Andrew Short

Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Curator, Entomology, KU Biodiversity Institute
785-864-2323
140 Public Safety Building

Dr. Andrew Short's research program centers on elucidating the diversity, biology, and evolutionary history of aquatic beetles.

Aquatic beetles are a group of ca. 20 families with more than 12,000 described species. I focus on the superfamily Hydrophiloidea (the ‘water scavenger’ beetles), one of the few lineages of insects to have diversified in both aquatic and terrestrial environments. I place strong emphasis on 1) descriptive, alpha-level taxonomy through collaborative biodiversity surveys and inventories, and 2) developing robust phylogenetic hypotheses for clades of aquatic beetles utilizing data from varied sources, with a focus on morphological data sets. I am particularly interested in combining ecological data generated through biotic surveys with phylogenetic hypotheses to examine the patterns and prevalence of morphological adaptations associated with various aquatic ways of life and shifts between aquatic and terrestrial habitats.

Selected Publications

  • Maier, C. A. and A. E. Z. Short. 2013. "A revision of the Lutrochidae (Coleoptera) of Venezuela, with description of six new species" Zootaxa. 3637. 285-307.
  • Cai, C., A. E. Z. Short, and D. Huang. 2012. "The first skiff beetle (Coleoptera: Myxophaga: Hydroscaphidae) from early Cretaceous Jehol Biota" Journal of Paleontology. 86. 116-119.
  • Clarkson, B. and A. E. Z. Short. 2012. "Revision of the Oocyclus Sharp of Brazil with description of ten new species (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Laccobiini)" Zootaxa. 3183. 1-35.
  • Oliva, A. and A. E. Z. Short. 2012. "Review of the Berosus Leach of Venezuela (Coleoptera, Hydrophilidae, Berosini) with description of fourteen new species" Zookeys. 206. 1-69.
  • McIntosh, C. E. and A. E. Z. Short. 2012. "New Delaware Records and Notes about the endangered Seth Forest Water Scavenger Beetle (Coleoptera: Hydrochidae)" Coleopterists Bulletin. 66. 294-296.
  • Short, A. E. Z., Y. Alarie, M. A. Garcia, and L. J. Joly. 2012. "Are noterids specialized meruids (Coleoptera, Adephaga)? A reply to Dressler et al" Systematic Entomology.
 
  • Short, A. E. Z. and M. Fikácek. 2011. "World catalogue of the Hydrophiloidea (Coleoptera): additions and corrections II (2006-2010)" Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae. 51. 83-122.
  • Short, A. E. Z. and F. L. Jia. 2011. "Two new species of Oocyclus Sharp with a revised key to the genus for mainland Southeast Asia (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)" Zootaxa. 3012. 64-68.
  • Valladeras, L. F. and A. E. Z. Short. 2011. "Revision of Ochthebiinae of Venezuela (Coleoptera: Hydraenidae)" Zootaxa. 3021. 63-68.
  • Alarie, Y., A. E. Z. Short, M. A. Garcia, and L. J. Joly. 2011. "Larval morphology of Meruidae (Coleoptera: Adephaga) and its phylogenetic implications" Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 104(1). 25-36.
  • Jia, F. L. and A. E. Z. Short. 2011. "Description of Cymbiodyta orientalis sp.n., the first species of the genus from the Oriental Region (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)" Entomological News. 121. 348-351.
  • Short, A. E. Z. and V. Kadosoe. 2011. "Chapter 4. Aquatic Beetles of the Kwamalasamutu Region, Suriname (Insecta: Coleoptera)" A Rapid Biological Assessment of the Kwamalasamutu region, Southwestern Suriname, RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment. edited by O'Shea, B. J., L. E. Alonso, and T. H. Larsen. 63. 79–90, 156 pp.
  • Jia, F. L. and A. E. Z. Short. 2011. "Notionotus attenuatus sp. n. from southern China with a key to the Old World species of the genus (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)" Zootaxa. 2830. 55-58.
 
 
  • Gustafson, G. T. and A. E. Z. Short. 2010. "Revision of the Neotropical water scavenger beetle genus Guyanobius Spangler (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Chaetarthriini)" Aquatic Insects. 32(4). 245-258.
  • Short, A. E. Z.. 2010. "Phylogeny, Evolution, and Classification of the Giant Water Scavenger Beetles (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Hydrophilini: Hydrophilina)" Systematics and Biodiversity. 8. 17-37.
  • Fikacek, M., E. Gentili, and A. E. Z. Short. 2010. "Order Coleoptera, family Hydrophilidae" Arthropod Fauna of the United Arab Emirates. edited by van Harten, A.. 3. 135-165.
  • Short, A. E. Z.. 2010. "Hydrophilidae: Review of the Subtribe Acidocerina of the Southwestern Pacific Islands" The Aquatic Coleoptera of New Caledonia. edited by Jäch, M. and M. Balke. 297-318.
  • Short, A. E. Z.. 2010. "Hydrophilidae: Hydrobiusina" The Aquatic Coleoptera of New Caledonia. edited by Jäch, M. and M. Balke. 319-322.
  • Darilmaz, M. C., S. Kiyak, and A. E. Z. Short. 2010. "Discovery of the water scavenger beetle genus Brownephilus Mouchamps in Turkey (Coleoptera, Hydrophilidae, Hydrophilini)" ZooKeys. 53. 13-16.
  • Short, A. E. Z., L. J. Joly, and M. A. Garcia. 2010. "Discovery of the Skiff beetle genus Yara Reichardt & Hinton in Venezuela with description of a new species (Coleoptera: Myxophaga: Hydroscaphidae)" Coleopterists Bulletin. 64(2). 151-156.
  • Fikácek, M. and A. E. Z. Short. 2010. "Discovery of the genus Cetiocyon in the Neotropical Region and revision of its New Guinean species (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Sphaeridiinae)" Arthropod Systematics and Phylogeny. 68(3). 309-329.
 
  • Fikácek, M. and A. E. Z. Short. 2010. "A revision of the Neotropical genus Sacosternum Hansen (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Sphaeridiinae)" Zootaxa. 2538. 1-37.
  • Short, A. E. Z., P. J. Torres, and B. J. van Vondel. 2010. "A review of the crawling water beetles of Mongolia (Coleoptera: Haliplidae)" Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. 159. 205-212.
  • Short, A. E. Z. and M. García. 2010. "A review of the Oocyclus Sharp of Venezuela with description of twelve new species (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Laccobiini)" Zootaxa. 2635. 1-31.
  • Oliva, A. and A. E. Z. Short. 2010. "A remarkable new species of Hemiosus Sharp from Amazonian Peru (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)" Koleopterologische Rundschau. 80. 139-142.
  • Hall, W. E. and A. E. Z. Short. 2010. "A new species of Hydroscapha LeConte from northwestern Venezuela (Coleoptera: Myxophaga: Hydroscaphidae)" Zootaxa. 2358. 49-56.
  • Short, A. E. Z.. 2009. "Two new species of the hygropetric genus Oocyclus Sharp from eastern India (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)" Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis. 49. 625-630.
  • Short, A. E. Z. and M. S. Caterino. 2009. "On the validity of habitat as a predictor of genetic structure in aquatic systems: a comparative study using California water beetles" Molecular Ecology. 18. 403-414.
  • Jia, F. L. and A. E. Z. Short. 2009. "Description of Hydrobius orientalis sp. n., the first species of the subtribe Hydrobiusina from the Oriental Region (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Hydrophilini)" Aquatic Insects. 31. 25-29.
  • Short, A. E. Z.. 2009. "Micramphiops gen.n. from Madagascar (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)" Koleopterologische Rundschau. 79. 189-195.
  • Spangler, P. J. and A. E. Z. Short. 2008. "Three new species of Neotropical Tropisternus Solier (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)" Zootaxa. 1917. 65-68.
  • Short, A. E. Z.. 2008. "Revision of the Afrotropical genus Tritonus Mulsant (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)" Zootaxa. 1855. 41-55.
  • Shaverdo, H., A. E. Z. Short, and D. Enkhnasan. 2008. "Predacious water beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) of Mongolia" Koleopterologische Rundschau. 78. 43-53.
  • Short, A. E. Z. and J. K. Liebherr. 2007. "Systematics and Biology of the Endemic Water Scavenger Beetles of Hawaii (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)" Systematic Entomology. 32. 601-624.
  • Short, A. E. Z. and M. García. 2007. "Tobochares sulcatus, a new genus and species of water scavenger beetle from Amazonas State, Venezuela (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)" Aquatic Insects. 29. 1-7.
  • Short, A. E. Z. and F. Hebauer. 2006. "World Catalogue of Hydrophiloidea–additions and corrections, 1 (1999–2005) (Coleoptera)" Koleopterologische Rundschau. 76. 315-359.
  • Short, A. E. Z. and K. Kanda. 2006. "The water scavenger beetles of Mongolia with new records from the Selenge River Basin (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)" Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. 155. 9-12.
  • Short, A. E. Z. and P. J. Torres. 2006. "Review of the Hemiosus Sharp and Derallus Sharp in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Berosini)" Zootaxa. 1369. 1-17.
  • Fikácek, M. and A. E. Z. Short. 2006. "A revision of the Neotropical genus Motonerus Hansen (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Sphaeridiinae)" Zootaxa. 1268. 1-38.
  • Libherr, J. K. and A. E. Z. Short. 2006. "Blackburnia riparia, new species (Coleoptera: Carabidae, Platynini): A novel element in the Hawaiian riparian insect fauna" Journal of the New York Entomological Society. 114(1-2). 1-16.
  • Short, A. E. Z.. 2005. "Two new species of Enochrus Thomson, subgenus Hugoscottia Knisch, from Costa Rica and Mexico (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)" Zootaxa. 865. 1-7.
  • Short, A. E. Z.. 2005. "The Hydrophilinae of Delaware (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)" The Coleopterists Bulletin. 58(4). 598-599.
  • Short, A. E. Z. and A. P. Swanson. 2005. "A revision of the Oocyclus Sharp of Thailand with description of six new species (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)" Zootaxa. 1078. 1-24.
  • Short, A. E. Z.. 2005. "A review of the subtribe Acidocerina of Central America with special reference to Costa Rica (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Hydrophilini)" Koleopterologische Rundschau. 75. 191-226.
  • Short, A. E. Z.. 2005. "A new genus and species of Sphaeridiinae from Costa Rica (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)" The Coleopterists Bulletin. 58(4). 534-537.
  • Short, A. E. Z.. 2004. "Review of the Central American species of Hydrobiomorpha Blackburn (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)" Koleopterologische Rundschau. 74. 363-366.
  • Short, A. E. Z.. 2004. "Review of the Enochrus Thomson of the West Indies (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)" Koleopterologische Rundschau. 74. 354-361.
  • Short, A. E. Z. and P. D. Perkins. 2004. "A revision of Oocyclus Sharp of Mexico and Central America (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)" Zootaxa. 783. 1-45.
  • Perkins, P. D. and A. E. Z. Short. 2004. "Omniops gen. n. and two new species of Hydrophilini from Papua New Guinea (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)" Zootaxa. 494. 1-14.
  • Short, A. E. Z.. 2003. "The Lectotype of Philydrus fimbriatus Melsheimer (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)" The Coleopterists Bulletin. 57(3). 358-359.
  • Fairchild, G. W., J. Cruz, A. M. Faulds, A. E. Z. Short, and J. F. Matta. 2003. "Microhabitat and landscape influences on aquatic beetle assemblages in a cluster of temporary and permanent ponds" Journal of the North American Benthological Society. 22. 224-240.
  • Short, A. E. Z.. 2003. "Enochrus (Methydrus) grossi sp. n. from the Southeastern United States" Transactions of the American Entomological Society. 129. 539-542.
  • Short, A. E. Z.. 2002. "New Record of Zoraptera in Delaware" Entomological News. 113. 215.

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