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Welcome to the pages of the ZSM Beetle / Aquatic Insect lab on ZSM Entomology

You might find fotos of recent events here

And our website is → here

"There's a road I'd like to tell you about, lives in my home town

Entomology Drive the road is called and it'll take you up or down

From rats on up to riches fifteen minutes you can fly

Pretty blue lights along the way, help you right on by"

Beetle Lab Members

  • Ditta Amran Balke, Project and Collections Management

Associated Researcher


  • Rawati Panjaitan (UNIPA: State University of Papua, Manokwari, 2014, DFG Initiation of bilateral cooperation grant)
  • Agust Kilmaskossu (UNIPA: State University of Papua, Manokwari, 2015)
  • Dr. Wisrutta Atthakor (Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand, 30.01.2016-12.03.2016, DFG Initiation of bilateral cooperation grant)
  • Pramesa Narakusumo MSc (LIPI Zoology. Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense, Indonesia, August / November 2016, BMBF INDOBIOSYS Project)
  • Dr. Susi Melina (Padang, Indonesia, September 2016-September 2017, DAAD postdoctoral fellowship associated with BMBF Biodiversity / Biohealth program)


  • Dr. Jesus Gomez-Zurita (Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Postdoctoral Fellow) now at
  • Dr. Jiri Skuhrovec (Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Postdoctoral Fellow) now at Crop Research Institute, Prague
  • Dr. Oliver Hawlitschek, DFG PhD student (now at ZSM Herpetology) - finished his PhD summa cum laude - excellent! Oli is now in Barcelona.
  • Dr Arnaud Faille (Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Postdoctoral Fellow and then DFG Postdoctoral Fellow), he is now in Paris and also Associated Researcher at ZSM.
  • Dr. Bruno Cancian de Araujo, who ran our INDOBIOSYS related activities at ZSM. He is not back to Brazil and working as an independent consultant with us.
  • Dr Carolin Kindler (DFG Postdoctoral Fellow, 12.2017-2.2018), Research Assistant (and unfortunately not for too long)


Citizen Science Portal - Diving Beetles of Bali and Thailand

We explore the opportunities that emerge when highly motivated citizen scientists equip themselves with collecting gear, smartphones and WhatsApp...

and here launch the WhatsApp / GoogleMaps powered Diving Beetles of Bali Project.

as well as the Diving Beetles of Thailand Project.

Our Favourite Partner


Species ID page of the month

Computing hints

The Beetle D N A Lab

Here you find protocols, primer sequences and references and basically a guide to sequencing happiness.

And when things go wrong...


Meetings we participate in



Here we provide habitat pictures and all sorts of background on how to collect the beetles we study.

Stammtisch Bayerischer Coleopterologen

These are the pages of the working group of Bavarian Coleopterologists... from here on in German!

Willkommen beim Arbeitskreis der bayerischen Käferfreunde. Klicken Sie hier, um zu unseren Internetseiten zu gelangen: Arbeitskreis der bayerischen Käferfreunde

Lab orders

Bioline: Agnieszka Siekaniec,, Angebotsnummer 2015: AS1501164