• 02/2017 – Our paper on the intricate biogeography of giant water scavenger beetles just came out in Journal of Biogeography, check it out in Publications. These big guys are very cool indeed, they might be one of the few examples of West Gondwana vicariance with a joint origin in Africa and South America followed by tectonic allopatric divergence. A nice picture of Tropisternus by Mark Yokoyama:


  • 01/2017 – Very excited to be joining the Kawahara Lab this month and start a new project on large-scale phylogenomics of skippers within the ButterflyNet community. See you soon Shortlab!


  • 10/2016 – Stephen’s paper on noterid water beetles is in press in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. Pretty cool systematic study with a focus on the (confusing) performance of the recent k-means algorithm to partition molecular data. Here is a picture of Hydrocanthus taken by Udo Schmidt:


  • 08/2016 – Our paper revisiting the dating of the beetle tree-of-life is out and open access. We find a much older origin for the crown of the group and most larger clades.


  • 07/2016 – I am now on Twitter, check out my account @EmmanuelTouss1 for news on our research and sciency stuff. Thanks Andrew for the amazing Twitter advertisement:


  • 06/2016 – The fourth paper on Polyura just came out in Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society. We are done revising this genus for the moment, Polyura attalus is back to species level and is officially the 34th species in the group. Check this beauty out (Picture Didier Descouens):

  • 06/2016 – Jérôme’s master thesis paper finally came out, and it came out real nice. This new molecular phylogeny of Colymbetinae with macroevolutionary analyses has just been published in Scientific Reports. Here is a picture of Rhantus suturalis taken by Jan Hamrsky, one the species of Colymbetinae included in this study, and on which I worked in the early stage of my PhD.

  • 04/2016 – April is a productive month, three of our papers on aquatic beetles and tropical butterflies just came out. Check these out on the Publications page.


  • 03/2016 – We came back from our field trip in Suriname with lots of aquatic beetles. A very successful expedition that was entirely filmed by a KU student. The documentary and pictures should be available in the next few months. Great to be back in the jungle!

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  • 01/2016 – I went to Munich the 15th of January where I received the 17th Hintelmann award, a price for achievements in systematics and evolution. A fantastic honor made possible by the generosity of Frau Hintelmann.


  • 05/2015 – A large media coverage (New York Times, BBC, Weekend Argus…) for our last paper on the amazing Capelatus pyrkei. This newly described beetle from South Africa is rather isolated as its closest relatives live in Europe and New Guinea:


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  • 12/2014 – We just learned that our latest paper on the evolution of diving beetles in Australia during the Cenozoic will be featured on the cover of the journal Systematic Biology:


  • 03/2014 – In our last paper we found that Trigonopterus beetles from Bali are surprisingly more related to their cousins from the East than to Javanese ones despite the geographic affinity of Bali and Java. This discovery has captured the attention of big journals in Germany (Die Welt, Der Spiegel…):

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  • 01/2013 – Our paper on the temporal and geographic evolution of the emblematic peacock swallowtail butterflies has been picked to feature the cover of the journal Cladistics:

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