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2014 2013
  • July 2013. Nathan Lord successfully defended his doctoral dissertation. In August 2013, Nate will begin his postdoctoral research at BYU, Provo, UT.

  • March 2013. Grey Gustafson, Stephan Baca, and Rafael Braga attended the annual meeting of the Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) in Las Cruces, NM. Grey won the second place award for his talk, and Stephen won for best poster. Congratulations!

  • February 2013. Nathan Lord travelled to New Zealand and Australia to collaborate with colleagues on several Coleoptera projects
2012
  • November 2012. Kelly Miller, Nicholas Homziak, Stephan Baca, Heidi Hopkins, Karen Wright, and Nathan Lord attended the annual meetings of the Entomological Collections Network (ECN) and Entomological Society of America (ESA) in Knoxville, TN. Stephen received best poster honors!

  • November 2012. Gino Nearns successfully defended his doctoral dissertation. In January 2013, Gino will begin his postdoctoral research at the Systematic Entomology Lab, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.

  • October 2012. Nathan Lord visited the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) to work with Dr. David Grimaldi on fossil Coleoptera.

  • September 2012. Rafael Braga, Ph.D. student from the Laboratório de Entomologia, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, arrived to begin an 8-month visit to collaborate on several research projects related to systematics of Dytiscidae.

  • August 2012. Gino Nearns travelled to Daegu, South Korea to participate in the XXIV International Congress of Entomology (ICE2012).

  • August 2012. Nathan Lord travelled to SE Arizona to participate in a Weevil Course sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History and Arizona State University. The course was taught by Nico Franz (Arizona State University), Charles O'Brien (Green Valley, AZ), Robert Anderson (Canadian Museum of Nature), Anthony Cognato (Michigan State University), and Greg Setliff (Kutztown University) and was held at the Southwestern Research Station from 1-8 August.

  • July 2012. Sandra Brantley, Rachael Mallis, and Matthew Leister attended the Annual Meeting of the American Arachnological Society in Green Bay Wisconsin from 20-25 July 2012. All three gave well received presentations. Sandy's was on the growing effort to document arthropod diversity in the Four Corners and collaborative efforts between museums, as well as a look at a 20-year dataset of linyphiid spiders in the Bandelier National Forest. Rachael and Matt presented on the Nicaraguan spiders Tengella perfuga and Tengella radiata; Matt giving the description of the first male known of T. perfuga and Rachael sharing natural history observations from the field and the lab.

  • July 2012. Nathan Lord was awarded a $3,000 mini-ARTS grant from the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB) to investigate the Diversification and Biogeography of Southern Hemisphere Zopheridae (Coleoptera: Tenebrionoidea). Congratulations Nate!

  • June 2012. Gino Nearns was selected as a semi-finalist for the two open Smithsonian Institution Research Entomologist positions.

  • June 2012. Nathan Lord travelled to Costa Rica to participate in a Specialty Graduate Course sponsored by the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS). The course, titled "Diversity and Systematics of Coleoptera (Beetles)," and was held at La Selva Biological Station from June 6-19.

  • May 2012. Kelly Miller and Gino Nearns received a grant from USDA/APHIS ($77,825). This grant will fund Gino's postdoctoral research at the U.S. National Museum, Smithsonian Institution, to develop phase two of "Longicorn ID: Tool for Diagnosing Cerambycoid Beetles" beginning in January 2013.

  • May 2012. Kelly Miller taught a Field Entomology class, which went to Nicaragua from 16-31 May 2012. The class was composed of Rachael Mallis (TA), as well as six undergraduate students, including Stephen Baca, Antonio Gomez, Nicholas Homziak and Matthew Leister. They visited Refugio Bartola and Selva Negra. This trip was one of the most successful collecting trips of the field classes and several exciting specimens were discovered, including several beetles, moths and the first male known of the spider Tengella perfuga , as well as new locality records for several species.

  • May 2012. Nathan Lord visited the insect collection at Montana State University, Bozeman, MT to conduct dissertation research.

  • April 2012. Nathan Lord was awarded a Sigma Xi GIAR (Grants-in-Aid of Research) travel grant as well as UNM's OGS Graduate Research Supplement Grant. Congratulations Nate!

  • April 2012. Karen Wetherill passed her qualifying exams and is now a PhD candidate.

  • April 2012. Karen Wetherill and Nathan Lord were awarded scholarships from the Department of Biology. Karen won the Harry Wayne Springfield Scholarship; Nathan was awarded the Alvin R. and Caroline G. Grove Doctoral Scholarship, and the Lynn A. Hertel Graduate Research Award. Congratulations Karen and Nate!

  • April 2012. Nathan Lord received the Entomological Society of America (ESA) Systematics, Evolution, and Biodiversity (SysEB) travel award. Congratulations Nate!

  • March 2012. Five Miller Lab students participated in UNM's Department of Biology 2012 21st Annual Research Day. Congratulations to Antonio Gomez for winning second place in the oral presentation competition.

  • March 2012. Gino Nearns was awarded an "Entomological Society of America (ESA) Student and Young Professionals Committee Travel Award" for travel to the International Congress of Entomology (ICE 2012), Daegu, Korea, in August, where he is invited to speak at a symposium on the systematics of Cerambycidae and Buprestidae.

  • March 2012. Heidi Hopkins passed her qualifying exams and is now a PhD candidate.

  • March 2012. Kelly Miller, Nathan Lord, Heidi Hopkins, Karen Wetherill, and Grey Gustafson travelled to Panama for a collecting expedition as part of a collaborative course with students and personnel from the UNM mammal division.

  • March 2012. Gino Nearns travelled to Ft. Collins, CO to meet with collaborators at USDA/APHIS.

  • January 2012. Nathan Lord and Gino Nearns visited the US National Museum (Smithsonian Institution) in Washington, D.C. to conduct dissertation research.
2011
  • November 2011. Kelly Miller, Gavin Svenson, Nate Hardy, Nicholas Homziak, Antonio Gomez, Heidi Hopkins, Karen Wetherill, Grey Gustafson, Nathan Lord, and Gino Nearns travelled to Reno, NV for the annual meetings of the Entomological Collections Network (ECN) and Entomological Society of America (ESA). Heidi was awarded second place in the president's prize in the graduate student talk competition, and Antonio was awarded first place in the president's prize in the undergraduate student poster presentation. Well done and congratulations Heidi and Antonio!!

  • October 2011. Gino Nearns travelled to Peru for a collecting expedition and visited the Museo de Historia Natural, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos.

  • August 2011. Nathan Lord and Gino Nearns visited the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Paris), Natural History Museum (London), Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belge (Brussels), and the Royal Museum for Central Africa (Tervuren) to conduct dissertation research.

  • July 2011. Kelly Miller and Nicholas Homziak travelled to Kazakhstan for a collecting expedition.

  • July 2011. Gino Nearns travelled to Costa Rica to conduct dissertation research.

  • June 2011. Nathan Lord and Gino Nearns visited the Museu Nacional Rio de Janeiro and the Museu de Zoologia Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil to conduct dissertation research.

  • May 2011. Kelly Miller and Heidi Hopkins taught a field entomology course in Cusco and Tambopata, Peru.

  • May 2011. Nathan Lord and Gino Nearns visited the US National Museum (Smithsonian Institution) in Washington, D.C. to conduct dissertation research.

  • April 2011. Several Miller Lab students participated in the Department of Biology's 20th Annual Research Day: Heidi Hopkins, Nick Homziak, Antonio Gomez, Amber Schwettmann, and Shelley MacNeil presented posters. Congratulations to Antonio for winning 3rd place in the poster judging!

  • April 2011. Nate Hardy joined the Miller Lab as a postdoctoral researcher and Rachael Mallis joined the Miller Lab as a PhD student.

  • March 2011. Nathan Lord travelled to New Zealand to collaborate with colleagues on several Coleoptera projects.

  • March 2011. Kelly Miller and Gavin Svenson travelled to Australia for a collecting expedition.

  • March 2011. Gino Nearns travelled to Ft. Collins, CO to meet with collaborators at USDA/APHIS.

  • March 2011. Gavin Svenson joined the Miller Lab as a postdoctoral researcher.

  • February 2011. Nathan Lord passed his qualifying exams and is now a PhD candidate.

  • January 2011. Kelly Miller travelled to Venezuela for a collecting expedition.

  • January 2011. Gino Nearns travelled to Lima, Peru to visit the Museo de Historia Natural, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos.
2010
  • December 2010. Kelly Miller, Heidi Hopkins, Karen Wetherill, Grey Gustafson, Nathan Lord, and Gino Nearns travelled to San Diego for the annual meetings of the Entomological Collections Network (ECN) and Entomological Society of America (ESA). Heidi was runner-up for the President's Award for Best Poster. Congratulations to Heidi!

  • November 2010. Kelly Miller, Nathan Lord, and Gino Nearns received a grant from USDA-CPHST to develop Lucid key identification resources for the longhorned beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) ($88,000).

  • November 2010. Kelly Miller and Jessica Smith travelled to Nicaragua for a collecting expedition.

  • September/October 2010. Nathan Lord and Gino Nearns visited the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Paris) and the Natural History Museum (London) to conduct dissertation research.

  • August 2010. Grey Gustafson joined our lab. Grey recently completed his B.S. degree in biology with an emphasis in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Kansas.

  • August 2010. Gino Nearns visited the Museu Nacional Rio de Janeiro and the Museu de Zoologia Universidade de São Paulo to conduct dissertation research.

  • July 2010. Nathan Lord and Gino Nearns visited the US National Museum (Smithsonian Institution) in Washington, D.C. to conduct dissertation research.

  • June 2010. Kelly Miller, Nathan Lord, and Gino Nearns taught a field entomology course in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.

  • May 2010. Billy Edelman was awarded the prestigious Outstanding Graduating Senior Award from the Biology Department. Congratulations Billy!

  • May 2010. Heidi Hopkins was awarded the prestigious American Museum Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grant ($1500). Way to go, Heidi!

  • March 2010. Nathan Lord and Gino Nearns visited the US National Museum (Smithsonian Institution) in Washington, D.C. to conduct dissertation research.

  • March 2010. April Tafoya was awarded a travel grant to present her research at the International Conference on Subterranean Biology in Slovenia! The ICSB conference will be held in August of this year.

  • March 2010. Heidi Hopkins received an Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia travel grant. Congratulations Heidi!

  • March 2010. Congratulations to Elizabeth Montano on her acceptance into the graduate program here in Biology at UNM! She will be supported and funded through IMSD, and will be working with Dr. Werner-Washburne and Dr. Northup. Well done, Elizabeth!!

  • February 2010. April Tafoya accepted an offer for graduate school in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences with Laura Crossey starting this fall. In addition, April will be fully funded through a prestigious NSF LSAMP Fellowship. Congratulations April!

  • February 2010. Heidi Hopkins received a Smithsonian Travel (Short Term Visitor) award ($1550). This award will allow her to spend much needed time at the USNM working with their roaches. Way to go, Heidi!

  • January 2010. Nathan Lord travelled to New Zealand and Australia to collaborate with colleagues on several Coleoptera projects.
2009
  • December 2009. Gino Nearns was awarded the 2008 J.G. Edwards Prize by The Coleopterists Society. The Edwards Prize is awarded annually for the best published Coleoptera paper based upon a Master's thesis.

  • November 2009. Kelly Miller, Nathan Lord, and Gino Nearns received a grant from USDA-CPHST to develop a Lucid key identification resource for the Ironclad and Cylindrical Bark Beetles of North America and the World Genera of Onciderini (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) ($85,000).

  • November 2009. Kelly Miller, Gino Nearns, Nathan Lord, and Billy Edelman travelled to Bolivia for a collecting expedition.

  • October 2009. April Tafoya was awarded the Harry & Mabel Leonard Research Fellowship, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico ($2,000). Congratulations April!

  • October 2009. April Tafoya attended the New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation (NMAMP) student conference at New Mexico State University. April presented her research and won first place in the student competition. Congratulations April!

  • August 2009. Gino Nearns passed his qualifying exams and is now a PhD candidate.

  • August 2009. Nicole Telles conducted NSF funded research on pollination biology from June-August at Oregon State University.

  • August 2009. Nathan Lord and Gino Nearns collected cerambycids in the Chiricahua mountains, Coronado National Forest, AZ.

  • August 2009. Gino Nearns and Mike Medrano travelled to Ketchikan, Alaska and Prince Rupert, British Columbia for a collecting expedition.

  • July 2009. April Tafoya was recently awarded the Harry and Mabel Leonard Scholarship, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico ($550) as well as the AMP Undergraduate Research Scholarship ($3500). Congratulations April!

  • June 2009. Traci Grzymala successfully defended her MS thesis: Revision and phylogenetic analysis of Elytroleptus (Cerambycidae: Cerambycinae: Trachyderini). Congratulations Traci!

  • June 2009. Kelly Miller, Gino Nearns and Nathan Lord travelled to Panama for a collecting expedition and visit to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) insect collection.

  • May 2009. Gino Nearns visited the INBio collection in Costa Rica.

  • May 2009. Lauren Cleavall successfully defended her MS thesis: The mating behavior in two species of diving beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). Congratulations Lauren!

  • April 2009. April Tafoya was awarded the Pfeffer Scholarship (tuition award) from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico.

  • April 2009. Billy Edelman was awarded the Hughes Scholarship ($1,000) and Traci Grzymala was awarded the Grove Research Scholarship ($1,000) from the Department of Biology, University of New Mexico.

  • April 2009. Several Miller Lab students participated in the Department of Biology's 18th Annual Research Day: Nicole Telles (poster), Billy Edelman (poster), April Tafoya (poster), Lauren Cleavall (poster), and Traci Grzymala (presentation). In addition, several members served as poster judges: Kelly Miller, Nathan Lord, Traci Grzymala, and Gino Nearns.

  • March 2009. Kelly Miller travelled to Cameroon (West Africa) for a collecting expedition.

  • February 2009. Nicole Telles presented a poster titled "A molecular investigation of the phylogeny of diving beetles, especially of Haideoporus texanus and Ereboporus naturaconservatus (Coleoptera: Dystiscidae: Hydroporinae)" in the Darwin Day symposium at UNM and received best poster runner-up honors.

  • February 2009. Gino Nearns and Traci Grzymala attended the Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) annual meeting in Stillwater, OK. Both presentations won awards!

  • January 2009. Gino Nearns, Traci Grzymala and Ian Swift travelled to Chile for a collecting expedition.

  • January 2009. Kelly Miller travelled to Venezuela for a collecting expedition.
2008
  • December 2008. Kelly Miller was awarded the prestigious NSF CAREER grant to develop his research, teaching and curatorial program in the MSB and Department of Biology. This grant is awarded for five years and brings roughly $100 K per year to support the awardee's activities.

  • December 2008. Nathan Lord was awarded the 2007 Kirby Hays Award. This award recognizes the most outstanding M.S. student in the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America (ESA).

  • November 2008. Gino Nearns, Traci Grzymala, Alicia Hodson, Billy Edelman, and Sandra Brantley attended the Entomological Society of America (ESA) annual meetings in Reno, NV.

  • November 2008. Kelly Miller, Nathan Lord, and Nicole Telles travelled to Madagascar for a collecting expedition.

  • October 2008. Billy Edelman and Niki Telles presented research posters at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) meeting in Salt Lake City, UT. Congratulations to Billy for winning the best poster award for his area of research!

  • October 2008. Nathan Lord visited Dr. Adam Slipinski at CSIRO in Canberra, Australia, for research on Bothrideridae.

  • September 2008. Kelly Miller gave a talk at the Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University.

  • September 2008. A new species of diving beetle, Agaporomorphus colberti Miller and Wheeler (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae), was described from specimens from Venezuela. The new species was named to honor comedian and author, Stephen T. Colbert of the Colbert Report. PDF

  • September 2008. Ian Swift (Placerita Canyon Nature Center, New Hall, CA) will visit our lab to collaborate on several research projects.

  • August 2008. Traci Grzymala, Nathan Lord, and Gino Nearns collected cerambycids in the Chiricahua mountains, Coronado National Forest, AZ.

  • August 2008. Nathan Lord joined our lab. Nathan recently completed his MS at the Department of Entomology, University of Georgia (McHugh Lab).

  • July 2008. Traci Grzymala attended the North American Workshop in Cladistics Methods, sponsored by The Ohio State University & The Willi Hennig Society, Columbus, OH.
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  • July 2008. Mike Medrano, Alicia Hodson, Emily Hodson, Traci Grzymala, Ian Swift (Placerita Canyon Nature Center, New Hall, CA), and Annie Ray (University of Illinois) travelled to Mexico for a two week collecting expedition.

  • July 2008. Gino Nearns visited the US National Museum / Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC) to collaborate with Dr. Steven Lingafelter on cerambycid type specimen photography.

  • May-June 2008. Gino Nearns and Ian Swift (Placerita Canyon Nature Center, New Hall, CA) travelled to Costa Rica for a two week collecting expedition and visit to the INBio collection.

  • May 2008. Kelly Miller and Alicia Hodson attended the annual Collaborators' Conference on the Biology of Embioptera in Motte Rimrock Reserve, Perris, CA.

  • April 2008. Adriano Giorgi (University of Georgia, McHugh Lab) visited our lab to collaborate on several research projects.

  • April 2008. Three Miller Lab students presented posters at UNM's Department of Biology 2008 17th Annual Research Day, student poster competition.

    • Gino Nearns & Kelly Miller: "A preliminary morphological study of Oncideres cingulata (Say) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae: Onciderini)."
    • Traci Grzymala & Kelly Miller: "Preliminary Morphological Findings for Revision of the Longhorn Beetle Genus Elytroleptus Dugés (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Cerambycinae)."
    • Alicia Hodson & Kelly Miller: "A Tale of Two Species: Parthenogenetic and Sexual Species of the Genus Haploembia Found in California."

  • March 2008. Kelly Miller presented an invited talk at the University of Georgia titled "Females who play hard-to-get are for suckers: Mating systems in diving beetles."

  • March 2008. Nathan Lord (University of Georgia, McHugh Lab) visited in preparation for joining our lab in July 2008.

  • February 2008. Sandra Brantley gave a seminar titled: "Arthropods as ecological indicators: diversity, habitat, climate"

  • January 2008. Geoffrey Morse (Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ) visited our lab.

  • January 2008. Ian Swift (Placerita Canyon Nature Center, New Hall, CA) visited our lab to collaborate on several research projects.
2007
  • December 2007. Roy Larimer of Visionary Digital visited our lab to setup a new BK Plus imaging system.

  • December 2007. Kelly Miller, Sandra Brantley, and Gino Nearns attended the Entomological Collections Network (ECN) & Entomological Society of America (ESA) annual meetings in San Diego, CA. Kelly presented a talk titled "The phylogeny of whirligig beetles (Coleoptera: Gyrinidae): Stopping the spin." Gino presented a poster PDF titled "A preliminary morphological study of Oncideres c. cingulata (Say) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae: Onciderini)" in the Section A student poster competition.

  • December 2007. Adriano Giorgi (University of Georgia, McHugh Lab) visited our lab to collaborate on several research projects.

  • November 2007. Mike Medrano passed his qualifying exams and is now a PhD candidate!

  • November 2007. Kelly Miller, Gino Nearns, and Alicia Hodson travelled to Zambia (Africa) for a two week collecting expedition.

  • October 2007. Kelly Miller presented an invited talk at Syracuse University titled "Females who play hard-to-get are for suckers: Mating systems in diving beetles."

  • September 2007. Kelly Miller and Gino Nearns travelled to La Paz (Madidi National Park) and Santa Cruz, Bolivia, for a two week collecting expedition.

  • September 2007. Kelly Miller presented an invited talk at Arizona State University titled "Females who play hard-to-get are for suckers: Mating systems in diving beetles."

  • August 2007. Lauren Cleavall and Traci Grzymala joined our lab. Lauren will be working on mating systems in diving beetles and Traci will be working on longhorned beetle systematics.

  • August 2007. Nathan Lord (University of Georgia, McHugh Lab) visited our lab and announced that he will join us in Fall 2008.

  • July 2007. Gino Nearns attended the North American Workshop in Cladistics Methods, sponsored by The Ohio State University & The Willi Hennig Society, Columbus, OH.

  • June 2007. Gino Nearns and Nathan Lord attended the Beetle Families of the World and Larval Coleoptera Workshops, hosted by Dr. John Lawrence & Dr. Michael Ivie, at Montana State University, Bozeman, MT.

  • May 2007. Alicia Hodson joined our lab.

  • May 2007. Traci Grzymala announced that she will join our lab in the fall 2007. Traci recently completed her BS at the University of Florida.

  • April 2007. Lauren Cleavall announced that she will join our lab in the fall 2007. Lauren recently completed her BS at San Diego State University.

  • January 2007. Gino Nearns joined the lab to begin his doctoral research on Cerambycidae Systematics (Coleoptera). Gino recently completed his MS at the Department of Entomology & Nematology, University of Florida (Branham Lab).
 

Field entomology course, NicaraguaField entomology course, Nicaragua

Dr. Thomas Buckley, Nathan Lord, and Dr. Rich Leschen, New ZealandDr. Thomas Buckley, Nathan Lord, and Dr. Rich Leschen, New Zealand

Field entomology course, Costa Rica Field entomology course, Costa Rica

STRI, Panama Visiting with Dr. Don Windsor (left) at STRI, Panama

Sifaka lemur, Madagascar Sifaka lemur, Madagascar

Chiricahua mountains, Coronado National Forest, AZ Chiricahua mountains, Coronado National Forest, AZ

BK Plus imaging system Kelly Miller with new BK Plus imaging system

BK Plus imaging system Miller Lab members with new BK Plus imaging system

 
 

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