Andrew Short

Associate Professor
Associate Chair, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Associate Curator
Primary office:
785-864-2323
6002 Haworth Hall


Summary

Dr. 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

  • Benetti, C., Short, A., and Michat, M. 2019. Hamadiana chapadensis, a new genus and species of diving beetle from Brazil (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae, Laccophilinae, Laccophilini). Zootaxa 4615: 176-184.
  • Toussaint, E., and Short, A. 2019. Historical biogeography of Holarctic Cymbiodyta water scavenger beetles in the times of Cenozoic land bridge dispersal routes. Insect Systematics and Diversity 3(5): 8.
  • Gustafson, G., Baca, S., Alexander, A., and Short, A. 2019. Phylogenomic analysis of the beetle suborder Adephaga with comparison of tailored and generalized ultraconserved element probe performance. Systematic Entomology. doi: 10.1111/syen.12413
  • Giron, J., and Short, A. 2019. Three additional new genera of acidocerine water scavenger beetles from the Guiana and Brazilian Shield regions of South America (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Acidocerinae). Zookeys 855: 109-154.
  • Gustafson, G., Alexander, A., Sproul, J., Pflug, J., Maddison, D., and Short, A. 2019. Ultraconserved element (UCE) probe set design: base genome and initial design parameters critical for optimization. Ecology and Evolution 9(12): 6933-6948.
  • Bilton, D., Ribera, I., and Short, A. 2019. Water beetles as models in ecology and evolution. Annual Review of Entomology 64: 359-377.
  • Simoes, M.V.P., Baca, S.M., Toussaint, E.F.A. Windsor, D.M., and Short, A.E.Z. 2019. Solving a thorny situation: DNA and morphology illuminate the evolution of the leaf beetle tribe Dorynotini (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 185: 1123-1136. https://doi.org/10.1093/zoolinnean/zly079
  • Clarkson, B., Archangelsky, M., Torres, P.L.M., and Short, A.E.Z. 2018. Chapter 15.4. Family Hydrophilidae. Pp. 561-576. In: Thorp, J. and Covich, A. P. (eds). Freshwater Invertebrates. Volume 3, Elsevier Science Publishing Co., Inc., Academic Press, Inc.
  • Sampaio, B.H.L. and Short, A.E.Z. 2018. Chapter 15.1. Families Hydroscaphidae and Torridincolidae. Pp. 519-525. In: Thorp, J. and Covich, A. P. (eds). Freshwater Invertebrates. Volume 3, Elsevier Science Publishing Co., Inc., Academic Press, Inc.
  • Baca, S.M., and Short, A. E. Z. 2018.  Notomicrus petrireptus sp. nov., a new seep-dwelling species of Noteridae from South America (Coleoptera: Adephaga). Zootaxa 4388: 182-190.
  • Girón, J.C. and Short, A.E.Z. 2018. Three new genera of acidocerine Water Scavenger Beetles from tropical South America (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Acidocerinae). Zookeys 768: 113-158.
  • Short, A.E.Z. and Giron, J.C. 2018. Review of the Helochares (Hydrobaticus) of the New World (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Acidocerinae). Zootaxa 4407: 29-50.
  • Short, A.E.Z., Salisbury, S., and La Cruz, N. 2018. Aquatic Beetles of the Upper Berbice Region, Guyana. BAT Survey Report No. 3. WWF-Guianas, Guyana Office. Georgetown, Guyana.
  • Simoes, M.V.P., Baca, S.M., Toussaint, E.F.A., Windsor, D.M., and Short, A.E.Z. 2018. Solving a thorny situation: DNA and morphology illuminate the evolution of the leaf beetle tribe Dorynotini (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.
  • Toussaint, E.F.A. and Short, A.E.Z. 2018. Transoceanic Stepping–stones between Cretaceous waterfalls? The Enigmatic Biogeography of pantropical Oocyclus cascade beetles. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 127: 416-428.
  • Toussaint, E. E.F., and Short, A. E. Z. 2017. Biogeographic mirages? Molecular evidence for dispersal‐driven evolution in Hydrobiusini water scavenger beetles. Systematic Entomology 42: 692-702.
  • Short, A. E. Z., Post, D., and Toussaint, E.  2017. Biology, distribution, and phylogenetic placement of the California endemic water scavenger beetle hydrochara rickseckeri (Horn)(Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 71: 461-467.
  • Fikacek, M., Minoshima, Y., Komarek, A., Short, A. E. Z., Huang, D., and Cai, C. 2017. Cretocrenis burmanicus, the first Mesozoic amber inclusion of a water scavenger beetle (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae). Cretaceous Research 77: 49-55.
  • Short, A. E. Z., Dikow, T., and Moreau, C. S. 2017. Entomological Collections in the Age of Big Data. Annual Review of Entomology 63. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-ento-031616-035536
  • Gustafson, G. T., and Short, A. E. Z. 2017. Review of the whirligig beetle genus Gyrinus of Venezuela (Coleoptera: Gyrinidae). Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 57: 479-520.
  • Short, A. E. Z., Garcia, M., and Giron, J. 2017. Revision of the Neotropical water scavenger beetle genus Globulosis García, 2001 (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Acidocerinae). Zootaxa 4232: 271-281
  • Giron, J., and Short, A. E. Z. 2017. Revision of the Neotropical water scavenger beetle genus Quadriops Hansen, 1999 (Coleoptera, Hydrophilidae, Acidocerinae). Zookeys 115.
  • Kohlenberg, A. T., and Short, A. E. Z. 2017. Revision of the Neotropical water scavenger beetle genus Tobochares Short & García, 2007 (Coleoptera, Hydrophilidae, Acidocerinae). Zookeys 113.
  • Short, A. E. Z. 2017. Systematics of aquatic beetles (Coleoptera): current state and future directions. Systematic Entomology. doi: 10.1111/syen.12270.
  • Short, A. E. Z., Cole, J., and Toussaint, E.F.A. 2017. Phylogeny, classification, and evolution of the water scavenger beetle tribe Hydrobiusini inferred from morphology and molecules (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Hydrophilinae). Systematic Entomology. doi: 10.1111/syen.12239
  • Baca, S. M., Alexander, A., Gustafson, G. T., and Short, A. E. Z. 2017. Ultraconserved elements show utility in phylogenetic inference of Adephaga (Coleoptera) and suggest paraphyly of ‘Hydradephaga’. Systematic Entomology 42: 786-795.
  • Toussaint, E. F.A., Bloom, D., and Short, A. E. Z. 2017. Cretaceous West Gondwana vicariance shaped giant water scavenger beetle palaeobiogeography. Journal of Biogeography 44: 1952-1965.
  • Fikáček, M., Gustafson, G. T. and Short, A. E. Z. 2017. On wet rocks with snorkels: immature stages of Tritonus Cascade Beetles with unusual modifications of spiracles (Hydrophilidae: Laccobiini). Annales Zoologici 67: 91–107.
  • Toussaint, E. F.A., Fikacek, M., and Short, A. E.Z. 2016. India-Madagascar vicariance explains cascade beetle biogeography. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 118: 982-991.
  • Toussaint, E. F.A., Balke, M., Garcia, M., and Short, A. E.Z. 2016. Molecular systematics of the Neotropical diving beetle genus Rugosus Garcia, 2001 (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae: Copelatinae). Coleopterists Bulletin 70(1): 53-58.
  • Gustafson, G. T., Short, A. E.Z., and Miller, K. B. 2016. New species of diving beetles in the subgenus Platynectes s.str. from the Guiana Shield (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae: Agabinae). Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 56: 79-102.
  • Toussaint, E. F.A., Seidel, M., Arriaga-Varela, E., Hajek, J., Kral, D., Sekerka, L., Short, A. E.Z., and Fikacek, M. 2016. The Peril of Dating Beetles. Systematic Entomology doi: 10.1111/syen.12198.
  • Toussaint, E. F.A., Hendrich, L., Hajek, J., Michat, M., Panjaita, R., Short, A. E.Z., and Balke, M. 2016. Evolution of Pacific Rim diving beetles sheds light on Amphi-Pacific biogeography. Ecography doi:10.1111/ecog.02195.
  • Toussaint, E. F.A., and Short, A. E.Z. 2016. Miocenic Evolution of Brazilian Shield Platynectes Diving Beetles in Amazon Basin Paleodrainage Systems. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France doi: 10.1080/00379271.
  • Miller, K. B., and A.E.Z. Short.  2015.  Belladessus n. gen. from Venezuela & Suriname with two new species B. femineus n. sp. and B. puella n. sp. (Coleoptera: Dytiscidea: Hydroporinae: Bidessini): Parthenogenetic diving beetles? Coleopterists Bulletin 69: 498-503.
     
  • Short, A. E. Z., and C. E. McIntosh, Iv. 2015.  Hydrophilus harpe sp. nov., a remarkable new species of giant water scavenger beetle from Brazil (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae). Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 55: 665-671.
     
  • Fikacek, M. M. Maruyama, T. Komatsu, C. von Beeren, D. Vondracek, A.E.Z. Short, 2015.  Protosternini (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae) corroborated as monophyletic and its larva described for the first time:  A review of the myrmecophilous genus.  Invertebrate Systematics 29: 23-36.
     
  • Short, A.E.Z., L.J. Joly, M. García, A. Wild, D.D. Bloom, & D.R. Maddison. 2015. Molecular phylogeny of the Hydroscaphidae (Coleoptera: Myxophaga) with description of a remarkable new lineage from the Guiana Shield. Systematic Entomology 40: 214-229.
     
 
 

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