Welcome to the Insect Biodiversity Lab at ASU
Members of the Insect Biodiversity Lab at ASU conduct research to understand patterns of biodiversity and aid in the discovery and delimitation of species, particularly within the world’s most diverse group of organisms (ie. the class Insecta). We also seek to promote public awareness of insect diversity and species conservation through our collaboration with the International Institute for Species Exploration.
Many of our research projects are focused on uncovering the evolutionary history of beetle groups (Insecta: Coleoptera) by collecting and analyzing phylogenetically informative data (larval and adult morphology, DNA, and behavior) and applying our results to their classifications though the production of taxonomic revisions. This also allows us to examine how species are recognized based on the application of a species concept, primarily the Phylogenetic Species Concept (PSC). Information about current and former lab members can be found here and details regarding current projects can be accessed here.