Emmanuel Arriaga Varela


Current position:
PhD. student, Charles University in Prague
Associated researcher, National Museum, Entomology Department, Prague

PhD. project:
Understanding the biodiversity boom in terrestrial hydrophilid beetles
(the project is a part of the BIG4 consortium)

E-mail:
biorbit(at)hotmail(dot)com

Postal address:
Department of Entomology
National Museum in Prague
Cirkusova 1740
CZ-19300 Praha 9-Horni Pocernice
Czech Republic

Emmanuel profile photo


Research interests:
  • biodiversity and natural history of mycophagous and leaf litter Coleoptera
  • systematics and evolution of terrestrial Hydrophilidae
  • taxonomy of Neotropical fungus beetle families Endomychidae and Anamorphidae (Coleoptera: Coccinelloidea)
  • worldwide fauna of Stenotarsus (Endomychidae)

I am now working on:
  • phylogeny of the tribe Megasternini (Hydrophilidae)
  • description of a new species of Lycoperdinella (Endomychidae: Merophysiinae) from Mexico
  • description of a new species of Megarthrus (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) from Mexico
  • diversity of leaf-litter beetles from cloud forest remnants in central Veracruz, Mexico
Publications:
(see also my ResearchGate profile)
  • Arriaga-Varela E., Seidel M., Deler-Hernández A., Senderov V. & Fikacek M. 2017. A review of Cercyon Leach (Coleoptera, Hydrophilidae, Sphaeridiinae) of the Greater Antilles. ZooKeys 681: 39-93. Link to the paper.
  • Toussaint E. A. F., Seidel M., Arriaga-Varela E., Hájek J., Král D., Sekerka L., Short A. E. Z. & Fikáèek M. 2017: The peril of dating beetles. Systematic Entomology 42(1): 1-10. DOI: 10.1111/syen.12198. Link to the paper.
  • Arriaga-Varela E., Tomaszewska W. 2016: Hylaperdina squamosa, a new species of Neotropical Lycoperdininae (Coleoptera, Endomychidae) from Brazil. Zootaxa 4161(4):567-572.
  • Seidel M., Arriaga-Varela E. & Fikacek M. 2016: Establishment of Cylominae Zaitzev, 1908 as a valid name for the subfamily Rygmodinae Orchymont, 1916 with an updated list of genera (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae). Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 56(1): 159-165. Download PDF.
  • Arriaga-Varela E. & Escobar F. 2014: Electribius relictus, a new extant species of Artematopodidae (Coleoptera: Elateroidea) from Veracruz, Mexico. Zootaxa 3895 (2): 292-296.
  • Arce-Pérez R., Arriaga-Varela E., Cifuentes-Ruiz P. & Escobar F. 2014: Rediscovery of the genus Ersachus Erichson in Veracruz, Mexico, with a description of the female of Ersachus erichsonianus Sharp (Coleoptera: Byrrhoidea: Limnichidae). Coleopterists Bulletin 68(4): 765-769.
  • Arriaga-Varela E., Aguilar-López J. L. & Rivera-Gasperín S. L. 2014: A new record of Dialithus magnificus Parry (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae: Trichiini) in Mexico. Dugesiana 21(1): 31-32.
  • Arriaga-Varela E., Tomaszewska K. W. & Shockley F. W. 2014: Two new species of Epipocus (Coleoptera: Endomychidae) from Mexico and Costa Rica, with a discussion on species groups in Epipocus. Canadian Entomologist 147(2): 148-157.
  • Arriaga-Varela E. 2013. Primer registro para México de Anidrytus guatemalae Arrow, 1920 (Coleoptera: Endomychidae: Epipocinae) con comentarios sobre la variación de coloración. Dugesiana 20(1): 47-48.
  • Arriaga-Varela E., Zaragoza-Caballero S., Tomaszewska K. W. & Navarrete-Heredia J. L. 2013: Preliminary review of the genus Stenotarsus Perty (Coleoptera: Endomychidae) from México, Guatemala and Belize, with descriptions of twelve new species. Zootaxa 3645: 1-79.
  • Arriaga-Varela E. & Shockley F. W. 2010: New records of the Neotropical handsome fungus beetle genus Ephebus Gerstaecker (Endomychidae: Epipocinae) from Mexico and Costa Rica. Dugesiana 17(2): 209-211.
  • Arriaga-Varela E., Tomaszewska K. W. & Navarrete-Heredia J.L. 2007: A synopsis of Endomychidae (Coleoptera: Cucujoidea) of México. Zootaxa 1594: 1-38.
Conference presentations:
  • Arriaga-Varela E., Seidel M., Deler-Hernández A., Fikáèek M. 2017. A review of the Cercyon (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae) of the Greater Antilles: integrating morphology and DNA. Zoologické dny Brno, Czech Republic, 9-10th February 2017.
  • Arriaga-Varela E. & F. Escobar 2014: The unknown biodiversity: the case of leaf-litter beetles of cloud forest riparian remnants in Veracruz. New species and records for Mexico. Presentation on the XV Symposium of Zoology. 2014. University of Guadalajara, Zapopan, Mexico.
  • Arriaga-Varela E. 2010: Taxonomic revision of species of Stenotarsus Perty (Coleoptera: Endomychidae) from Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. Presenation on the XII Symposium of Zoology, 2010, University of Guadalajara, Zapopan, Mexico.
  • Arriaga-Varela E. 2007: The unknown biodiversity: the case of mycophagous beetles (Insecta: Coleoptera). Presentation on the IX Symposium of Zoology, 2007, University of Guadalajara, Zapopan, Mexico.
  • Arriaga-Varela E. 2005: Phylogeny and Biology of Endomychidae (Insecta: Coleoptera); overview and perspectives of study in Mexico. Presentation on the VII Symposium of Zoology, 2005, University of Guadalajara, Zapopan, Mexico.
  • Arriaga-Varela E. 2003: Endomychidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) de México. Presentation on the V Symposium of Zoology, 2003, University of Guadalajara, Zapopan, Mexico.
Workshops attended:

2004: Biology of Staphylinidae (Insecta: Coleoptera). Universidad of Guadalajara, Zapopan, Mexico.

Education:

2007: BSc degree, University of Guadalajara (UdeG). Thesis project: “A synopsis of the Endomychidae (Coleoptera: Cucujoidea) of Mexico”. Supervisor: Dr. José Luis Navarrete-Heredia.
2012: MSc degree, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Thesis project: “Review of the genus Stenotarsus Perty (Coleoptera: Endomychidae) from Mexico, Guatemala and Belize”. Supervisor: Dr. Santiago-Zaragoza

Grants:

August 2008 to July 2010: scholarship for Master studies in the “Master of biological sciences” program of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México by the National Council Science and Technology (CONACyT)..
September 2015 - present: early stage reasercher at European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant "BIG4:  Biosystematics, informatics and genomics of the big 4 insect groups: training tomorrow's researchers and enterpreneurs".

Employment history:


since September 2015: researcher at the Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague (Systematics and evolution of terrestrial hydrophilid beetles)
September 2014-May 2015: biology, ecology and chemistry teacher at middle and high school. Instituto Terranova. Ajijic, Mexico.
March 2012-August 2014: research assistant in the project "Biodiversity and function of riparian ecosystems in a fragmented landscape". Instituto de Ecología A.C. – CONACYT, Xalapa, Mexico.
August-October 2012, May-September 2013: research assistant in the project "Ecological Patterns and social perception of biodiversity of the city of Xalapa: A multidisciplinary approach. Phases I and II" Instituto de Ecología A.C. – CONACYT, Xalapa, Mexico.
September 2011-September 2014: Wildlife specialist on vertebrates and vascular plants surveys for environmental impact studies for Evolve Acuambiental and Roberto Maciel Flores & Asociados consulting firms. Jalisco, Mexico.

Collections visited:
  • Colección Entomológica del Centro de Estudios de Zoología, Universidad de Guadalajara. Zapopan, Mexico (CZUG)
  • Colección Nacional de Insectos, Instituto de Biología, Universidad Autónoma de México, Mexico D.F., Mexico (CNIN)
  • Colección Entomológica, Escuela Nacional de Ciencia Biológicas, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, México D.F., Mexico (ENCB)
  • Museo de Zoología Alfonso L. Herrera, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma de México, Mexico D.F., Mexico (MZFC)
  • Colección Entomológica, Instituto de Ecología A.C., Xalapa, Mexico (IEXA)
  • Entomological collection, Department of Entomology, National Museum in Prague, Czech Republic (NMPC).