SKim_holding_Anoplophora1I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Farrell Lab, Harvard University. I am broadly interested in the biology and evolution of beetles (Order Coleoptera) with special emphasis on the cause of their unique mega-biodiversity, most famously remarked by J.B.S. Haldane as the Creator’s apparent "inordinate fondness for beetles" (Hutchinson, 1959).

My research focuses on understanding the evolutionary mechanism underlying the ecological success of Anoplophora longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae: Lamiinae) through a comparative genomic approach. As part of the project, I am working on resolving a complete phylogeny of Anoplophora and its relatives using target enrichment sequencing. An updated taxonomic revision of the group is also underway. Other research projects include studying the adaptive radiation of diurnal longhorned beetles in the tribe Solenopterini (Cerambycidae: Prioninae) across the Caribbean Islands.

As an undergraduate at Harvard, I studied the systematics and biogeography of world stag beetles (Coleoptera: Lucanidae) with a particular focus on southern hemisphere lineages whose disjunct distribution suggested for the possibility of their vicariance following the continental break-up of Gondwana.

* Hutchinson, G.E. (1959) Homage to Santo Rosalia or Why Are There So Many Kinds of Animals? The American Naturalist 93: 145–159.

  • A_macularia_live_Taiwan

    Anoplophora macularia (Thomson, 1865)

    A male resting on Citrus sp. in Miaoli, Taiwan

  • A_horsefieldii_Taiwan_live

    Anoplophora horsfieldii (Hope, 1842)

    A female resting on the trunk of Acer sp. in Baling, Taiwan

  • A_glabripennis_Korea_live

    Anoplophora glabripennis (Motschulsky, 1853)

    An invasive population of Anoplophora glabripennis infesting horse-chestnut trees (Aesculus sp.) in Seoul, Korea

  • Pseudonemophas_versteegii_Vietnam

    Pseudonemophas versteegii (Ritsema, 1881)

    from Me Linh Station for Biodiversity near Tam Dao National Park, Vietnam

  • a_flavo

    Anoplophora flavomaculata (Gressitt, 1935)

    from Taiwan (courtesy of Mr. Y. Chiu)

  • A_wusheana

    Anoplophora wusheana Chang, 1960

    from Taichung City, Taiwan

  • Anoplophora_freyi_China

    Anoplophora freyi (Breuning, 1946)

    from Hunan, China

  • Anoplophora_elegans_Vietnam

    Anoplophora elegans (Gahan, 1888)

    from Bac Giang, Northern Vietnam

  • Solenopterine radiation in the Caribbean

    The prionine tribe Solenopterini may represent a novel example of adaptive radiation in the Caribbean. Images by Kim and Pirkl.

  • Solenoptera bilineata

    Solenoptera bilineata (Fabricius, 1775)

    from Puerto Rico

  • Elateropsis trimarginatus (Cazier & Lacey, 1952)

    The holotype specimen of E. trimarginatus from Inagua, Bahamas. Depository: Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University

  • Psephactus remiger (Harold, 1879)

    A pupa and a pair soon after emergence - from Jejudo (Is.), South Korea