Matthias Seidel

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

PhD. project:
The Life on the island: leaf-litter insect fauna as a bioindicator of long and short term evolutionary change
(the project is a part of the BIG4 consortium)

E-mail: seidelma(at)

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

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Research interests:
  • molecular phylogenetics and evolution of insects
  • population genetics
  • next generation sequencing
  • Coleoptera (especially Polyphaga)
  • taxonomy & systematics
  • biogeography
  • ecology
I am now working on:
  • Molecular phylogenetics, evolution and biogeography of New Zealand Hydrophilidae (Coleoptera)
  • Population genetic patterns in New Zealand leaf litter beetle lineages (Coleoptera)
  • Molecular phylogenetics and taxonomy of Eudicella (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Cetoniinae)
  • Molecular phylogenetics and taxonomy of different ruteline genera (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Rutelinae)
Published scientific papers:
  • 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.
  • Seidel M., Jameson M. L. & Stone R. (2017) A new cryptic species and review of the east-Andean leaf chafer genus Mesomerodon Ohaus, 1905 (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Rutelinae). ZooKeys 671(2): 61-85. Link to the paper.
  • Moore M. R., Jameson M. L., Garner B. H., Audibert C., Smith A. B. T. & Seidel M. (2017) Synopsis of the pelidnotine scarabs (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Rutelinae, Rutelini) and annotated catalogue of the species and subspecies. ZooKeys 666(11): 1-349. 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.
  • Ray J. W., Seidel M., Husemann M. (2017) A new melanistic variant of the caterpillar hunter Calosoma wilcoxi LeConte, 1848 from Texas, United States of America and a preliminary phylogeny of the genus Calosoma Weber, 1801 (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Canadian Entomologist  149(1): 1-7. Link to the paper.
  • Seidel M. 2016: Morphology and DNA barcoding reveal a new species of Eudicella from East Africa (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoninae). Zootaxa 4137(4): 535-544. Download PDF.
  • 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.

2014: BSc. degree, Martin-Luther-Univerität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
BSc. thesis: “The influence of RRP6 and PAPD5 on the abundance of small nucleolar RNAs in osteosarcoma cells”
2015: MSc. degree, Martin-Luther-Univerität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
MSc. thesis “Molecular phylogenetics, systematics and evolution of the Sub-Saharan Cetoniinae genus Eudicella’’

Conferences / workshops:

September 2013: 6th Dresden Meeting on Insect Phylogeny
March 2014: DNA Barcoding Course at MNHN Paris
(Integrative taxonomy and taxonomic expertise in the framework of the DNA-Barcoding initiative)
July 2014: Summer Course Systematics of Beetles, Prague
(lecturers: Richard A. B. Leschen, Hermes E. Escalona, Matthew Gimmel, Petr ©vácha)
August 2014: First Scarab Symposium at BMNH, London (presentation: Molecular phylogenetics and evolution of the sub-Saharan Cetoniinae genus Eudicella)
October 2014: 11. Hymenopterologen-Tagung at SMNS, Stuttgart (presentation: Insights into the systematic relationships of a European fossorial bee species complex in the subgenus Hoplandrena)
March 2015: 16. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Biologische Sytematik (poster presentation: Molecular phylogenetics and subgeneric revision of the sub-Saharan genus Eudicella (Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae))
September 2015: 7th Dresden Meeting on Insect Phylogeny
September 2016: XXV International Congress of Entomology, Orlando, Florida, USA (presentation: First insights into the evolutionary history of the widespread African flower chafer genus Eudicella (Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae) employing molecular phylogenetic methodology).
February 2017: Zoologické dny 2017, Brno, Czech Republic (presentation: Elucidating the origin and evolution of ‘Gondwanan relicts’: molecular phylogenetics and biogeography of cylomine hydrophilid beetles (Coleoptera).

Grants / awards:

March 2015: Student travelling grant of the GfBS to attend the 16. GfBS Jahrestagung (250€)
March 2015: Student poster award at 16. GfBS Jahrestagung (100€) 
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".

  • Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik (GfBS)
  • Entomologischer Verein zu Halle an der Saale e.V.

Employment history:

2011: Research assistant (Biochemical lab work: cell culture, molecular genetics, 4 months)
2013: Teaching assistant (Insect identification, 3 months)
2014: Research assistant (field work: insect sampling, pollination experiments, 3 months)
2014: Teaching assistant (Insect identification, 2 months)
since 2013: Guest scientist at the Central Repository for Natural Science Collections (ZNS, MLU)
since September 2015: researcher at the Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague (molecular phylogenetics, population genetics and evolution of New Zealand leaf litter beetles)

Collections visited:
  • Natural History Museum, London (UK)
  • Museum d´Histoire Naturelle, Paris (France)
  • Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin (Germany)
  • Senckenberg Deutsches Entomologisches Institut, Müncheberg (Germany)
  • Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde, Stuttgart (Germany)
  • Zentralmagazin Naturwissenschaflticher Sammlungen, Halle (Germany)
  • Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Bonn (Germany)