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Eugenio (Gino) Nearns, Ph.D.
Collections Manager
Purdue Entomological Research Collection (PERC)
Purdue University
B028 Smith Hall, 901 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Voice mail: (505) 803-4412
Email (replace (AT) with @): gino(AT)nearns.com
Curriculum vitae PDF

I am a systematist with broad entomological interests, although my research is focused on the worldwide biodiversity of longhorned beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). Longhorned beetles exhibit a remarkable diversity of biology and morphology, and many are important pests of agricultural and lumber products. Despite their economic importance and biological diversity, relatively little is known of longhorned beetle ecology, behavior, or phylogenetic relationships. My research program on Cerambycidae integrates traditional taxonomy (including new species discovery, systematic revisions, identification tool development, etc.), ecological and behavioral study (documentation of host plant associations, life history, behaviors, etc.), and modern phylogenetic investigations using all available data (e.g., morphological, molecular, and ecological).

I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors from the University of Florida's College of Fine Arts in May 1996 and a Master of Science degree from UF's Department of Entomology & Nematology in August 2006 (Branham Lab). In May 2013, I completed a Ph.D. from the Department of Biology, University of New Mexico (Kelly Miller Lab). My doctoral dissertation research was titled "Systematics of Longhorned Beetles (Insecta: Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)."

Teaching Experience:
  • Guest Lecturer, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 2009-2011. Courses: Entomology (BIOL 485/585), Tropical Biology (BIOL 461/561)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 2007-2011. Courses: Entomology (BIOL 485/585), Genetics (BIOL 202), Invertebrate Biology (BIOL 371), Field Entomology in Costa Rica (BIOL 406/506)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2005. Course: Insect Classification (ENY 6166)

Websites:
I'm the website coordinator for several websites, including The Coleopterists Society, The Entomological Society of Washington, The Center for Systematic Entomology, A Resource for Wood Boring Beetles of the World, and Longicorn ID.


Taxa described in Cerambycidae:
  1. Plectromerus lingafelteri Micheli & Nearns, 2005
  2. Plectromerus ramosi Micheli & Nearns, 2005
  3. Plectromerus grimaldii Nearns & Branham, 2005
  4. Plectromerus navassae Nearns & Steiner, 2006
  5. Curius chemsaki Nearns & Ray, 2006
  6. Atimiola rickstanleyi Lingafelter & Nearns, 2007
  7. Ataxia hovorei Lingafelter & Nearns, 2007
  8. Hormathus giesberti Lingafelter & Nearns, 2007
  9. Drycothea indistincta Lingafelter & Nearns, 2007
  10. Eburia pseudostigma Lingafelter & Nearns, 2007
  11. Plectromerus giesberti Nearns & Branham, 2008
  12. Plectromerus dezayasi Nearns & Branham, 2008
  13. Plectromerus michelii Nearns & Branham, 2008
  14. Plectromerus josephi Nearns & Branham, 2008
  15. Plectromerus hovorei Nearns & Branham, 2008
  16. Plectromerus morrisi Nearns & Branham, 2008
  17. Plectromerus thomosi Nearns & Branham, 2008
  18. Plectromerus turnbowi Nearns & Branham, 2008
  19. Plectromerus roncavei Nearns & Miller, 2009
  20. Hesycha tavakiliani Nearns & Swift, 2011
  21. Trestonia wappesi Nearns & Swift, 2011
  22. Neodillonia waltersi Nearns & Swift, 2011
  23. Monneoncideres cristata Nearns & Swift, 2011
  24. Tibiosioma martinsi Nearns & Swift, 2011
  25. Lesbates milleri Nearns & Swift, 2011
  26. Touroultia lordi Nearns & Tavakilian, 2012
  27. Touroultia swifti Nearns & Tavakilian, 2012
  28. Peritrox marcelae Nearns & Tavakilian, 2012
  29. Jamesia ramirezi Nearns & Tavakilian, 2012
  30. Trestoncideres santossilvai Nearns & Tavakilian, 2012
  31. Cylicasta mariahelenae Nearns & Tavakilian, 2012
  32. Lingafelteria giuglarisi Nearns & Tavakilian, 2012
  33. Psyllotoxus dalensi Nearns & Tavakilian, 2012
  34. Psyllotoxus faurei Nearns & Tavakilian, 2012
  35. Trestonia solangeae Nearns & Tavakilian, 2012
 
Machu Picchu, Peru (January 2011)
Machu Picchu, Peru (January 2011)

Liberia, West Africa
Augosoma centaurus scarabs, Liberia, West Africa (1975)

 
 

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