• To produce an identification
guide to all species of Scarabaeoidea (Coleoptera) found in
the study area and create a specimen-level electronic database of
all specimens examined.
• To authoritatively identify scarab specimens from
southern South America in collections and build comprehensive reference
collections at in-country institutions.
• To investigate the phylogenetics of southern hemispheric
scarab beetles using molecular and morphological characters, to
analyze the biogeography of southern South American and southern
hemispheric scarabs, and to examine endemicity of scarab taxa.