M.J. Paulsen


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M.J Paulsen received his Ph.D. from the Department of
Entomology at the University of Nebraska. For his dissertation,
he revised a genus of South American stag beetles (Pycnosiphorus),
and addressed the higher-level classification of the Lucanidae.
Current research deals with the systematics of the families
Lucanidae, Ochodaeidae, Glaresidae, and of the aphodiine scarabs.

 

 




ADDRESS

Dr. M.J. Paulsen
Collection Manager of Entomology
University of Nebraska State Museum
W436 Nebraska Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0546


Phone: (402) 472-2664
EMAIL: mjpaulsen [at] unl.edu


EDUCATION
Ph.D. in Entomology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE. Degree received: August 2006 (Graduate Advisors: Dr. Brett Ratcliffe and Dr. Mary Liz Jameson).

M.S. in Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE. Degree received: May 2002 (Graduate Advisor: Dr. Diana Pilson).

B.S. in Biology (with highest distinction), Department of Biology, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE. Degree received: May 1995.


PRINCIPAL AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST

Systematics, phylogenetics, and ecology of Lucanidae, Ochodaeidae, and other scarabaeoids (Aphodiinae, Cetoniinae, Glaresidae, etc.), and the diversity and distribution of Nebraskan Scarabaeoidea. Broader interests include the evolution of flightlessness, island endemicity, and the fauna of desert regions.


PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

Entomological Society of America, 1999-Present.

Coleopterists Society, 2000-Present.

Ecological Society of America, 1999-2002.

Center for Systematic Entomology, 2006- Present. (Editiorial Board Member).

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2013-present. Assistant Professor of Entomology, Department of Entomology, University of Nebraska.

2008-present. Collection Manager of Entomology, University of Nebraska State Museum.

2007. Beetle Technician IV, Florida State Collection of Arthropods.

2006-2007. Research Associate, University of Nebraska State Museum.

2002-present. Identification of Nearctic and Neotropical Scarabaeoidea for various institutions, contract and service work.

2002-2006. Curatorial/Research Assistant, Division of Entomology, University of Nebraska State Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska.

2000. Curatorial/Collection Project Researcher, Cedar Point Biological Station, University of Nebraska, Ogallala, Nebraska.

1998-2002. Field Research Assistant, School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1995-1996. Research Asssistant, School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1994. Research Assistant, Nebraska Behavioral Biology Group, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska.


REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

PAULSEN, M.J. 2016. Two new species of South American Glaresidae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea). Zootaxa 4154(5): 595-600.

Smith, A. B. T. and M. J. PAULSEN. 2015. Ten New Species of Phyllophaga Harris (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae) from Cuba. Coleopterists Bulletin 69 (3): 435–452.

PAULSEN, M.J. 2015. A new species of Platyceroides Benesh (Coleoptera: Lucanidae) from Oregon. Insecta Mundi 0430: 1–5.

PAULSEN, M.J., D.C. Hawks. 2014. A review of the primary types of the Hawaiian stag beetle genus Apterocyclus Waterhouse (Coleoptera, Lucanidae, Lucaninae), with the description of a new species. ZooKeys 433: 77–88. doi:10.3897/zookeys.433.8022

PAULSEN, M.J. 2014. Correction of the misidentifications and confusion surrounding Ochodaeus grandiceps Fairmaire, 1897 (Coleoptera: Ochodaeidae), and the description of a new species of ochodaeid from Cuba. Insecta Mundi 0369: 1-6.

PAULSEN, M.J. 2014. A new species of stag beetle (Coleoptera: Lucanidae) from California. Insecta Mundi 0358: 1-3.

PAULSEN, M.J. 2013. A new genus for the Neotropical species of Aesalus Fabricius, with descriptions of eight new species (Coleoptera: Lucanidae: Aesalinae). Insecta Mundi 0325: 1-25. Download

PAULSEN, M.J., and F.C. Ocampo. 2012. The Ochodaeidae of Argentina (Coleoptera, Scarabaeoidea). ZooKeys 174: 7-30. Download

PAULSEN, M.J. 2011. A second species of Lucanobium Howden and Lawrence from South America (Coleoptera: Lucanidae: Aesalini) Insecta Mundi 0171: 1-5.

PAULSEN, M.J. 2011. A new species of Parochodaeus Nikolajev from the southwestern United States (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea: Ochodaeidae) Insecta Mundi 0184: 1-6. Download

PAULSEN, M.J. 2010. The Stag Beetles of Southern South America (Coleoptera: Lucanidae). Bulletin of the University of Nebraska State Museum 24: 1-148. Available here.

PAULSEN, M.J., and A.B.T. Smith. 2010. Revision of the genus Chiasognathus Stephens of southern South America with the description of a new species (Coleoptera, Lucanidae, Lucaninae, Chiasognathini). ZooKeys 43:33-63. Download

PAULSEN, M.J. 2010 Stag beetles of the genus Dorcus MacLeay in North America (Coleoptera, Lucanidae). In: Ratcliffe B, Krell F-T (Eds) Current advances in Scarabaeoidea research. ZooKeys 34: 199–207. Download

Grossi, P.C., and M.J. PAULSEN. 2009. Generic limits in South American stag beetles: taxa currently misplaced in Sclerostomus Burmeister (Coleoptera: Lucanidae: Lucaninae: Sclerostomini). Zootaxa 2139: 23-42

M.J. PAULSEN, M.S. Caterino. 2009. The Platycerus (Coleoptera, Lucanidae) of California, with the recognition of Platycerus cribripennis Van Dyke as a valid species. Zookeys 8: 89-94 Download

M.J. PAULSEN and D. C. Hawks. 2008. Platyceroidini, a new tribe of North American stag beetles (Coleoptera: Lucanidae: Lucaninae). Insecta Mundi 0058: 1-2.

Mondaca E., J., and M.J. PAULSEN. 2008. Revision of the genus Apterodorcus Arrow (Coleoptera: Lucanidae: Lucaninae) of southern South America. Zootaxa 1922: 21-32.

Ratcliffe, B.C., and M.J. PAULSEN. 2008. The scarabaeoid beetles of Nebraska. Bulletin of the University of Nebraska State Museum 22: 1-570.

Ocampo, F.C., and M.J. PAULSEN. 2008. Lucanidae. pp. 501-504, In: CLAPS, L.E., G. DEBANDI, and S. ROIG-JUÑENT (Eds.). Biodiversidad de Artrópodos Argentinos, vol. 2. Editorial Sociedad Entomológica Argentina, Mendoza. 615 pp.

PAULSEN, M.J. 2007. Nomenclatural changes in the Nearctic Ochodaeinae and description of two new genera (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea: Ochodaeidae). Insecta Mundi 0021: 1-13.

PAULSEN, M.J. 2006. A new species and new records of Aphodius Illiger (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae) from mammal burrows in Nebraska. Insecta Mundi 20(1/2): 95-100.

PAULSEN, M.J. 2006. A new species of Aphodius Illiger (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae:
Aphodiinae) from the central United States. Zootaxa 1185: 61-68.

PAULSEN, M.J. and J. Mondaca E. 2006. Revision of the South American Ceratognathini (Coleoptera: Lucanidae: Aesalinae) with the description of a new genus and a new species. Zootaxa 1191: 1-19.

PAULSEN, M.J. 2005. A revision of the southern South American stag beetles of the genus Sclerostomus Burmeister (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea: Lucanidae). Zootaxa. 1060: 1-26.

PAULSEN, M.J. and A.D. Smith. 2005. A new species of stag beetle from sand dunes in west Texas, and a synopsis of the genus Nicagus (Coleoptera: Lucanidae: Aesalinae: Nicagini). Zootaxa. 1050: 45-60.

Mondaca, J. G., and M.J. PAULSEN. 2004. Ceratognathus argentinensis Martínez, nueva registro de Aesalinae (Coleoptera: Lucanidae) para Chile. Revista Chilena Entomologia. 30(2): 21-26.

PAULSEN, M.J. and A.B.T. Smith. 2003. Replacement names for the genera Batesiana Erwin (Coleoptera: Carabidae) and Metabolus Fairmaire (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae). Coleopterists Bulletin. 57(3): 254.

Snow, A.A., D. Pilson, L.H. Rieseberg, M.J. PAULSEN, N. Pleskac, M.R. Reagon, and D.E. Wolfe. 2003. A Bt transgene reduces herbivory and enhances fecundity in weedy sunflowers. Ecological Applications Vol. 13(2): pp. 279–286.

PAULSEN, M.J. 2002. Notes on possible myrmecophily in Stephanucha pilipennis Kraatz (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae). Coleopterists Bulletin. 56(3): 451-452.


ELECTRONIC PUBLICATIONS

Paulsen, M. J. 2010. Annotated Checklist of the New World Lucanidae, version 3.0.

Shiraiwa, K. and Paulsen, M. J. 2003. An Illustrated checklist of South American Lucanids: Pycnosiphorus.

Paulsen, M. J. 2001. Scarabs of Cedar Point Biological Station.

Paulsen, M. J. 2000. Insects of wild sunflower, Helianthus annuus.


PRESENTATIONS

The Hawaiian stag beetle genus Apterocyclus Waterhouse (Coleoptera, Lucanidae) Entomological Society of America, Portland, OR. November, 2014.

Fighting for a meaningful classification of Lucanidae. Entomological Society of America, Reno, NV. November 13, 2011.

Fighting for a meaningful classification of Lucanidae. Michigan State University, February, 2010. Invited speaker.

New World Lucanidae. RELAS International Meeting, Xalapa, Mexico, October, 2009.

Stag Beetle Systematics. Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen, Germany. May 2009. Invited speaker.

Nebraska Scarabaeoids. Entomological Society of America, Reno, NV. November 16, 2008.

Phylogeny and systematics of the Southern South American genus Pycnosiphorus (Lucanidae). Entomological Society of America, Indianapolis, IN. December 10, 2006.

Revision of the South American stag beetle genus Pycnosiphorus (Coleoptera: Lucanidae), Ph.D. defense. Department of Entomology, August 1, 2006.

Inquiline beetles of rodent burrows in Nebraska. Department of Entomology, November 28, 2005.

Euphoria redefined? A preliminary phylogeny of the Euphoriina (Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae). Poster presentation. Entomological Society of America, Salt Lake City, UT. November 15, 2004.

Lucanid classification: history, problems, and prospects. Entomological Society of America, Cincinnati, OH. October 26, 2003.

Easier said than done: demonstrating non-target effects of the Bt transgene. Department of Entomology, November 22, 2002

Infrequent interspecific interactions in an herbivorous insect guild: the "resurrection" of competition re-examined. Poster presentation. Entomological Society of America, Fort Lauderdale, FL. November 18, 2002.

Interspecific competition and herbivorous insects: The importance of competition in the seed-feeding guild of wild sunflower. Ecological Society of America National Meeting, Tucson, August 5, 2002.

The importance of interspecific competition in the seed-feeding insect guild of wild sunflower. School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, April 17, 2002.

Interspecific competition in sunflower herbivores II. School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska, November 2000.

Interspecific competition in sunflower herbivores I. School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, May 1999.

Nebraska beetles. Invited presentation, Elmwood Public Schools, 2nd and 4th grades, September 1999 and 2000.

Filtered light affects female mate choice in the three-spine stickleback, Gasterosteus aculateus. Nebraska Academy of Sciences, April 1995.


FIELD RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL TRAVEL

2016. Dominican Republic, Field collecting, July.
2016. Chile. Field collecting, February.
2015. Taiwan. Field collecting, September.

2015. Oregon. Field collecting, June.
2015. UC-Riverside. Molecular and collections research, February.
2014. Portland, OR. ESA National Meeting, 16-19 Nov.

2014. Germany/Italy. Molecular and collections research, September.
2014. UC-Riverside. Molecular and collections research, February.
2013. UC-Riverside and CASC San Francisco; molecular and collections research, February.
2012. AMNH, New York, Oct. 31-2 Nov. [cancelled courtesy of Hurricane Sandy]
2012. Arizona (collecting, 3 weeks). July/August.
2012. Honshu and Hokkaido, Japan (collecting, 3 weeks). June/July
2012. UC-Riverside, molecular and collections research, May.
2011. Nevada, Oregon (collecting, 2 weeks). November.
2011. Reno, NV. ESA National Meeting, 13-16 Nov.
2011. British Museum, London (collections study travel award, 3 weeks), August-September.
2011. Kyushu and Okinawa, Japan (collecting, 3 weeks). May.
2010. San Diego, CA. ESA/ECN National Meetings, and collecting. 6-21 Dec.

2010. TX, NM, and AZ, (collecting, 3 weeks). August.
2010. Nevada and southern California (collecting, 3 weeks). May.
2010. Michigan State University (seminar). February.
2009. Xalapa and Veracruz, Mexico (meetings, collecting, 2 weeks), October.
2009. Paris, France; Berlin, Munich, and Dresden, Germany (collections research, 3 weeks), May-June.
2008. San Francisco, CASC collections research, late Nov.
2008. Reno, NV. ESA/ECN National Meetings, 14-19 Nov.
2008. Washington, D.C. USNM collections research, 23-30 August.
2008. Canada, Ottawa. CMNC and CNC Collections research, 20-26 July.
2008. Southern California and Sierra Nevadas (collecting, 3 weeks), May-June.
2008. Chicago, Field Museum of Natural History, 7-11 May.
2007. San Diego, CA. ESA/ECN National Meetings, 9-12 Dec.
2007. Northern California (collecting), April-May.
2006. Indianapolis, IN. ESA/ECN National Meetings, 8-13 Dec.
2006. Texas, New Mexico, Arizona (collecting, 2 weeks), August.
2006. Chile (collecting, 3 weeks), January.
2005. Texas (collecting, 1 week), June.
2005. Florida State Collection of Arthropods, Gainesville, FL. 2 weeks, Nov.
2005. European collections, London, Paris, Amsterdam, March.
2004. Chile (collecting, 3 weeks), Nov.-Dec.
2004. Salt Lake City, UT. ESA/ECN National Meetings, 12-17 Nov.
2004. University of California, Riverside, Heraty Lab, Oct.
2004. University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, PEET Meeting
2004. University of California, Riverside, Heraty Lab, May.
2004. Chile (collecting, 3 weeks), Feb.
2003. Cincinnati, OH. ESA/ECN National Meetings, 24-30 Oct.
2003. Chile and Argentina (museum research, collecting), Nov.
2003. Great Smoky Mountains NP, (collecting for DLIA/NPS), Jul.
2003. University of California- Riverside, Heraty Lab, June.
2003. Kleberg/King Counties, Texas (collecting/research, May).
2002. Fort Lauderdale, FL. ECN/ESA National Meetings. 15-20 Nov.
2002. Honduras, El Salvador, & Nicaragua (field and collections research), Jun.
2002. Ogallala, Nebraska (field research, 6 weeks).
1998-2001. Ogallala, Nebraska (field research, 4-5 months each year).


GRANTS

2016.
Putney-Hagan Fund, Dominican Republic research travel support, University of Nebraska State Museum

2015. Putney-Hagan Fund, Taiwan research travel support, University of Nebraska State Museum

2015. Putney-Hagan Fund, ESA National meeting travel support, University of Nebraska State Museum

2014. Putney-Hagan Fund, Italy/Germany research travel support, University of Nebraska State Museum

2013. Putney-Hagan Fund, UC-Riverside/CASC research travel support, University of Nebraska State Museum

2012. Putney-Hagan Fund, Japan research travel support, University of Nebraska State Museum

2012. Putney-Hagan Fund, UC-Riverside/CASC research travel support, University of Nebraska State Museum

2011. Natural History Museum, London. Invited travel grant, 3 weeks collections research.

2010. Putney-Hagan Fund, ESA National meeting travel support, University of Nebraska State Museum.

2008. Putney-Hagan Fund, ESA National meeting travel support, University of Nebraska State Museum.

2005. Initiative for Ecological and Evolutionary Analysis and School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska, ESA National meeting travel support.

2004. (with B.C. Ratcliffe). Scarab Beetles of Nebraska, 2nd edition. Nebraska Game and Parks Nebraska Wildlife Grants program.

2004. A survey of scarab beetles from rodent burrows in western Nebraska. UNL Center for Great Plains Studies.2004. A fine-scale biogeographical analysis of central Chile using endemic stag beetles (Lucanidae). University of Nebraska I.E.E.A.

2004. Initiative for Ecological and Evolutionary Analysis and School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska, ESA National meeting travel support.

2003. Swenk Fund, ESA National meeting travel support, University of Nebraska, Department of Entomology.

2003. Phylogeny and evolution of inquiline behavior in the New World flower beetles (Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae: Euphoriina), University of Nebraska I.E.E.A.

2002. Initiative for Ecological and Evolutionary Analysis and School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska, ESA National meeting travel support.

2000. Curation, collection, and identification of beetles, Cedar Point Biological Station, University of Nebraska.

2000. Importance of interspecific competition in the sunflower seed-feeding insect guild. Initiative for Ecological and Evolutionary Analysis Research Grant, University of Nebraska.

2000. Myrmecophily in Stephanucha pilipennis Kraatz, University of Nebraska, School of Biological Sciences.

1999. Interspecific competition in the herbivorous insects of wild sunflower, School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska.


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