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Thomas McElrath
Title: Insect Collection Manager
Mailing address:
1816 South Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Office address:
607 E. Peabody Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
Address mailcode: 652
Office room:
Location: NRB 291
Phone: 217-300-5938


Insect systematics; evolution; biodiversity; insect conservation; Coleoptera; Cucujoidea; Coccinelloidea; Monotomidae; collections manager of Insect Collection


Current Projects:

Systematics of Monotomidae: Monotomidae of Georgia; Revision of the genus Bactridium (Coleoptera: Monotomidae)

IDOT Bombus affinis taskings

Curation: Day-to-day management of INHS Insect Collections; Beatty Collection Integration and Digitization; INHS Slide Collection Curation; Profiling Coleoptera Collection

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Professional affiliations:

Coleopterists Society; Entomological Society of America; Entomological Collections Network; Georgia Entomological Society

Selected publications:

McElrath TC. 2017. Beetles (Coleoptera) of Peru: A Survey of the Families. Monotomidae Laporte, 1840. Revista Peruana de Biología. 24(2):187-192. DOI:

McElrath TC, OF Boyd, JV McHugh. 2016. MonotomidGen – A matrix-based interactive key to the New World genera of Monotomidae (Coleoptera, Cucujoidea). ZooKeys. 634: 47-55. DOI:

McElrath TC, OF Boyd, JV McHugh. 2016. MonotomidGen — a web resource of identification tools for minute clubbed beetles. Available

McElrath TC, RA Androw, JV McHugh. 2016. Antibothrus morimotoi Sasaji, an Old World cocoon-forming beetle (Coleoptera: Coccinelloidea: Bothrideridae) newly established in North America. Zootaxa. 4154(3): 323-330. DOI:

McElrath TC. 2016. Monotomidae Laporte, 1840. in Catálogo Taxonômico da Fauna do Brasil,

McElrath TC, JA Robertson, MC Thomas, J Osborne, KB Miller, JV McHugh, MF Whiting. 2015. A molecular phylogenetic study of Cucujidae sensu lato (Coleoptera: Cucujoidea). Systematic Entomology 40(4):705-718. DOI: 10.1111/syen.12133 - inc. in “Coleoptera Evolution” Virtual Issue 2015

DA Jenkins, C Millan-Hernandez, AR Cline, TC McElrath, B Irish, R. Goenaga. 2015. Attraction of Pollinators to Atemoya (Annona squamosa x Annona cherimola) in Puerto Rico Using Commercial Lures and Food Attractants. Journal of Economic Entomology. 108(4):1923-1929. DOI: 10.1093/jee/tov136

McElrath TC, Y Bousquet, & JV McHugh. 2012. Monotomidae. Monotomid Beetles, Root-eating Beetles. in The Tree of Life Web Project,

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PhD: Entomology, 2017, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

BA: Biology, 2010, Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA

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