International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature

Frank-T. Krell

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Area of Taxonomic Interest: Coleoptera

Country: United States

Role: Councillor

Elected: December 2006, see BZN 63 (4): 222–223.

Dr Frank-Thorsten Krell is Curator of Entomolgy at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He is an expert of scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea) and has published over 160 papers mainly on this group.

Summary of Research & Education:

He started his career at the age of ten in Germany by relocating insects from the nearby meadow into the family home and pinning them on a piece of cardboard. This has never stopped although the techniques became more sophisticated and the home changed frequently as usual with a scientific career. He studied biology and palaeontology in Tübingen where he gained his diploma in 1992 with a phylogenetic revision of the rhinoceros beetle genus Temnorhynchus (conserved by the ICZN) and his PhD in 1996 about functional morphology of cockchafer genitalia, genus Melolontha (conserved by the ICZN). He moved on to the Institute of Animal Ecology and Tropical Zoology of Würzburg University where he led a project on the diversity of dung beetles in Cöte d'Ivoire, West Africa, discovered his wife and dung beetle collaborator Sylvia Westerwalbesloh and married. After a year at the Zoological Research Institute and Museum Alexander Koenig in Bonn, he left Germany in 2000 for The Natural History Museum in London, and in early 2007 moved to Denver Museum of Nature and Science where he continues his work on taxonomy, systematics, diversity and palaeontology of scarab beetles.

Contact Details:

Dr Frank-T. Krell
Curator of Entomology 
Editor, Denver Museum of Nature & Science Annals
Commissioner, International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature
Department of Zoology 
Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 
2001 Colorado Boulevard 
Denver, CO 80205-5798 USA 
Tel. +1 303.370-8244
Fax +1 303.331.6492 
E-mail: frank.krell (at) dmns (dot) org