Dr Alonso-Zarazaga’s research is primarily focused on the systematics, taxonomy and evolution of Coleoptera Curculionoidea, with special interest in the families Apionidae and Nanophyidae worldwide, and in the fauna of the Iberian peninsula and neighbouring areas. He is also interested in the plant-insect relationship and the host shifting. Among his contributions are the review of supraspecific taxa in the Palaearctic region of Nanophyidae (1989) and Apionidae (1990), his role as member of the Advisory Board, Taxonomic Expert and Group Coordinator of a part of the Coleoptera for the Project Fauna Europaea (2000-2004), the publication (together with Dr. C.H.C. Lyal) of a World Catalogue of Family and Genus names of Curculionoidea (1999) and its sequel, the World Weevil Database known as WTaxa (http://wtaxa.csic.es) which will house more than 140,000 names and data on the Curculionoidea, including an extensive bibliography and an electronic library. He is deeply interested in zoological nomenclature, having translated into Spanish the 4th Edition of the Code and being one of the four original founders of the European Association for Zoological Nomenclature.
Summary of Research & Education:
Born in Melilla on 5th March 1956, Miguel learned classical languages at school and he was later trained as a botanist and geneticist at the Universities of Málaga and Granada, specialising in Fabaceae, but later, under Dr. A Cobos’s (the famous coleopterist) guidance and advice, he shifted towards the study of the insects attacking these plants, and specially weevils. His Dr.Sc. degree was obtained in Málaga on 24 September 1985 on the systematics of the Palaearctic Apionidae (s.l.). He was a secondary school professor and amateur entomologist until he won an entomologist position in the National Museum of Natural History (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales) in 1989, where he has been Head of Department for more than 5 years. Since then, he has devoted his efforts to the study of the Iberian fauna (and neighbouring areas) of Curculionoidea and other weevils worldwide, as well as to the constructions of entomological databases, having collaborated with the European Environmental Agency, Fauna Ibérica and Species 2000 and served with the ECAT subcommittee of the GBIF. He has taught also courses on zoological nomenclature, one of these (20 hrs.) is institutionally held and offered every year by the Museum Friends’ Society.
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