Maxi Polihronakis


Maxi Polihronakis


Dr. Maxi Polihronakis recently joined the California Beetle Project at the end of May after finishing her Ph.D. on Phyllophaga scarab beetles at the University of Connecticut. Her general research interests are focused on beetles in areas such as systematics, phylogeography, the link between population genetics and phylogenetics, and morphological evolution. Her contribution to the California Beetle Project will involve developing nuclear markers to assess concordance with phylogeographic hypotheses inferred using mitochondrial markers.

Maxi Polihronakis, Ph. D.
Department of Invertebrate Zoology
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol Rd. 
Santa Barbara, CA 93105 USA

TEL: 805-682-4711 x149
FAX: 805-563-0574


Selected publications:

Polihronakis, M. Hierarchical comparative analysis of genetic and genitalic geographic structure: testing divergence patterns of genitalia in the scarab beetle Phyllophaga hirticula (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, in press.

Polihronakis, M. 2007. New species of Phyllophaga Harris from the North Carolina Cape Fear River Basin, (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Coleopterists Bulletin 61(3): 429-433.

Polihronakis, M. 2006. Morphometric analysis of intraspecific shape variation in male and female genitalia of the scarab beetle Phyllophaga hirticula. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 99: 144-150.


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