Lab Members

Members of the Engel Lab
(sensu lato)
Prof. Dr. Michael S. Engel, FLS
Senior Curator & Curator-in-Charge, Division of Entomology, Natural History Museum
Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Courtesy Curator, Division of Invertebrate Paleontology, Natural History Museum
Courtesy Professor, Department of Geology
Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History
Fellow (2000), The Linnean Society of London
Fellow (2008), The Paleontological Society
Fellow (2006), The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Fellow (2006), William T. Kemper Foundation Fellowships (in Teaching Excellence)
Senior Administrative Fellow (2013-2014), University of Kansas
Charles Schuchert Award (2008), The Paleontological Society
Bicentenary Medal (2009), The Linnean Society of London
University Scholarly Achievement Award (2014), University of Kansas
Editorial appointments (past appointments in lavender)
African Invertebrates (website), 2008-present
Annales Zoologici (website), 2008-present
Arthropod Systematics & Phylogeny (website), 2003-present
Biodiversity Data Journal (website), 2013-present
Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society (website), 2000-2009
Journal of Melittology (website), 2013-present
Journal of Paleontology (website), 2002-2012
Novitates Paleoentomologicae (website), 2013-present
Paleontological Contributions (website), 2009-present
Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne (website), 2011-present
Psyche (website), 2007-2010
Systematic Entomology (website), 2009-2013
Taprobanica (website), 2012-present
Uludag Aricilik Dergisi (website), 2007-2010
ZooKeys (website), 2008-present
Past appointments
Visiting Professor (2014-2015), King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Visiting Professor
(2011-2012), King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Associate Curator (2005-2008), Division of Entomology, KU
Associate Professor (2005-2008), Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, KU
Curator-in-Charge (2001-2002), Division of Entomology, KU
Assistant Curator (2000-2005), Division of Entomology, KU
Assistant Professor (2000-2005), Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, KU
Assistant Professor (2000-2001), Department of Entomology, KU
Research Scientist (1998-2000), American Museum of Natural History, NY
PhD (Entomology), 1998, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
BSc (Physiology & Cell Biology), 1993, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
BA (Chemistry), 1993, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Current graduate students
Mr. ChulWoo Shin (2015, PhD): systematics of Chrysomelidae (Coleoptera) (publications; GS), co-advisor: K. Jensen
Ms. Laura C.V. Breitkreuz (2018, PhD): systematics of Chrysopidae (Neuroptera)
Ms. Mabel Alvarado (2018, PhD): systematics of Ichneumonidae (Hymenoptera)
Current postdoctoral fellows
No one at present.
Former students (5 MA, 5 Phd)
Dr. Steven R. Davis, PhD 2014: systematics and development of weevils (Curculionoidea) (publications; GS)
Ms. Mabel Alvarado
, MA 2013: systematics of Alophophion (Ichneumonidae)
Dr. Daniel J. Bennett, PhD 2010: systematics of Crabronini (Crabronidae)
Dr. Ismael A. Hinojosa-Díaz, PhD 2010: systematics of Euglossa (Apidae)
Dr. Ming-luen Jeng, PhD 2008: systematics of Lampyridae (Coleoptera)
Mr. Steven R. Davis, MA 2008: systematics of Baridinae (Curculionidae)
Ms. Stephanie J. Swenson, MA 2007: systematics of Plociopterus (Staphylinidae)
Dr. Allan H. Smith-Pardo, PhD 2005: systematics of Neocorynura (Halictidae) (website)
Mr. Jon R. Kieckhefer, MA 2004: systematics of robber flies (Asilidae)
Mr. Daniel J. Bennett, MA 2004: systematics of Hawaiian Ophioninae (Ichneumonidae)
Former visiting students
Ms. Weiting Zhang (2011): systematics of Mesozoic Hemiptera
Mr. Taiping Gao (2011): systematics of Mesozoic Hymenoptera
Mr. Ricardo Pérez-de la Fuente (2010-2012): Spanish amber Neuropterida
Dr. Jaime Ortega-Blanco (2008, 2010): Spanish amber Hymenoptera (publications)
Dr. Ryan C. McKellar (2008, 2010-2011): Canadian amber arthropods (publications; GS)
Mrs. Mary Gikungu (2004): systematics of Kenyan Thrinchostoma (Halictidae)
Dr. Torsten Wappler (2002): Eckfeld Maar insects (publications; GS)
Dra. Favizia Freitas de Oliveira (2001): systematics of Frieseomelitta (Apidae)
Former postdoctoral fellows/visiting scientists
Dr. Ryan C. McKellar (2012-2014): Canadian amber paleontology (publications; GS)
Dr. Jaime Ortega-Blanco (2012-2014): Spanish amber Hymenoptera (publications)
Dr. Ismael A. Hinojosa-Díaz (2011-2012): systematics of orchid bees (Apidae)
Dr. Victor H. Gonzalez (2011-2012): systematics of Megachilini (Megachilidae) (website; GS)
Dra. Luisa Ruz (2004): systematics of Calliopsini (Andrenidae)
Dra. Isabel Alves dos Santos (2003): systematics of Ancyloscelis (Apidae)
Dra. Beatriz Coelho (2002): systematics of Caenohalictus (Halictidae)
Lab associates & collaborators
Dr. Charles D. Michener: bee systematics (Apoidea: Anthophila)
Dr. David A. Grimaldi: insect paleontology
Dr. Kumar Krishna: systematics of termites (Isoptera)
Dr. Roy J. Beckemeyer: Paleozoic insect systematics (website, publications)
Dr. Jakub Prokop: Paleozoic insect systematics (website; GS)
Dr. Jakub Straka: systematics of Cape Verde Island bees (Apoidea)
Dr. André Nel: insect paleontology
Dr. Dany Azar: insect paleontology (publications)
Dr. John L. Neff: bee systematics (Apoidea: Anthophila)
Dr. Xavier Delclòs: Spanish amber inclusions
Dr. Carmen Soriano: Synchrotron imaging of amber inclusions
Dr. Stylianos Chatzimanolis: fossil Staphyliniformia (website; GS)
Dr. Ricardo Ayala: systematics of Neotropical bees (Apoidea: Anthophila)
Dr. Vincent Perrichot: Cretaceous amber insects (publications; GS)
Dr. Zhiwei Liu: systematics of Cynipoidea (website)
Dr. Brian L. Beatty: paleomammalogy (website, publications)
Dr. Holger H. Dathe: systematics of Nothylaeus (Colletidae)
Dr. Sam W. Heads: systematics and paleontology of Orthopterida (website; GS)
Dr. Abdulaziz S. Alqarni: bee biodiversity & apiculture in Arabia (website)
Dr. Mohammad A. Hannan: systematics & biology of Arabian & Bangladeshi bees