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Alfred Newton

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Alfred F. (Al) Newton is a research scientist affiliated with Field Museum since 1985 as Assistant Curator (to 1991), Associate Curator (to 2008), and now Curator Emeritus in the Zoology Department's Division of Insects.  His research is primarily on the taxonomy, classification, phylogeny and evolution of one large group of beetles (Coleoptera: Staphyliniformia, or rove beetles and allies) which is larger than Vertebrata and includes more than 78,600 named species worldwide.  He has conducted more than three years of field work worldwide, mainly in the United States, Mexico, Chile, Australia and New Zealand, and has produced more than 100 peer-reviewed research publications as well as many scientific notes and reports, and contributed to building several web resources (e.g., here).

Contact:
    Integrative Research Center (Insects)
    Field Museum of Natural History
    1400 South Lake Shore Drive
    Chicago, Illinois  60605-2496  USA
        Phone: (312) 665-7738;  FAX: (312) 665-7754

Additional Information

Education

  • Ph. D., Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; June 1973 (Thesis: A systematic revision of the rove beetle genus Platydracus in North America (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae); 318 pp., 222 figs.)
  • A. M., Harvard University; March 1970 (chemistry)
  • A. B. (With Highest Honors), Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey; June 1966 (chemistry)
  • Riverside High School, Riverside, New Jersey; June 1962
  • Fellowships:
        Richmond Fellowship (Harvard University), 1970-1973
        Teaching Fellowship (Harvard University), 1969-1973
        National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1966-1969
        New Jersey State Scholarship, 1962-1966
  • Foreign Languages:
        French (reading, limited speaking knowledge)
        German (reading, limited speaking knowledge)
        Spanish (reading, limited speaking knowledge)

Grants & awards

  • Research Grants:

National Science Foundation SystBio grant, 2007-2011 ($114,742 at FMNH; Collaborative research: Phylogenetic reclassification and generic revision of the rove beetle tribe Staphylinini (Insecta: Coleoptera: Staphylinidae); PI, with S. Chatzimanolis (PI), A. Solodovnikov (co-PI), M. Engel (co-PI)

National Science Foundation AToL program, 2005-2010, subcontract from Harvard University for Staphyliniformia TWiG ($125,951; COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: Assembling the Beetle Tree of Life (BToL) (Senior Collaborator, with B. D. Farrell, Harvard University, Lead PI; D. R. Maddison, University of Arizona, PI; M. F. Whiting, Brigham Young University, PI; M. K. Thayer, Staphyliniformia TWiG leader)

National Science Foundation PEET grant, 2001-2010 ($719,831; Monography, phylogeny, and historical biogeography of austral Staphylinidae; co-PI, with M. Thayer as PI)

National Science Foundation research grant, 1989-1993 ($89,009; Revision of New World Platydracus spp.)

American Philosophical Society, 1989 ($2,200; Museum study trip to Europe)

Ernst Mayr Grant, Harvard University, 1989 ($1,500; Museum study trip to Europe)

National Geographic Society research grant 3420-86, 1986-1987 ($7,620; Field work in Australia)

National Geographic Society research grant 2950-84, 1984-1985 ($5,600; Field work in New Zealand)

National Academy of Sciences, Joseph Henry Fund, 1982-1983 ($1,050; Field work in Chile and Peru)

American Philosophical Society, Johnson Fund, 1982-1983 ($1,400; Field work in Chile and Peru)

Australian Biological Resources Study research grant, 1980 ($1,134; Field work and museum studies in Australia)

American Philosophical Society, Johnson Fund, 1980 ($1,800; Field work in Australia and New Zealand)

National Science Foundation research grant (with J. F. Lawrence, P.I., and T. F. Hlavac), 1975-1978 ($35,800; Phylogenetic and evolutionary studies in polyphagan Coleoptera)

  • Curatorial Grants:

National Science Foundation, February 2006-February 2010 ($406,912: Digitization, Conversion, and Accessibility of The Field Museum's Bat Fly Collection, co-PI with PI C. W. Dick, co-PIs B. D. Patterson & J. McCaffrey)

National Science Foundation, April 1996-December 1998 ($403,149 including $60,583 in indirect costs: Expansion and improvement of the Field Museum pinned insect collection, PD with co-PD M. Thayer; $5,582: RAMHSS supplement, PD with co-PDs M. Thayer and B. Ballard)

National Science Foundation, 1989-1994 ($710,047 including $270,037 in indirect costs: Care and use of the collections of Insects and other Arthropods of the Field Museum of Natural History; PD, with J. Kethley, co-PD)

  • Honors and Honorary Societies:

    Outstanding Paper of the Year Award, Coleopterists Society, for 2003 Coleopterists Bulletin (2004)
    Merck Award (1966)
    Phi Beta Kappa (1965)
    American Chemical Society Award (1965)
    Rufus Edgar Kleinhans Memorial Prize (1963)

Publications

Peer-reviewed research [PDFs available on request]

 

Bachmann, A. O., M. Chani-Posse, M. E. Guala & A. F. Newton. [2017]. A catalog of the types of Staphylinidae (Insecta, Coleoptera) deposited in the Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales, Buenos Aires (MACN). Zootaxa (in press).

Peck, S. B. & A. F. Newton. [2017]. An annotated catalog of the Leiodidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) of the Nearctic Region (continental North America north of Mexico). Coleopterists Bulletin (in press).

Kilian, A. & A. F. Newton. 2017. Morphology of the immature stages of Platycholeus Horn, 1880 (Coleoptera: Leiodidae: Cholevinae: Leptodirini). Zoologischer Anzeiger 266: 158-168.

Newton, A. F. 2016. Sphaeritidae Shuckard, 1839; Synteliidae Lewis, 1882; Staphylinoidea Latreille, 1802: Introduction, phylogeny; Agyrtidae Thomson, 1859; Leiodidae Fleming, 1821, pp. 274-281, 315-316, 356-376. In: Beutel, R. G. & R. A. B. Leschen (eds.). Coleoptera, Beetles. Vol. 1: Morphology and systematics (Archostemata, Adephaga, Myxophaga, Polyphaga partim). 2nd edition. Handbook of Zoology; Arthropoda: Insecta (ed. R. G. .Beutel & N. P. Kristensen); De Gruyter, Berlin/Boston. xvii, 684 pp.  

Cai, Chenyang, A. F. Newton, M. K. Thayer, R. A. B. Leschen & Diying Huang. 2016. Specialized proteinine rove beetles shed light on insect-fungal associations in the Cretaceous. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London (B) 283 (20161439): 1-8; online supplement (4 pp.).

Yin, Zi-Wei, A. F. Newton & Tie-Xiong Zhao. 2016. Odontalgus dongbaiensis sp. n. from eastern China, and a world catalog of Odontalgini (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Pselaphinae). Zootaxa 4117 (4): 567-579.

McKenna, D. D., A. L. Wild, K. Kanda, C. L. Bellamy, R. G. Beutel, M. S. Caterino, C. W. Farnum, D. C. Hawks, M. A. Ivie, M. L. Jameson, R. A. B. Leschen, A. E. Marvaldi, J. V. McHugh, A. F. Newton, J. A. Robertson, M. K. Thayer, M. F. Whiting, J. F. Lawrence, A. Ślipiński, D. R. Maddison & B. D. Farrell. 2015 The beetle tree of life reveals that Coleoptera survived end-Permian mass extinction to diversify during the Cretaceous terrestrial revolution. Systematic Entomology 40 (4): 835-880.

Newton, A. F. 2015. Cyrtoscydmini Schaufuss, 1889 replaced by Glandulariini Schaufuss, 1889 (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Scydmaeninae). Coleopterists Bulletin 69 (4): 758-759.

Newton, A. F. 2015. Beetles (Coleoptera) of Peru: A survey of the families. Staphylinidae Latreille, 1802. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 88 (2): 283-304.

Newton, A. F. 2015. New nomenclatural and taxonomic acts, and comments: Hydrophilidae; Histeridae; Leiodidae; Staphylinidae, pp. 1-4, 9-15. In: Löbl, I. & D. Löbl (eds.). Catalogue of Palaearctic Coleoptera. Vol. 2. Revised and updated edition. Hydrophiloidea-Staphylinoidea. Brill, Leiden & Boston. Vol. 2/1, xiii, 1-900; 2/2, 901-1702.  

Chani-Posse, M. & A. F. Newton. 2015. Flohria Sharp - a relictual genus of the subtribe Philonthina from the Americas (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Staphylininae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 108 (3): 372-382.

Lackner, T., S. Mazur & A. F. Newton. 2015. Family Histeridae Gyllenhal, 1808, pp. 76-130. In: Löbl, I. & D. Löbl (eds.). Catalogue of Palaearctic Coleoptera. Vol. 2. Revised and updated edition. Hydrophiloidea - Staphylinoidea. Brill, Leiden & Boston. Vol. 2/1, xiii, 1-900; 2/2, 901-1702.  

Leschen, R. A. B. & A. F. Newton. 2015. Checklist and type designations of New Zealand Aleocharinae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Zootaxa 4028 (3): 301-353.

McKenna, D. D., B. D. Farrell, M. S. Caterino, C. W. Farnum, D. C. Hawks, D. R. Maddison, A. E. Seago, A. E. Z. Short, A. F. Newton & M. K. Thayer. 2015. Phylogeny and evolution of Staphyliniformia and Scarabaeiformia: forest litter as a stepping stone for diversification of nonphytophagous beetles. Systematic Entomology 40 (1): 35-60.

Schülke, M. & A. F. Newton. 2015. New nomenclatural and taxonomic acts, and comments: Staphylinidae, p. 5. In: Löbl, I. & D. Löbl (eds.). Catalogue of Palaearctic Coleoptera. Vol. 2. Revised and updated edition. Hydrophiloidea - Staphylinoidea. Brill, Leiden & Boston. Vol. 2/1, xiii, 1-900; 2/2, 901-1702.  

Seago, A. E., R. A. B. Leschen & A. F. Newton. 2015. Two new high altitude genera of Camiarini (Coleoptera: Leiodidae: Camiarinae) from Australia and New Zealand. Zootaxa 3957 (3): 300-312.

Cai, Chenyang, Diying Huang, A. F. Newton & M. K. Thayer 2014. Mesapatetica aenigmatica, a new genus and species of rove beetles (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) from the Middle Jurassic of China. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 87 (2): 219-224.

Cai, Chenyang, A. F. Newton, Diying Huang & Liang Tang. 2014. A new species of Platydracus Thomson, 1858 (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Staphylininae) from the upper Eocene Florissant beds, Colorado, USA. Palaeoworld 23 (3-4): 321-326.

Cai, Chen-Yang, M. K. Thayer, M. S. Engel, A. F. Newton, J. Ortega-Blanco, Bo Wang, Xiang-Dong Wang & Di-Ying Huang. 2014. Early origin of parental care in Mesozoic carrion beetles. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111 (39): 14170-14174; online supporting information (9 pp.).

Fikáček, M., Y. Minoshima & A. F. Newton. 2014. A review of Andotypus and Austrotypus gen. nov.,  rygmodine genera with Austral disjunction (Hydrophiloidea: Hydrophilidae: Rygmodinae). Annales Zoologici 64 (4): 557-596.

Navarrete-Heredia, J. L. & A. F. Newton. 2014. Biodiversidad de Staphylinidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) en México. Biodiversity of Staphylinidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) in Mexico. Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 85 (Suplemento): S332-S338.

Cai, Chen-yang, M. K. Thayer, Di-ying Huang, Xiang-dong Wang & A. F. Newton. 2013. A basal oxyteline rove beetle (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) from the Early Cretaceous of China: oldest record for the tribe Euphaniini. Comptes Rendus Palevol 12 (3): 159-163.

Chatzimanolis, S., A. F. Newton, C. Soriano & M. S. Engel. 2013. Remarkable stasis in a phloeocharine rove beetle from the Late Cretaceous of New Jersey (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Journal of Paleontology 87 (2): 177-182.

Klimaszewski, J., A. Brunke, V. Assing, D. W. Langor, A. F. Newton, C. Bourdon, G. Pelletier, R. P. Webster, L. Herman, L. Perdereau, A. Davies, A. Smetana, D. S. Chandler, + 2013. Synopsis of adventive species of Coleoptera (Insecta) recorded from Canada. Part 2: Staphylinidae. Pensoft Series Faunistica No. 104, Sofia-Moscow. 360 pp.  

Klimaszewski, J., M.-J. Morency, P. Labrie, A. Séguin, D. W. Langor, T. Work, C. Bourdon, E. Thiffault, D. Paré, A. F. Newton & M. K. Thayer. 2013. Molecular and microscopic analysis of the gut contents of abundant rove beetle species (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) in the boreal balsam fir forest of Quebec, Canada. ZooKeys 353: 1-24.

Lawrence, J. F., A. Ślipiński, R. G. Beutel & A. F. Newton. 2013. A possible larva of Lepicerus inaequalis Motschulsky (Coleoptera: Myxophaga: Lepiceridae) from Panama. Zootaxa 3701 (3): 393-400.

Navarrete-Heredia, J. L. & A. F. Newton. 2013. Staphylinidae of México: checklist updates and papers published between 2002-2013. Dugesiana 20 (2): 127-139.

Cai, Chenyang, Diying Huang, M. K. Thayer & A. F. Newton. 2012. Glypholomatine rove beetles (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae): a southern hemisphere Recent group recorded from the Middle Jurassic of China. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 85 (3): 239-244.

Caron, E., C. S. Ribeiro-Costa &  A. F. Newton. 2012. Cladistic analysis and revision of Piestus Gravenhorst with remarks on related genera (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Piestinae). Invertebrate Systematics 25 (6): 490-585 [Corrigendum: 27 (1): 129; 2013].

Fikáček, M., R. A. B. Leschen, A. F. Newton & N. Gunter. 2012. Horelophus walkeri rediscovered: adult morphology and notes on biology (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae). Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 52 (1): 129-146.

Grebennikov, V. V. & A. F. Newton. 2012. Detecting the basal dichotomies in the monophylum of carrion and rove beetles (Insecta: Coleoptera: Silphidae and Staphylinidae) with emphasis on the Oxyteline group of subfamilies. Arthropod Systematics & Phylogeny 70 (3): 133-165.

Thayer, M. K., A. F. Newton & S. Chatzimanolis. 2012. Prosolierius, a new mid-Cretaceous genus of Solieriinae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) with three new species from Burmese amber. Cretaceous Research 34: 124-134.

Newton, A. F. 2011. Phylogenie und Systematik, pp. 1-4. In: Assing, V. & M. Schülke (eds.). Die Käfer Mitteleuropas. Band 4. Staphylinidae (exklusive Aleocharinae, Pselaphinae und Scydmaeninae). 2. Auflage. Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, Heidelberg. xii + 560 pp.  

Newton, A. F. 2011 [New name] In: Clarke, D. J. A revision of the New Zealand endemic rove beetle genus Agnosthaetus Bernhauer (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Coleopterists Society Monograph 10: 1-118.

Newton, A. F. 2011. [New name] In: Short, A. E. Z. & M. Fikáček. World catalogue of the Hydrophiloidea (Coleoptera): additions and corrections II (2006–2010). Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 51 (1): 83-122.

Bouchard, P., Y. Bousquet, A. E. Davies, M. A. Alonso-Zarazaga, J. F. Lawrence, C. H. C. Lyal, A. F. Newton, C. A. M. Reid, M. Schmitt, S. A. Ślipiński & A. B. T. Smith. 2011. Family-group names in Coleoptera (Insecta). ZooKeys 88: 1-972.

Brunke, A., A. Newton, J. Klimaszewski, C. Majka & S. Marshall. 2011. Staphylinidae of eastern Canada and adjacent United States. Key to subfamilies; Staphylininae: tribes and subtribes, and species of Staphylinina. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification 12: 1-110; interactive version at <http://www.biology.ualberta.ca/bsc/ejournal/bnkmm_12/bnkmm_12.html> [with downloadable lo- and hi-res pdfs].

Hlaváč, P., A. F. Newton & M. Maruyama. 2011. World catalogue of the species of the tribe Lomechusini (Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae). Zootaxa 3075: 1-151.

Lawrence, J. F., A. Ślipiński, A. E. Seago, M. K. Thayer, A. F. Newton & A. E. Marvaldi. 2011. Phylogeny of the Coleoptera based on morphological characters of adults and larvae. Annales Zoologici 61 (1): 1-217.

Anlaş, S. & A. F. Newton. 2010. Distributional checklist of the Staphylinidae (Coleoptera) of Iran, with new and additional records. Linzer Biologische Beiträge 42 (1): 335-388.

Chatzimanolis, S., M. S. Engel, A. F. Newton & D. A. Grimaldi. 2010. New ant-like stone beetles in mid-Cretaceous amber from Myanmar (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Scydmaeninae). Cretaceous Research 31 (1): 77-84.

Solodovnikov, A. & A. F. Newton. 2010. Revision of the rove beetle genus Antimerus (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Staphylininae), a puzzling endemic Australian lineage of the tribe Staphylinini. ZooKeys 67: 21-63.

Weide, D., M. K. Thayer, A. F. Newton & O. Betz. 2010. Comparative morphology of the head of selected sporophagous and non-sporophagous Aleocharinae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae): musculature and hypopharynx-prementum complex. Journal of Morphology 271 (8): 910-931; online supplementary material.

Grebennikov, V. V. & A. F. Newton. 2009. Good-bye Scydmaenidae, or why the ant-like stone beetles should become megadiverse Staphylinidae sensu latissimo (Coleoptera). European Journal of Entomology 106 (2): 275-301.

Seago, A. E. & A. F. Newton. 2009. A new genus of leiodid beetle from Chile, with a generic key and species checklist of described Neopelatopini (Coleoptera: Leiodidae: Camiarinae). Annales Zoologici 59 (3): 297-304.

Solodovnikov, A. & A. F. Newton. 2009. Australotarsius - A new genus of the rove beetle tribe Staphylinini from Australia (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Staphylininae). Zootaxa 2033: 49-57.

Caron, E., C. S. Ribeiro-Costa &  A. F. Newton. 2008. New position of an abdominal defensive gland complex in Staphylinidae (Coleoptera) with redescription of Piestus heterocephalus Fauvel, 1902 (Piestinae). Zootaxa 1895: 1-9.

Grebennikov, V. V. & A. F. Newton. 2008. Minute larvae of Leptotyphlinae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae): description of three genera with discussion on the monophyly and phylogenetic position of the subfamily as inferred from larval morphology. Zootaxa 1817: 49-58.

Newton, A. F. & D. S. Chandler. 2007. World catalog of the species of Tyrini (Hlaváč & Chandler 2005): Additions, corrections, and a new name (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Pselaphinae). Folia Heyrovskyana (A) 14 (3): 113-116 (2006).

Navarrete-Heredia, J.-L., C. Gómez-Rodríguez & A. F. Newton. 2006. Staphylinidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) of the Biologia Centrali-Americana: Current status of the names. Zootaxa 1251: 1-70.

Newton, A. F. 2006. Habrocerus capillaricornis (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) discovered in South Africa. African Entomology 14 (1): 193-194.

Newton, A. F. & S. B. Peck. 2006. Family Staphylinidae, the rove beetles, pp. 131-158. In: Peck, S. B. The beetles of the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador: evolution, ecology and diversity (Insecta: Coleoptera). NRC Research Press, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. xiii + 313 pp.  

Bouchard, P., J. F. Lawrence, A. Davies & A. F. Newton. 2005. Synoptic classification of the world Tenebrionidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) with a review of family-group names. Annales Zoologici 55 (4): 499-530.

Newton, A. F. 2005. Sphaeritidae Shuckard, 1839; Synteliidae Lewis, 1882; Agyrtidae Thomson, 1859; Leiodidae Fleming, 1821, pp. 183-190, 261-280. In: Beutel, R. G. & R. A. B. Leschen (eds.). Coleoptera, Beetles. Vol. 1: Morphology and systematics (Archostemata, Adephaga, Myxophaga, Polyphaga partim). Handbuch der Zoologie/Handbook of Zoology. Band/Vol. IV: Arthropoda: Insecta (N. P. Kristensen & R. G. Beutel, eds.). Teilband/Part 38. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin & New York. xi + 567 pp.  

Newton, A. F., C. Gutiérrez Chacón & D. S. Chandler. 2005. Checklist of the Staphylinidae (Coleoptera) of Colombia. Listado de los Staphylinidae (Coleoptera) de Colombia. Biota Colombiana 6 (1): 1-72.

Solodovnikov, A. Y. & A. F. Newton. 2005. Phylogenetic placement of Arrowinini trib. n. within the subfamily Staphylininae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae), with revision of the relict South African genus Arrowinus and description of its larva. Systematic Entomology 30 (3): 398-441.

Betz, O., M. K. Thayer & A. F. Newton. 2003. Comparative morphology and evolutionary pathways of the mouthparts in spore-feeding Staphylinoidea (Coleoptera). Acta Zoologica 84 (3): 179-238.

Leschen, R. A. B. & A. F. Newton. 2003. Larval description, adult feeding behavior, and phylogenetic placement of Megalopinus (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Coleopterists Bulletin 57 (4): 469-493.

Navarrete-Heredia, J. L. & A. F. Newton. 2002. Agyrtidae, pp. 493-498. In: Llorente Bousquets, J. & J. J. Morrone (eds.). Biodiversidad, taxonomía y biogeografía de artrópodos de México: hacia una síntesis de su conocimiento. Vol. III. Museo de Zoología, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma de México, México D.F., México. x + 690 pp.  

Navarrete-Heredia, J. L., A. F. Newton, M. K. Thayer, J. S. Ashe & D. S. Chandler. 2002. Guía ilustrada para los géneros de Staphylinidae (Coleoptera) de México. Illustrated guide to the genera of Staphylinidae (Coleoptera) of Mexico. Universidad de Guadalajara & CONABIO, México. xii + 401 pp.  

Sikes, D. S., R. B. Madge & A. F. Newton. 2002. A catalog of the Nicrophorinae (Coleoptera: Silphidae) of the world. Zootaxa 65: 1-304.

Newton, A. F. 2001. Case 3159. Staphylinus maculosus and S. violaceus Gravenhorst, 1802 (currently Platydracus maculosus and P. violaceus; Insecta, Coleoptera): proposed conservation of usage of the specific names. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 58: 210-214.

Newton, A. F. 2001. Corrections to world catalog of the genera of Pselaphidae (Newton & Chandler, 1989) (Coleoptera). Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 48: 53-55.

Newton, A. F. 2000. Sphaeritidae Shuckard, 1839, pp. 209-211. In: Arnett, R. H. Jr. & M. C. Thomas (eds.), American Beetles, Vol. 1. Archostemata, Myxophaga, Adephaga, Polyphaga: Staphyliniformia. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida. xv + 443 pp. (2001)  

Newton, A. F., M. K. Thayer, J. S. Ashe & D. S. Chandler. 2000. Staphylinidae Latreille, 1802, pp. 272-418. In: Arnett, R. H., Jr. and M. C. Thomas (eds.), American Beetles, Vol. 1. Archostemata, Myxophaga, Adephaga, Polyphaga: Staphyliniformia. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida. xv + 443 pp. (2001)  

Peck, S. B., P. Gnaspini & A. F. Newton. 2000. Catalogue and generic keys for the Leiodidae of Mexico, West Indies, and Central and South America (Insecta: Coleoptera). Giornale Italiano di Entomologia 9: 37-72 (1998).

Kistner, D. H. & A. F. Newton. 1999. A new genus and species of termitophilous Osoriinae from Thailand (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) with notes on its behavior and that of associated termitophiles. Sociobiology 34: 239-258.

Ballard, J. W. O., M. K. Thayer, A. F. Newton, & E. R. Grismer. 1998. Data sets, partitions, and characters: Philosophies and procedures for analyzing multiple data sets. Systematic Biology 47: 367-396.

Newton, A. F., Jr. 1998. Phylogenetic problems, current classification and generic catalog of world Leiodidae (including Cholevidae), pp. 41-178. In: Giachino, P. M. & S. B. Peck (eds.), Phylogeny and evolution of subterranean and endogean Cholevidae (=Leiodidae Cholevinae). Proceedings of XX I.C.E., Firenze, 1996. Atti Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, Torino. 295 pp.  

Newton, A. F. & H. Franz. 1998. World catalog of the genera of Scydmaenidae (Coleoptera). Koleopterologische Rundschau 68: 137-165.

Newton, A. F. 1997. Review of Agyrtidae (Coleoptera), with a new genus and species from New Zealand. Annales Zoologici 47: 111-156.

Newton, A. F. 1997. First record of the genus Platydracus (=Staphylinus in part) from Hawaii, with notes on Hawaiian Creophilus (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Staphylininae: Staphylinini). Bishop Museum Occasional Papers 49: 23-25.

Klimaszewski, J., A. F. Newton Jr. & M. K. Thayer. 1996. A review of the New Zealand rove beetles (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). New Zealand Journal of Zoology 23 (2): 143-160.

Navarrete-Heredia, J. L. & A. F. Newton, Jr. 1996. Staphylinidae (Coleoptera), pp. 369-380. In: Llorente Bousquets, J. E., A. N. García Aldrete and E. González Soriano (eds.), Biodiversidad, taxonomía y biogeografía de artrópodos de México: hacia una síntesis de su conocimiento. Instituto de Biología, Universidad Autónoma de México, México D.F., México. xvi + 660 pp.  

Newton, A. F. 1996. Creophilus luctuosus (Blanchard) from Bolivia transferred to the genus Xanthopygus, with locality correction (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Studies on Neotropical Fauna and Environment 31 (2): 79-81.

Lawrence, J. F. & A. F. Newton, Jr. 1995. Families and subfamilies of Coleoptera (with selected genera, notes, references and data on family-group names), pp. 779-1006. In: Pakaluk, J. & S. A. Ślipiński (eds.). Biology, phylogeny, and classification of Coleoptera: Papers celebrating the 80th birthday of Roy A. Crowson. Muzeum i Instytut Zoologii PAN, Warszawa. x + 1092 pp. in 2 vols.  

Newton, A. F., Jr. 1995. Case 2872. Xantholinini Erichson, 1839 and Quediini Kraatz, 1857 (Insecta, Coleoptera): proposed precedence over senior synonyms, and Quedius Stephens, 1829: proposed designation of Staphylinus levicollis Brullé, 1832 as the type species. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 52: 48-53.

Newton, A. F., Jr. & M. K. Thayer. 1995. Protopselaphinae new subfamily for Protopselaphus new genus from Malaysia, with a phylogenetic analysis and review of the Omaliine Group of Staphylinidae including Pselaphidae (Coleoptera), pp. 219-320. In: Pakaluk, J. & S. A. Ślipiński (eds.). Biology, phylogeny, and classification of Coleoptera: Papers celebrating the 80th birthday of Roy A. Crowson. Muzeum i Instytut Zoologii PAN, Warszawa. x + 1092 pp. in 2 vols.  

Ashe, J. S. & A. F. Newton, Jr. 1993. Larvae of Trichophya and phylogeny of the tachyporine group of subfamilies (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) with a review, new species and characterization of the Trichophyinae. Systematic Entomology 18 (4): 267-286.

Newton, A. F., Jr. 1993. Leptusa alpicola Brancsik: dual lectotype designations (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Coleopterists Bulletin 47 (1): 34.

Burakowski, B. & A. F. Newton Jr. 1992. The immature stages and bionomics of the myrmecophile Thoracophorus corticinus Motschulsky, and placement of the genus (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Osoriinae). Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale "Giacomo Doria" 89: 17-42.

Johnson, S. A., R. W. Lundgren, A. F. Newton, Jr., M. K. Thayer, R. L. Wenzel & M. R. Wenzel. 1992. Mazur's World Catalog of Histeridae: emendations, replacement names for homonyms, and an index. Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 61 (2): 1-100 (1991).

Newton, A. F., Jr. & M. K. Thayer. 1992. Current classification and family-group names in Staphyliniformia (Coleoptera). Fieldiana: Zoology (N.S.) 67: 1-92.

Newton, A. F., Jr., M. K. Thayer & C. W. Sabrosky. 1992. Case 2786. Tachinidae Fleming, 1821 (Insecta, Coleoptera) and Tachinidae Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830 (Insecta, Diptera): proposed removal of homonymy, and Tachyporidae MacLeay, 1825 (Insecta, Coleoptera): proposed precedence over Tachinusidae Fleming, 1821. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 49: 122-126.

Thayer, M. K., A. F. Newton Jr. & T. Pape. 1992. Case 2793. Metopiinae Foerster, 1868 (Insecta, Hymenoptera), Metopiini Raffray, 1904 (Insecta, Coleoptera), and Metopiini Townsend, 1908 (Insecta, Diptera): proposed removal of homonymy. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 49: 200-204.

Newton, A. F., Jr. 1991 Agyrtidae through Silphidae and Pselaphidae (Staphylinoidea), Sphaeritidae through Histeridae (Hydrophiloidea), pp. 324-341, 353-355, 359-364. In: Stehr, F. W. (ed.). Immature Insects. Vol. 2. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., Dubuque, Iowa. xvi + 975 pp.  

Newton, A. F., Jr. 1990. Myrmelibia, a new genus of myrmecophile from Australia, with a generic review of Australian Osoriinae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Invertebrate Taxonomy 4: 81-94.

Newton, A. F., Jr. 1990. Larvae of Staphyliniformia (Coleoptera): where do we stand? Coleopterists Bulletin 44 (2): 205-210.

Newton, A. F., Jr. 1990. Insecta: Coleoptera: Staphylinidae adults and larvae, pp. 1137-1174. In: Dindal, D. L. (ed.). Soil biology guide. John Wiley & Sons, New York. xviii + 1349 pp.  

Newton, A. F., Jr. & S. L. Stephenson. 1990. A beetle/slime mold assemblage from northern India (Coleoptera; Myxomycetes). Oriental Insects 24: 197-218.

Newton, A. F., Jr. 1989. Review of Dactylosternum Wollaston species of Australia and New Zealand (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae). Australian Entomological Magazine 16: 49-58.

Newton, A. F., Jr. 1989. Paralispinus mariae Hatch (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Osoriinae) transferred to genus Stictocranius (Euaesthetinae). Coleopterists Bulletin 43 (2): 145-146.

Newton, A. F., Jr. & D. S. Chandler. 1989. World catalog of the genera of Pselaphidae (Coleoptera). Fieldiana: Zoology (N.S.) 53: 1-93.

Newton, A. F., Jr. 1988. Fooled by flatness: subfamily shifts in subcortical Staphylinidae (Coleoptera). Coleopterists Bulletin 42 (3): 255-262.

Newton, A. F., Jr. & M. K. Thayer. 1988. A critique on Naomi's phylogeny and higher classification of Staphylinidae and allies (Coleoptera). Entomologia Generalis 14: 63-72.

Newton, A. F., Jr. 1987. Four Staphylinus (sensu lato) species new to North America, with notes on other introduced species (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Coleopterists Bulletin 41 (4): 381-384.

Newton, A. F., Jr. 1985. South temperate Staphylinoidea (Coleoptera): their potential for biogeographic analysis of austral disjunctions, pp. 180-220. In: Ball, G. E. (ed.). Taxonomy, phylogeny and zoogeography of beetles and ants. Series Entomologica 33, W. Junk, Dordrecht. xiii + 514 pp.  

Newton, A. F., Jr. 1984. Mycophagy in Staphylinoidea (Coleoptera), pp. 302-353. In: Wheeler, Q. & M. Blackwell (eds.). Fungus-insect relationships: perspectives in ecology and evolution. Columbia University Press, New York. xiii + 514 pp.  

Newton, A. F., Jr. 1983. New generic synonymies, new combinations, and distributional comments on Leiodini (Coleoptera: Leiodidae). Coleopterists Bulletin 37 (2): 173-176.

Newton, A. F., Jr. 1983. Agathidiodes Portevin, new synonym of Stetholiodes Fall (Coleoptera: Leiodidae: Anisotomini). Psyche 89 (3-4): 337-338 (1982).

Newton, A. F., Jr. 1983. Typhlobledius Lea transferred to Osoriini (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Oxytelinae, Osoriinae). Coleopterists Bulletin 37 (2): 176.

Lawrence, J. F. & A. F. Newton, Jr. 1982. Evolution and classification of beetles. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 13: 261-290.

Newton, A. F., Jr. 1982. New name for the extinct genus Mesagyrtes Ponomarenko (Coleoptera: Silphidae s.l.). Psyche 88 (3-4): 335 (1981).

Newton, A. F., Jr. 1982. A new genus and species of Oxytelinae from Australia, with a description of its larva, systematic position, and phylogenetic relationships (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae). American Museum Novitates 2744: 1-24.

Newton, A. F., Jr. 1982. Redefinition, revised phylogeny, and relationships of Pseudopsinae (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae). American Museum Novitates 2743: 1-13.

Lawrence, J. F. & A. F. Newton, Jr. 1980. Coleoptera associated with the fruiting bodies of slime molds (Myxomycetes). Coleopterists Bulletin 34 (2): 129-143.

Thayer, M. K. & A. F. Newton, Jr. 1979. Revision of the south temperate genus Glypholoma Jeannel, with four new species (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Omaliinae). Psyche 85 (1): 25-63 (1978).

Newton, A. F., Jr. 1975. The systematic position of Glypholoma Jeannel, with a new synonymy (Coleoptera: Silphidae, Staphylinidae). Psyche 82 (1): 53-58.

Newton, A. & S. B. Peck. 1975. Baited pitfall traps for beetles. Coleopterists Bulletin 29 (1): 45-46.

         

Not peer-reviewed, miscellaneous

 

Yates, D. L., J. F. Taulman, A. P. G. Dowling, L. A. Durden & A. F. Newton. 2010. Invertebrates associated with nests of southern flying squirrels - a preliminary report. Poster presented at 46th Annual Meeting, Missouri Academy of Science, April 16-17, Missouri State University, Springfield.  

Newton, A. F. 2007. Congratulations to NSSJ on its tenth anniversary! Newsletter of the Staphylinidological Society of Japan 33: 6-7.

Newton, A. F. 2007. Documenting biodiversity: how well are we doing in Staphyliniformia (Coleoptera)? Entomological Society of America poster presentation D0471. Available (ESA members only) at <http://esa.confex.com/esa/2007/techprogram/paper_32168.htm>.  

Lingafelter, S., B. Anderson, B. Timm, Z. Falin, M. L. Jameson, A. Newton, G. Ball, et al. 2006. In memoriam, James Stephen "Steve" Ashe (1947-2005). Coleopterists Bulletin 60 (1): 1-12.  

Boone, J. H., P. Z. Goldstein, C. Grinter, J. E. Louderman, A. F. Newton, P. P. Parrillo, M. B. Prondzinski, M. K. Thayer, P. Sierwald, D. A. Summers & J. A. Wagner; paintings by P. Macnamara. 2005. Illinois insects and spiders. University of Chicago Press & The Field Museum, Chicago & London.  xv + 118 pp. (incl. 28 color plates).

Thayer, M. K. & A. F. Newton. 2004. Southern beetle quest. In the Field: The Field Museum's Member Publication 75 (3): 18-19.  

Newton, A. F. 2002. Book Review: Herman, L. H., 2001, Catalog of the Staphylinidae (Insecta: Coleoptera), 1758 to the end of the second millennium, Parts I-VII (Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 265: 1-4218). Coleopterists Bulletin 56 (4): 597-600.  

Carlton, C., A. Newton, Jr., M. Thayer, G. Ball, E. Hall, A. Smith, M. L. Jameson, B. Ratcliffe, S. Peck, T. Seeno, S. Lingafelter, P. J. Johnson, W. Warner & P. Skelley. 2000. A comment on Coleoptera and Hymenoptera diversity. American Entomologist 46 (2): 69.  

Newton, A. F., E. G. Matthews & J. Muona. 2000. John F. Lawrence - coleopterist par excellence. Invertebrate Taxonomy 14: 721-731.  

Newton, A. F. 1996. Book review: Smetana, A., 1995, Rove beetles of the subtribe Philonthina of America north of Mexico (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae): Classification, phylogeny and taxonomic revision. Dugesiana 3 (1): 46-50.  

Newton, A. F., Jr. 1996. Online gazetteers; Staphylinidae ("most wanted"); Vial stoppers. Mola 6: 4-6.  

Newton, A. F., Jr. 1995. Norville M. Downie. Insect Collection News 10: 24.  

Newton, A. F., Jr. & M. K. Thayer. 1995. Comment on the proposed conservation of Aspidiphorus Ziegler in Dejean, 1821 (Insecta, Coleoptera) as the correct original spelling, and the placement of Aspidiphoridae Kiesenwetter, 1877 (1859) on the Official List (Case 2918; see BZN 52: 44-47). Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 52: 264-266.  

Thayer, M. K. & A. F. Newton, Jr. 1994. New product review: Lawrence, J. et al., 1993, Beetle larvae of the world; CSIRO Publications, East Melbourne, Victoria; CD-ROM + 52 pp. Mola 3: 6-7 (1993).  

Newton, A. F., Jr. 1992. Comment (3) on the proposed conservation of the generic name Helophorus Fabricius, 1775 (Insecta, Coleoptera) as the correct original spelling (Case 2796; see BZN 49: 30-31). Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 49: 231.  

Newton, A. F., Jr. 1992. Técnicas para la elaboración de preparaciones permanentes y temporales de Coleópteros pequeños.  [Translation and appendix by J. L. Navarrete-Heredia]. Boletín Mexicana de Entomología 10: 11-13.  

Thayer, M. K. & A. F. Newton, Jr. 1992. Specimen databases as research tools. Insect Collection News 8: 6-7.  

Newton, A. F., Jr. & M. K. Thayer. 1990. Book Review: Zanetti, A. 1987. Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Omaliinae. Fauna d'Italia 25, Edizioni Calderini, Bologna, xii + 472 pp. Coleopterists Bulletin 44 (1): 93-94.  

Newton, A. F., Jr. & M. K. Thayer. 1990. Comment on the proposed placement of Hydrobiidae Troschel, 1857 (Mollusca, Gastropoda) on the Official List of Family-Group Names (Case 2699; see BZN 47: 104-109). Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 47: 286-287.  

Newton, A. F., Jr. 1989. Collection news from the Field Museum. Insect Collection News 2 (2): 17-18.  

Newton, A. F., Jr. 1988. Book review: Anderson, R. S. and S. B. Peck. 1985. The carrion beetles of Canada and Alaska. Biosystematics Research Institute Publication 1778, 121 pp. Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Canada 20: 25.  

    

Web resources

 

Newton, A. F. & E. Caron. 2016. Staphylinidae. In: Catálogo Taxonômico da Fauna do Brasil. PNUD (Programa das Nações Unidas para o Desenvolvimento) Brasil. Available at URL: <http://fauna.jbrj.gov.br/fauna/listaBrasil/ConsultaPublicaUC/ConsultaPublicaUC.do> [accessed 01 February 2016]. 

Ahn, Kee-Jeong, Young Bok Cho, Yoon-Ho Kim, In-Seong Yoo & A. F. Newton. 2014. Checklist of the Staphylinidae (Coleoptera) in Korea. Chungnam National University, Daejeon, South Korea. Onlne resource at <http://cafius.wix.com/korean-beetles#!korean-staphylinidae/ck0q>. 

Thayer, M. K., A. F. Newton, A. Y. Solodovnikov & D. J. Clarke. 2007. PEET - Austral Staphylinidae: Systematics and historical biogeography. Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago. Online resource at URL: <http://archive.fieldmuseum.org/peet_staph/> (last accessed 17 May 2014). 

Newton, A. F. & M. K. Thayer. 2005. Catalog of higher taxa, genera and subgenera of Staphyliniformia [online]. Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History [last updated 27 August 2005]. Available from URL: <http://archive.fieldmuseum.org/peet_staph/db_1a.html>. 

Newton, A. F. & M. K. Thayer. 2005. Catalog of austral species of Staphylinidae and other Staphylinoidea [online]. Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History [last updated 27 August 2005]. Available from URL: <http://archive.fieldmuseum.org/peet_staph/db_1b.html>. 

Newton, A. F. & M. K. Thayer. 2005. Bibliography supporting catalogs of Staphyliniformia family-, genus- and species-group names [online]. Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History [last updated 27 August 2005]. Available from URL: <http://archive.fieldmuseum.org/peet_staph/db_1d.html>. 

Newton, A. F. & M. K. Thayer. 2005. Catalog of higher taxa, genera, and subgenera of Staphyliniformia; Catalog of austral species of Staphylinoidea; Bibliography of catalog references: Field content documentation. Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History [last updated 9 September 2005]. Available from URL: <http://archive.fieldmuseum.org/peet_staph/pdfs/Database_Documentation.pdf>. 

Thayer, M. K. & A. F. Newton. 2005. Distribution of austral species of Staphylinoidea: Genera and species of Staphylinidae, Silphidae, Leiodidae, and Agyrtidae occurring in Australia, New Zealand, Chile and/or southern Argentina, or South Africa (also Madagascar) and neighboring islands. Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago. 313 pp. Online only, PDF available from URL: <http://archive.fieldmuseum.org/peet_staph/db_1c.html> Downloaded 18 July 2015. 

Peck, S. B. & A. F. Newton. 2001. The leiodid beetles of Costa Rica [online]. Costa Rica: INBio [last updated 2001]. Available from URL: <http://www.inbio.ac.cr/papers/leiudidae/>. [Yes, the family name is misspelled in the URL!]

Work experience

  • Curator Emeritus, Department of Zoology, Field Museum of Natural History, January 2009-present
  • Associate Curator, Division of Insects, Field Museum of Natural History, July 1991-December 2008 (Assistant Curator, November 1985-June 1991); Head of Division, September 1988-June 1998; Project Director, NSF collection facilities grants to Division, 1989-1995, 1996-1998; co-PI 2006-2009
  • Collection Manager, Entomology Department, and Curatorial Associate, Museum of Comparative Zoology (Harvard), February 1975-July 1985
  • Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History, November 1978-1984?
  • Visiting Curator (Coleoptera, Staphylinoidea), Canadian National Collection, Ottawa, September 1998
  • Visiting Curator (Coleoptera, Staphylinoidea), University of California at Davis, March 1995
  • Visiting Curator (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae), Bishop Museum, June 1991, March 1993
  • Visiting Curator (Staphylinoidea), University of Michigan, June 1990
  • Visiting Curator (Peruvian Staphylinidae), National Museum of Natural History, August 1985
  • Visiting Curator (Staphylinoidea), University of New Hampshire, February 1984
  • Visiting Curator ("Microcoleoptera"), American Museum of Natural History, May 1982
  • Visiting Curator (Staphylinidae), California Academy of Sciences, April-May 1976, November 1993
  • Visiting Systematist, University of Arkansas, October-December 1974
  • Visiting Specialist (Staphyliniformia), Museum of Comparative Zoology, January-July 1974
  • Teaching Fellow, Harvard University, September 1969-January 1971, September 1972-January 1973
  • Laboratory Assistant, Hercules Powder Company, Burlington, New Jersey, June-September of 1964-1966

Professional affiliations

  • American Association for Zoological Nomenclature
  • Asociación Europea de Coleopterología
  • Cambridge Entomological Club (member of Editorial Board, 8 years; Executive Committee, 3 years; Nominating Committee, 2 years)
  • Coleopterists Society (Councilor, 1993-1994, 2000-2001; Nominating Committee, 1 year; Auditing Committee, 2 years; Ad Hoc Committee on Beetle Larvae, 1986-1988; Lacordaire Prize Selection Committee, 1994-2003); Committee for Official List of Family- and Genus-group names in Coleoptera (Asociación Europea de Coleopterología and Coleopterists Society joint committee; 2002-2005)
  • Entomological Society of America (Student competition judge, Section A, 1991, 2008)
  • National Science Collections Alliance (formerly Association of Systematics Collections)
  • Sigma Xi
  • Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections
  • Society of Systematic Biologists
  • Willi Hennig Society