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Andrew Short
Curator
Entomology
Biodiversity Institute

Assistant Professor - EEB

Contact Information

Office Phone: 
785.864.2323
Building: 
Public Safety Building
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.

Recent Blog Posts

August 4, 2012
From Andrew: After a day of rest back in Paramaribo after our Voltzberg...
July 31, 2012
From Clay: Last night was our final night at the research station at the...
July 30, 2012
From Clay: We woke up at 4 o’clock this morning and we’re...
March 5, 2012
A few days ago, I arrived in Suriname for my second expedition of the year. I...
January 28, 2012
 Greetings from San Carlos del Zulia, Venezuela. I'm a bit over a week...

My research program centers on elucidating the diversity, biology, and evolutionary history of aquatic beetles, an aggregate 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.

Education

2007. Ph.D., (Entomology), Cornell University Ithaca NY.
2002. B.Sc. with Distinction (Entomology), Cum Laude, University of Delaware, Newark, DE.

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Academic Appointments

Current Appointments

Curator
Entomology
Biodiversity Institute

Assistant Professor - EEB

Previous Appointments

Postdoctoral Researcher, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, California, USA (2007-2008)

Research Affiliate, Biodiversity Institute, University of Kansas (2007-2008)

Research Scientist, Biodiversity Institute, University of Kansas (2008-2009)

Adjunct Asst. Professor, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas (2008-2009)

Grants

2011. US National Science Foundation, Division of Biological Infrastructure. “Collaborative Research: Digitization TCN: InvertNet--An Integrative Platform for Research on Environmental Change, Species Discovery and Identification” [2011-2015]. Non-lead PI (with 14 others); $5,000,000 (KU portion: $208,000).

2011. US National Science Foundation, Division of Biological Infrastructure: DBI-1057366. A specimen level database of the world’s bees (Apoidea) at the University of Kansas [2011-2014]. $495,000. CoPI (with 3 others).

2011. US National Science Foundation, Division of Environmental Biology. REU Supplement: $7,433.

2009. US National Science Foundation, Division of Environmental Biology. REU Supplement: $6,750.

2009. Smithsonian Institution Short-term Visiting Scientist fellowship: $2,000.

2008. US National Science Foundation, Division of Environmental Biology. DEB-0816904. Survey of the aquatic insects of northern Venezuela with an emphasis on Coleoptera [2008-2012]. PI (with one CoPI). $500,000.

Teaching

HNRS 190:  Discovering Species (Fall 2009, Fall 2010)
BIOL 500:  Biology of Insects (Fall 2010, Fall 2011)
BIOL 599:  Senior Seminar in Ecology (Spring 2011

Student Advising

Graduate

K. Taro Eldredge  (PhD; 2009-present)
Crystal Maier (PhD; 2010-present)

Undergraduate

Frazier Graham (2010-present)
Grey Gustafson (2008-2010)
Clay McIntosh (2010-present

Professional Presentations

*Short, A.E.Z. 2011. Behind the Waterfall: Ecological Diversification in Aquatic Beetles. Department of
Entomology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. [Invited talk]
Short, A.E.Z. 2010. The Venezuela Aquatic Insect Survey: Progress and preliminary results for Coleoptera.
Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America. San Diego, CA. [submitted talk]
*Short, A.E.Z. 2010. Navigating trees: Habitat and morphological evolution in aquatic beetles. Department
of Biology, Wichita State University. Wichita, KS. [invited talk]
*Short, A.E.Z. 2009. Of Myxophaga and Wet Rocks: Scrubbing for Beetles in Venezuela. Coleopterists
Society Meeting, Indianapolis, IN.  [invited talk]
*Short, A.E.Z. 2009. Inventario de insectos acuaticos neotropicales: Metodos y la importancia. National
Institute for Scientific Research, Caracas, Venezuela [invited talk]
*Short, A.E.Z. 2008. Making the most of Google Earth: before, in, and after the field. Entomological
Collections Network, Reno, NV [invited talk]

*Short, A.E.Z. 2008. Evolution of the Giant Water Scavenger Beetles. Pontificia Universidad Católica del
Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador.  [invited seminar]
Short, A.E.Z. 2007. Evolution of the Giant Water Scavenger Beetles. Annual Meeting, Entomological
Society of America.  San Diego, CA. [submitted talk]
*Short, A.E.Z. 2007. Climbing Trees: Ecomorphological Evolution of the Hydrophiline Water Scavenger
Beetles. Eastern Branch Meeting, Entomological Society of America.  Harrisburg, PA. [invited talk].
Short, A.E.Z. 2007. Ecomorphological Evolution of the Hydrophiline Water Scavenger Beetles. Jugatae
Seminar Series, Department of Entomology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
*Short, A.E.Z. 2007. Morphological Evolution and Habitat Shifting in Aquatic Beetles: Bridging the
Aquatic-Terrestrial Divide. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Colloquium, University of
Kansas. Lawrence, KS. [invited department seminar]
Short, A.E.Z., J.K. Liebherr, & M. Caterino 2006. Into the trees: phylogeny and ecomorphological
transformations of the hydrobiusine water scavenger beetles (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae). Annual Meeting,
Entomological Society of America.  Indianapolis, IN. [submitted talk]
*Short, A.E.Z. 2005. In  & Out of Water: Habitat shifts in aquatic beetles. Department of Entomology &
Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware, Newark, DE. [invited department seminar]
Short, A.E.Z. 2005. The Endemic Hydrophilidae of Hawaii: Habitat, Morphology, and Systematics. Annual
Meeting, Entomological Society of America. Fort Lauderdale, FL [submitted talk]
*Short, A.E.Z. 2005 Hydrophilidae of Florida. Florida Association of Benthologists. Gainesville, FL.
[invited seminar and taxonomic workshop]
Short, A.E.Z. 2004. Systematic Fieldwork in Practice. Cornell Entomology Graduate Student Organization
Seminar. Ithaca, NY. [talk]
Short, A.E.Z. 2004. The Hydrophilidae of Costa Rica: Collection Methods and Habitat Preferences. Eastern
Branch Meeting, Entomological Society of America.  New Haven, CT. [submitted talk].
Short, A.E.Z. 2003. The Hydrophilinae of Costa Rica. Annual Meeting, Entomological Society of America. 
Cincinnati OH.  [submitted poster]

Major Field Experience

*Costa Rica, July 2011 (2 weeks)
*Venezuela, January 2011 (1 week)
Suriname, August-Sept 2010 (4 weeks)
*Venezuela, July 2010 (4 weeks)
*Costa Rica, March 2010 (2 weeks)
*Venezuela, January 2010 (3 weeks)
*Venezuela, July 2009 (5 weeks)
*Venezuela, January 2009 (5 weeks)
*Venezuela, July-Sept. 2008 (6 weeks)
Panama, June 2008 (3 weeks)
Ecuador, May 2008 (3 weeks)
*Venezuela, September 2007 (3 weeks)
*Ecuador, August 2007 (5 weeks)
*Costa Rica, May 2006 (2 weeks)
*Venezuela, January 2006 (4 weeks)
Hawaii, (Kaua'i,) May 2005 (2 weeks)
*Costa Rica, January 2005 (3 weeks)
Mongolia, July 2004 (5 weeks)
*Costa Rica, June 2004 (3 weeks)
*Costa Rica January 2004 (3 weeks)
Costa Rica, January 2003 (4 weeks)
Austria, September 2003 (3 days)
Texas & Arizona, July-August 2003 (3 weeks)
California, August 2002 (1 week)
Dominican Republic, November 2000 (1 week)
Costa Rica, January 2000 (4 weeks)
(*Expeditions led)

Entomological Collections Visited

Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY
Bernice P. Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HI
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA
Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada
Cornell University Insect Collection, Ithaca, NY
Czech National Insect Collection, Prague, Czech Republic
Enns Entomological Museum, University of Missouri, Columbia, MS
Essig Museum of Entomology, UC-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL.
Florida State Collection of Arthropods, Gainesville, FL
Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio), Santo Domingo, Costa Rica
Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia
Museo de Artrópodos de la Universidad de Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela
Museo del Instituto de Zoologia Agrícola, Maracay, Venezuela
Museo de Artrópodos, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador.
Museo de Zoologia, Universidad de Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica.
Museum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, France
Museum of Comparative Zoology (Harvard University), Cambridge, MA
Museum of Southwestern Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
National Zoological Collection of Suriname, Paramaribo, Suriname.
Natural History Museum (British Museum), London, UK
Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna, Austria
North Carolina State University Entomological Museum, Raleigh, NC
Ohio State University Insect Collection, Columbus, OH
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, CA
Snow Entomological Museum, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
United States National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC
Universidad de los Andes, Mérida, Venezuela
University of Delaware Reference Collection, Newark, DE
Zoologische Staatssammlung, Munich, German

August 4, 2012

From Andrew:

After a day of rest back in Paramaribo after our Voltzberg adventure, we loaded up the trucks today and headed for Brownsberg Nature Park, which sits atop a 1500 ft. mountain a few hours drive south of the capital (no unusual transportation required...). Upon arriving at the structure where we hung our hammocks, we had a surprise: A KU Jayhawk decal on the wall! If surrounding dates are any indication, it seems to be around 10 years old.

 

 

 

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