The Coleopterists Society - An International Society Devoted to the Study of Beetles
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Welcome to the Coleopterists Society

Beetles, the insect order Coleoptera, are one of the dominant forms of life on earth. One of every five described species of all animals or plants is a beetle! Various species live in nearly every habitat except the open sea, and for every possible kind of food, there's probably at least one beetle species that eats it.

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Beetles appeared even before the dinosaurs existed, and now they greatly outnumber the descendants of the dinosaurs, modern birds. Coleoptera includes beneficial and pest species, beautiful and plain, huge and tiny. They have even had a role in human culture, most notably the ancient Egyptians who revered the sacred scarab as a symbol of life and rebirth.

Coleopterists are people who study beetles and their habits and this Society welcomes any and all who share our passion in any pursuit of knowledge or appreciation of all things beetle.

Ecology and Evolution of Coleoptera (Beetles)

Ecology and Evolution of Coleoptera (Beetles) This three week course is oriented towards graduate students interested in intense training in the collection, identification and inquiry-based research on the largest order of insects, Coleoptera. Single site diversity in tropical rain forests, such as those in Costa Rica, has been estimated to be as high as 14,000 species. The study of beetles (including some of the largest and most beautiful of all insects) is not only fascinating, but economically important because the order includes numerous harmful as well as beneficial species that affect agriculture, forestry and man. Coordinators: Christopher Carlton, Richard Leschen, Nathan Lord, and Victoria Bayless. Course duration: 3 weeks (June 5-24, 2015). Credits: 2.0 Application Deadline: February 3, 2015 for priority consideration, followed by rolling admission until fully enrolled. More information and application form available here.

Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST)

DEST logo The Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST), an initiative under the CETAF umbrella and managed by RBINS, has launched its NEW website and training programme for 2014-2015! Check out the Modern Taxonomy programme offering intensive theoretical courses in various subjects. Also, have a look at the Expert-in-training programme enabling trainees to develop and strengthen their taxonomic research skills through on-the-job-training. Several of our training courses have an entomological subject and might be of particular interest to you: Methods and principles of systematic zoology (sensu lato: including zoogeography and phylogenetics) and systematics of the Buprestidae (Coleoptera); Entomological research in protected areas; Taxonomy of cave beetles with emphasis on Coleoptera Cholevinae.


The Coleopterists Bulletin
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