Nikolai J Tatarnic

CURATOR OF ENTOMOLOGY

Department of Terrestrial Zoology, Western Australian Museum
Locked Bag 49, Welshpool, 6986, Australia,+61 08 9212 3791

nikolai.tatarnic[at]museum.wa.gov.au |
niktatarnic[at]gmail.com

publications and citations: Google scholar 

NEW NEWS
Since beginning my job at the Western Australian Museum in mid-2013 things have been a bit hectic. As I try to acclimatise to the arcane arts of public service, the upkeep of this website has been woefully neglected.

OLD NEWS
We have just been awarded a National Geographic Society CRE grant. Click here to follow along as we explore the sex lives of bugs in Tahiti. Our Annual Review of Entomology article is online. Latest Paper in American Naturalist now online. See the write-up in Nature News, listen to interview on Quirks and Quarks.

RESEARCH SUMMARY
I am a biologist specializing in the evolution and systematics of Australasian and Indo-Pacific insects. I use a multidisciplinary approach, combining morphological, molecular and behavioural studies to explore various aspects of the evolution and diversity of True Bugs (Heteroptera), and more recently grasshoppers (Orthoptera). I am particularly interested in the role of sex in evolution - how sexual selection drives morphology and behaviour at both micro- and macroevolutionary scales, ultimately leading to speciation.