Michael Caterino

John and Suzanne Morse Chair of Arthropod Biodiversity
Plant and Environmental Sciences Department

Office: E254 Poole Ag. Center
Phone: 864-656-3105
Email: mcateri@clemson.edu
Personal Website: https://sites.google.com/site/caterinolab/


 Educational Background

Ph.D. Entomology
University of California, Berkeley 1998

B.S. Biology
University of Mississippi 1992

 Courses Taught

Conservation Genetics
Immature Insects
Biodiversity and Systematics
Creative Inquiry - Insects of the Clemson Forest
Creative Inquiry - Insect Ambassadors


My research involves a range of questions on beetle biology, including speciation, taxonomy, faunistics, and deep phylogenetic relationships. While my primary specialty is the systematics of beetles in the family Histeridae, my intraspecific and faunistic work has covered much of the range of beetle diversity.

I am interested in making sense of beetles' overwhelming diversity, examining a variety of factors, environmental, geological, and ecological, that have influenced their diversification over a range of spatial and temporal scales.

Beyond exploring scientific questions, I am dedicated to sharing my fascination with the wonders of insect diversity with as broad an audience as possible, and hold onto the hope that a love and appreciation for nature will enable us to conserve a substantial portion of it.


Schwermann, A.H., dos Santos Rolo, T., Caterino, M.S., Bechly, G., Schmied, H., Baumbach, T., & van de Kamp, T. 2016. Preservation of three-dimensional anatomy in phosphatized fossil arthropods enriches evolutionary inference. ELife 5: e12129.

Caterino, M.S. and A.K. Tishechkin. 2016. A systematic revision of Megalocraerus Lewis. ZooKeys 557: 59-78.

Caterino, M.S., K. Wolf-Schwenninger and G. Bechly. 2015. Cretonthophilus tuberculatus, a remarkable new genus and species of histerid beetle (Coleoptera: Histeridae) from Middle Cretaceous Burmese amber. Zootaxa 4052: 241-245.

Caterino, M.S., Caterino, K.J., and D.R. Maddison. 2015. Extant! Living Bembidion palosverdes Kavanaugh & Erwin (Carabidae) found on Santa Catalina Island, California. The Coleopterists Bulletin 69(3): 410-411.

McKenna, D.D., Wild, A.L., Kanda, K., Bellamy, C.L., Beutel, R.G., Caterino, M.S., Farnum, C.W., Hawks, D.C., Ivie, M.A., Jameson, M.L., Leschen, R.A.B., Marvaldi, A.E., McHugh, J.V., Newton, A.F., Robertson, J.A., Thayer, M.K., Whiting, M.F., Lawrence, J.F., Slipinski, A., Maddison, D.R., and B.D. Farrell 2015. Beetles survived the end Permian mass extinction to diversify during the Cretaceous terrestrial revolution. Systematic Entomology 40: 835-880.

Caterino, M.S., M. Polihronakis and S. Chatzimanolis. 2015. On the origins of the insect fauna of California’s Channel Islands: A comparative phylogeographic study of island beetles. Proceedings of the 8th California Channel Islands Symposium; Monograph of the Western North American Naturalist 7: 276-296.

Naughton, I., M.S. Caterino, C. Hanna and D. Holway. 2015. Contributions to an arthropod inventory of Santa Cruz Island, California. Proceedings of the 8th California Channel Islands Symposium; Monograph of the Western North American Naturalist 7: 297-305.

Leivas, F.W.T, Pessoa, D., and M.S. Caterino. 2015. Brazilian Histerini: A new species, key to the genera, and checklist of species. Zootaxa 3941: 437-444.

Caterino, M.S. and A.K. Tishechkin. 2015. Phylogeny and generic limits in New World Exosternini (Coleoptera: Histeridae: Histerinae). Systematic Entomology 40: 109-142.

McKenna, D.D., Farrell, B.D., Caterino, M.S., Farnum, C.W., Hawks, D.C., Maddison, D.R., Seago, A., Short, A.E.Z., Newton, A.F., Thayer, M.K. 2015. Phylogeny and evolution of Staphyliniformia (and Scarabaeiformia): Litter as a stepping stone for diversification of non-phytophagous beetles. Systematic Entomology 40: 35-60.

Dégallier, N., M.S. Caterino, and A.K. Tishechkin. 2014. Notes sur la série typique de Baconia chilense (Redtenbacher, 1868) et désignation de lectotypes (Coleoptera, Histeridae, Histerinae, Exosternini) Bulletin de la Societe Entomologique de France 119: 237-238.

Caterino, M.S. and A.K. Tishechkin. 2014. New genera and species of Neotropical Exosternini. ZooKeys 381: 11-78.

Caterino, M.S, A.K. Tishechkin and G.A. Proudfoot. 2013. A new genus and species of North American Exosternini associated with cavity nesting owls, and a reassignment of Phelister simoni Lewis (Histeridae: Histerinae: Exosternini). Coleopterists Bulletin 67(4): 557-565.

Caterino, M.S. and A.K. Tishechkin. 2013. A systematic revision of the genus Baconia Lewis. Zookeys 343: 1-297.

Caterino, M.S., N. Dégallier, Y. Gomy, A.K. Tishechkin and S. Mazur. 2013. The Fourth World Congress of Histeridology, Santa Barbara, CA, February, 2012. Le Coleopteriste 16: 43-45.

Caterino, M.S. and A.K. Tishechkin. 2013. Case 3610: Phelister Marseul, 1853 (Insecta, Coleoptera, Histeridae): proposed conservation of usage. Bulletin of the ICZN 70(1): 12-14.

Caterino, M.S. and A.K. Tishechkin. 2013. A systematic revision of the genus Operclipygus Marseul. ZooKeys. 271: 1-401.

McCoshum, S.M, M.S. Caterino and A.R. Cline. 2012. Introduced Sap Beetles (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) on Santa Catalina Island, California. Coleopterists Bulletin 66(4): 347-350.

Caterino, M.S, A.K. Tishechkin and Y. Gomy. 2012. Lactholister tricinctus Cooman, 1932: une double synonymie conséquence de l'isolement. L'entomologiste 68: 151-153.

Degallier, N, Arriagada, G., Kanaar, P., Moura, D.P., Tishechkin, A.K., Caterino, M.S. & W.B. Warner. 2012. Coleoptera Histeridae de Guyane. VII. Compléments au catalogue avec des données sur la faune du Surinam et une contribution à la connaissance des Saprininae. pp 33-52, in Coléoptères de Guyane. Tome VI. ACOREP-France. Paris.

Caterino, M.S, A.K. Tishechkin and N. Dégallier. 2012. A revision of the genus Mecistostethus Marseul (Coleoptera: Histeridae). ZooKeys 213: 63-78.

Dégallier, N., S. Mazur, A.K. Tishechkin and M.S. Caterino. 2012. A revision of the genus Kaszabister Mazur. ZooKeys 199: 71-89.

Polihronakis, M. and M.S. Caterino. 2012. Asymmetric dispersal and ecological factors mediate geographic effects on phylogeographic structure of the western banded glowworm, Zarhipis integripennis (Coleoptera: Phengodidae) in California’s Transverse Ranges. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 105(2): 241-252.

Dégallier, N., Y. Gomy, F. Penati, M.S. Caterino, T. Théry, and A.K. Tishechkin. 2011. Troisième Congrès mondial d'Histéridologie à Paris, le 3 Septembre 2010. Le Coleopteriste 14(3): 199-203.

Chandler, D.S. and M.S. Caterino. 2011. A taxonomic revision of the New World genus Oropodes Casey (Staphylinidae: Pselaphinae). A Festschrift in honor of Dr. Ross Bell. ZooKeys 147: 425-477.

Polihronakis, M., M.S. Caterino and S. Chatzimanolis. 2010. Elucidating the phylogeographic structure among a mosaic of unisexual and bisexual populations of the weevil Geodercodes latipennis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in the Transverse Ranges of southern California. Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society 101: 935-948.

Caterino, M.S. and D.S. Chandler. 2010. A new species of Actium Casey (Staphylinidae: Pselaphinae) endemic to Santa Catalina Island, California. Coleopterists Bulletin 64(3): 187-191.

Chatzimanolis, S., L.A. Norris, and M.S. Caterino. 2010. Multi-island endemicity: the phylogeography and conservation of Coelus pacificus darkling beetles on the California Channel Islands. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 103: 785-795.

Polihronakis, M. and M.S. Caterino. 2010. Contrasting patterns of phylogeographic relationships in sympatric sister species of ironclad beetles (Phloeodes spp.) in California’s Transverse Ranges. Bmc Evolutionary Biology 10(195): 1-11.

Pfeiler, E., J.E. Vergara-Quintanar, S. Castrezana, M.S. Caterino and T.A. Markow. 2010. Phylogenetic relationships of Sonoran Desert cactus beetles in the tribe Hololeptini (Coleoptera: Histeridae: Histerinae), with comments on the taxonomic status and population biology of Iliotona beyeri. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 56: 474-479.

Caterino, M.S. 2010. A review of California Margarinotus Marseul (Coleoptera: Histeridae: Histerinae: Histerini), with descriptions of two new species. Coleopterists Bulletin 64: 1-12.

Polihronakis, M. and M.S. Caterino. 2010. Multilocus phylogeography of the flightless darkling beetle Nyctoporis carinata (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) in the California Floristic Province: deciphering an evolutionary mosaic. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 99: 424-444.

Tishechkin, A.K. and M.S. Caterino. 2009. A new North American genus of the Hetaeriinae (Coleoptera: Histeridae), with descriptions of six new species from U.S.A. and Mexico. Zootaxa 2311: 1-18.

Hopp, K.J. and M.S. Caterino. 2009. Seven new species of Cephennium Müller and Kunze (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Scydmaeninae: Cephenniini) from California with a key to native North American species. ZooKeys 24: 31-54.

Paulsen, M.J. and M.S. Caterino. 2009. The Platycerus (Coleoptera: Lucanidae) of California, with the recognition of Platycerus cribripennis Van Dyke as a valid species. ZooKeys 8: 89-94.

Short, A.E.Z and M.S. Caterino. 2009. On the validity of habitat as a predictor of genetic structure in aquatic systems: a comparative study using California water beetles. Molecular Ecology 18:403-414.

Caterino, M.S. and S. Chatzimanolis. 2009. Conservation genetics of three flightless beetle species in Southern California. Conservation Genetics 10: 203-216.


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