Division of Arthropods

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phone: (505) 277-1360
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tarantula hawk wasp

Division of Arthropods
Museum of Southwestern Biology
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Division of Arthropods
Museum of Southwestern Biology
302 Yale Blvd NE
CERIA 83, Room 204
Albuquerque, NM 87131
shipping contact: 505-277-1360

Research at the Division of Arthropods

Google Scholar collection-based

Systematics and Taxonomy

Kelly collecting

Phylogeny and systematics of beetle (Dytiscidae, Hydradephaga, Cucujoidea Dytiscidae), web-spinners (Embiidina) and grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Oedipodinae) - Kelly Miller

Inventory and systematics of moths (Lepidoptera) of White Sands National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and Oliver Lee State Park, New Mexico - Eric Metzler

Systematic revisionary work of the North American band-winged grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Oedipodinae, esp. Trimerotropini), and the North American katydid genera Eremopedes, Pediodectes, Ateloplus, and Steiroxys (Orthoptera) - David Lightfoot 

Diversity and distribution of Southwestern sheet-web weaver spiders (Linyphiidae) - Sandra Brantley

green lynx spider
long-horned beetle


An inventory survey of the arthropods of White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, USA, and Cuatrocienegas Protected Area, Coahuila, Mexico - David Lightfoot and Kelly Miller

Relationships between grasshopper assemblages, prairie dogs, vegetation and soils at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, and the Janos Conservation Area, Chihuahua Mexico - David Lightfoot and Ana Davidson

Inventory and monitoring of arthropods at Valles Caldera National Preserve, New Mexico, and Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Park, Washington - Robert Parmenter

Community ecology of grasshoppers of the Jornada Basin and at the Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research sites, New Mexico, relative to climate change and vegetation dynamics - David Lightfoot

Long-term monitoring of ground-dwelling arthropods across an elevation gradient in the Jemez Mountains, New Mexico, in relation to climate change - David Lightfoot, Sandra Brantley, and Craig Allen (USGS)

Karen collecting
tiger beetle
collecting with black light