Category Archives: Revising Bembidiina

Another surprise in Lionepha

Two days ago I had a post about an unexpected species of Lionepha in the Sierras, of which I became aware when I looked at a specimen that my graduate student John Sproul caught on the South Fork of Bishop … Continue reading

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A surprise in Lionepha

In the late spring I was in the final stages of a manuscript about the genus Lionepha.  This paper will describe the new species I have mentioned earlier, describe the male of Lionepha chintimini for the first time, document DNA … Continue reading

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And then there were five…

Earlier this week I spent three lovely days in the Bay Area with Dave Kavanaugh, and on Monday we went to collecting on the slopes of Mount Tamalpais.  There, along Cataract Creek, we found a series of small “Bembidion curtulatum” … Continue reading

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Bountiful Bembidion

Bembidion can be quite abundant on the shores of bodies of water, such as along the Willamette River near Corvallis, Oregon: Below are two videos showing me turning over some rocks on shore shown above.  There are four species that … Continue reading

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Hiding in Plain Sight

In most groups of organisms there are taxa that are very isolated phylogenetically, and are structurally so distinctive that they are easy to recognize (the Australian platypus and Welwitschia mirabilis come to mind).  Some of these isolated taxa are considered to … Continue reading

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Mirror, mirror, …

… but not on the wall. This image hurts my brain.  A lot. I suspect that other folks who study Bembidion have sore brains as they look at this, too. Why?

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The excitement of discovering patterns in nature

When a pattern in nature emerges, suddenly revealed through new data, I get a high unlike any other.  It is this aspect of systematic and taxonomic work that I like the best, which keeps me enthralled, and which I crave … Continue reading

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Two lineages, not one

I’m back, after a long hiatus.  We’ve been busy in the lab looking at the specimens from the Big Loop Trip, and sequencing them.  Over the next few weeks I will report on some of the results.  We’ve discovered some … Continue reading

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A new lineage of Bembidion?

On my recent field trip around the west, something occurred that has never happened to me before in North America:  I knew, in the field, that I had found a previously undiscovered species.  This has happened to me in South … Continue reading

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BLT

Our recent field work around the western USA, dubbed “The Big Loop Trip”, covered about 6165 miles (9922 kilometers) and almost one month.  My graduate student John Sproul was with me for the entire trip; my former postdoc (now UC … Continue reading

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