Frank-Thorsten Krell, PhD

Dr. Frank-T. Krell is the senior curator of entomology at the Museum. His specialty is taxonomy, systematics, ecology, and paleontology of scarab beetles, especially dung beetles. Recording and explaining the high diversity in this insect group, as well as exploring the effects of anthropogenic habitat changes on dung beetle communities, are two main areas of his research. Frank received his diploma in biology (1992) and his doctorate (1996) from the University of Tübingen in Germany. His postdoctoral research took him to the Ivory Coast in West Africa, where he led a project on scarab beetle biodiversity with the University of Würzburg, Germany. After a short period with the Zoological Research Institute and Museum Alexander Koenig in Bonn, Germany, he became a research entomologist with The Natural History Museum, London, UK, in 2000. Before joining the Museum in January 2007, he was the head of the beetle division in London. He has done fieldwork on all continents, except Antarctica, with the main focus on Africa, North America, and Europe. Frank is editor-in-chief of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science Annals and commissioner and councillor of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature.

Featured Publications

Tarasov S., Vaz-de-Mello F.Z., Krell F., Dimitrov D. 2016. A review and phylogeny of Scarabaeine dung beetle fossils (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae), with the description of two Canthochilum species from Dominican amber. PeerJ 4. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.1988

Krell, F.-T., Knight, J.B., Hammon, R., Wheeler, P., Roberts, J.J., Eckberg, J.R. 2015. Northern Range Extension of the Figeater Beetle, Cotinis mutabilis (Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae), Into Nevada, Utah, and Colorado. Western North American Naturalist, 75(1), 8-13. DOI: 10.3398/064.075.0103

FKrell, F.-T., Marshall, S.A. 2017. New Species Described From Photographs: Yes? No? Sometimes? A Fierce Debate and a New Declaration of the ICZN, Insect Systematics and Diversity. 1: 1 Pages 3–19. DOI: 10.1093/isd/ixx004

Krell, F.-T., Slade, E.M., Raine, E.H., Chiew, L.Y., Schmitt, T., Vairappan, C.S., Walter, P. and Blüthgen, N. 2018. Global dung webs: high trophic generalism of dung beetles along the latitudinal diversity gradient. Ecology Letters, 21: 1229-1236. DOI: 10.1111/ele.13095

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