Collecting dung beetles at Ravlunda, Scania.
Photo: John-Erik Nilsson.
Mattias Forshage is a scarab enthusiast from Stockholm and Uppsala in
Sweden. His major interests are phylogeny and taxonomy of Scarabaeoidea
(Aphodiinae and Scarabaeinae in particular) and faunistics and
conservation of dung beetles. He also has general interests in
phylogenetic methods, zoological nomenclature, biogeography,
entomological history, philosophy of science, and dung ecology. He has
extensive collecting experience in Sweden but also some collecting and
museum work in other parts of the world. Has has been working with
sorting specimens, locating type specimens, and supporting visiting
scarab workers in the museums of Stockholm and Uppsala. He has
suspended his former studies in population trends of Swedish
laparosticti, conservation actions for threatened dung beetles, and
aphodiine and scarabaeine phylogeny in favor of Ph.D. studies in
parasitic wasp systematics (Cynipoidea, particularly Eucoilinae) under