Donald S. Chandler

Phone: (603) 862-1735
Office: Biological Sciences, Spaulding Hall Rm 266, Durham, NH 03824
Donald Chandler

As an entomologist and curator of the University insect collection, I am broadly interested in biodiversity of all insects. I have maintained my research on the systematics of two beetle groups, the Anthicidae and Pselaphinae (Staphylinidae) in North America, Central America, New Zealand, and Australia, while also carrying on applied biodiversity studies in forest entomology, and aquatic entomology. These studies have focused on documenting changes in the insect fauna of unique or old-growth forest habitats in New England, Costa Rica, and Australia for comparisons of sites that that have been extensively disturbed. Research in aquatic entomology has pursued characterization of the stream faunas and their seasonality in New England.

Several season-long inventories have been carried out in unique or old-growth areas of New Hampshire, and these insect records have been incorporated into the a database that is accessible at Currently, the collection holds 11,506 species of insects taken in New Hampshire. A course in insect biodiversity (ZOOL 745/845) is used to introduce students to approaches in sampling insect biodiversity, managing the data, and statistics useful for working with alpha and beta biodiversity.


  • Ph.D., Entomology, Ohio State University
  • M.S., Entomology, University of Arizona
  • B.S., Entomology, University of California - Davis
  • A.A., Biology, Shasta College

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 412/412H: Intro Biol: Evol Biodiv & Ecol
  • SAFS 760/860: Insect Pest Management
  • ZOOL 745/845: Biology & Diversity of Insects

Selected Publications

Chandler, D. S., Sabella, G., & Bueckle, C. (2015). A revision of the Nearctic species of Brachygluta Thomson, 1859 (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Pselaphinae). ZOOTAXA, 3928(1), 1-+. Retrieved from