spread across several high-quality journals will bring new audiences and investigators to the project and specimen study. It has been wonderful to have 72 (so far) top international beetle experts from 19 countries work on Peruvian beetles.
I am co-editor with Michael Schmitt, University of Greiswald, Germany, on volume 7 of ‘Research on Chrysomelidae.’ We are shuffling those submissions through the review process during summer. RoC7 is a special issue of ZooKeys; this journal’s online platform makes our tasks simple and enjoyable.
Grant-writing is never really on the back-burner and my first half of summer was occupied with a NSF grant. The latter half with family trips was a period of Rest and Relaxation. I am know I am well-rested when I feel the tug of incomplete manuscripts. It is now time to get into the rhythm of specimen study and disciplined daily writing. Two distinct research projects will be presented at the meeting of the Entomological Collections Network, Denver, CO in early November. Yikes – just eight weeks away! I am unsure how I will divide my brain, perhaps with the mornings devoted to one project and the afternoons to the other. But I better just start, and get back to work.
Darby, M. 2017b. Studies of Peruvian Ptiliidae (Coleoptera) 6: new species and records of Acrotrichini. Entomologist’s Monthly Magazine 153(3): 179-203.
Darby, M. 2017a. Taxonomic review of the genera Micridium Motschulsky, 1869 and Micridina Johnson, 1969 (Coleoptera: Ptiliidae) with eleven new species including the first records from South America and Madagascar. Zootaxa 4242 (2): 233–254.
McElrath, T.E. 2017. Beetles (Coleoptera) of Peru: A Survey of the Families. Monotomidae Laporte, 1840. Revista peruana de biología 24(2):187–192. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.15381/rpb.v24i2.13006
Erwin, T.L. 2017. Carabidae of Peru: Additions and corrections (Coleoptera). Coleopterists Bulletin 71(2): 419–420.
Otto, R.L. 2017. Beetles (Coleoptera) of Peru: A Survey of the Families. Eucnemidae Eschscholtz, 1829. Revista Peruana de Biologia 24(1): 11–24.
Smith, S.M, A.V. Petrov, & A.I. Cognato. 2017. Beetles (Coleoptera) of Peru: A Survey of the Families. Curculionidae, Scolytinae. Coleopterists Bulletin 71(1): 77–94.
Kirkendall, L. 2017. Beetles (Coleoptera) of Peru: A Survey of the Families. Curculionidae, Platypodinae Schukard, 1840. Coleopterists Bulletin 71(1): 99–115.
Mantilleri, A., L. Bartolozzi, & A. Sforzi. 2017. Brentidae of Peru (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Zootaxa 4221(1):60–70.
Arango, R.*, & C.S. Chaboo. 2016. Beetles (Coleoptera) of Peru: A Survey of the Families. Ptinidae Latreille, 1802. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 89(3): 249–252.
Shepard, W.D. 2016. Beetles (Coleoptera) of Peru: A Survey of the Families. Chelonariidae Champion, 1845. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 89(3): 254–255.
Shepard, W.D. 2016. Beetles (Coleoptera) of Peru: A Survey of the Families. Cneoglossidae Champion, 1897. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 89(3): 253–253.