Science Enabled by Specimen Data

Busch, A. K., Wham, B. E., & Tooker, J. F. (2021). Life History, Biology, and Distribution of Pterostichus melanarius (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in North America. Environmental Entomology. doi:10.1093/ee/nvab090 https://doi.org/10.1093/ee/nvab090

Pterostichus melanarius (Illiger, 1798) is a Palearctic generalist predator native to Europe. It was unintentionally introduced to North America at least twice in the mid 1920s and has since become widespread in Canada and the United States. Although P. melanarius is a valuable natural enemy in many…

Fletcher, T. L., Csank, A. Z., & Ballantyne, A. P. (2019). Identifying bias in cold season temperature reconstructions by beetle mutual climatic range methods in the Pliocene Canadian High Arctic. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 514, 672–676. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2018.11.025 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2018.11.025

Well-preserved beetle elytra from the fossil and subfossil record are used by palaeoclimatologists to estimate past temperatures. Beetle-derived estimates of temperature across the Pliocene Arctic are consistently lower than those derived from other palaeoclimate proxies. Here we test if that patter…

Hoekman, D., LeVan, K. E., Gibson, C., Ball, G. E., Browne, R. A., Davidson, R. L., … Work, T. (2017). Design for ground beetle abundance and diversity sampling within the National Ecological Observatory Network. Ecosphere, 8(4). doi:10.1002/ecs2.1744 https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.1744

The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) will monitor ground beetle populations across a network of broadly distributed sites because beetles are prevalent in food webs, are sensitive to abiotic factors, and have an established role as indicator species of habitat and climatic shifts. We d…