Nathan Lord

Title Adjuct Faculty
Department Entomology Department
Address 1 404 Life Sciences Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone 225-578-1634
Fax 225-578-2257

Book Chapters

2010. Slipiński, A.S., N.P. Lord and J.F. Lawrence, 10.28. Bothrideridae Erichson, 1845. Pp. 411-422 in: Handbuch der Zoologie/Handbook of Zoology. Band/Volume IV Arthropoda: Insecta Teilband/Part 38. Coleoptera, Beetles. Volume 2. Morphology and Systematics (Polyphaga partim). (Eds RG Beutel, RAB Leschen and JF Lawrence). W. DeGruyter, Berlin.


Kang, I., K.D. Long, M.J. Sharkey, J.B. Whitfield, and N.P. Lord. Orientocardiochiles, a new genus of Cardiochilinae (Hymenoptera, Braconidae), with descriptions of two new species from Malaysia and Vietnam. ZooKeys 971: 1–15 (2020).

Bermúdez-Ureña, E., C. Kilchoer, N.P. Lord, U. Steiner, and B.D. Wilts. Structural diversity with varying disorder enables the multi-color display in the longhorn beetle Sulawesiella rafaelae. iScience, 23(7), 101339. Published online 02 July.

Buckley, T.R, N.P. Lord, A. Ramon-Laca, J.S. Allwood, and R.A.B. Leschen. Journal of Biogeography. Early View, published 17 January 2020.


Leschen, R.A.B. and N. P. Lord. Three new genera of New Zealand Synchitini (Coleoptera: Zopheridae: Colydiinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin, 71(4): 733–745.

Sharkey, C.R., M.S. Fujimoto, N.P. Lord, A. Suvorov, G.J. Martin, S. Shin, D.D. McKenna, S.M. Bybee. 2017. Overcoming the loss of blue sensitivity through opsin duplication in the largest animal group, beetles. Scientific Reports 7, Article number 8 (2017). doi:10.1038/s41598-017-00061-7.

Zhou, Y-L, N.P. Lord, and A.S. Ślipiński. 2017. Review of the Australian Teredolaemus Sharp, 1885 (Coleoptera: Teredidae) with description of five new species. Austral Entomology, early view published on 10 January. Doi: 10.1111/aen.12260.


Lord, N.P. and M.A. Ivie. 2016. Several new genera and species of New World Zopheridae (Coleoptera: Tenebrionoidea). The Coleopterists Bulletin, 70(4): 715–753.

Ivie, M.A., N.P. Lord, I.A. Foley, and S.A. Ślipiński. 2016. Colydiine genera of the New World: A key and nomenclatural acts 30 years in the making (Coleoptera: Zopheridae: Colydiinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin, 70(4): 755–788.

Lord, N.P., R.L. Plimpton, C.R. Sharkey, A. Suvorov, J.P. Lelito, B.M. Willardson, and S.M. Bybee. A cure for the blues: Opsin duplication and subfunctionalization for short wavelength sensitivity in jewel beetles (Coleoptera: Buprestidae). BMC Evolutionary Biology, 16:107. DOI: 10.1186/s12862-016-0674-4.

Arnold, P.R., N.P. Lord, A.N. Smith, and S.M Bybee. The effects of non-ideal temperature regimes on RNA quality from samples stored in RNAlater: an attempt to replicate field conditions. Journal of Analytical and Molecular Techniques, 2(1): 8.

Ivie, M.A., N.P. Lord, and M. Elgueta. Resolving a branching taxonomy conundrum - can one species be in two places at one time under the same name (Zopheridae: Colydiinae and Tenebrionide)? The Coleopterists Bulletin, 70(1): 105-110.


Martin, G.J., N.P. Lord, and S.M. Bybee. Review of the firefly (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) visual system and evolution of the genes underlying color vision. Organisms Diversity, & Evolution, published online 28 April 2015. DOI 10.1007/s13127-015-0212-z.

Robertson, J.A., A.S. Slipinski, M. Moulton, F.W. Shockley, A. Giorgi, N.P. Lord, D.D. McKenna, W. Tomaszewska, J. Forrester, K.B. Miller, M.F. Whiting, and J.V. McHugh. Phylogeny and classification of Cucujoidea and the recognition of a new superfamily Coccinelloidea (Coleoptera: Cucujiformia). Systematic Entomology, published online 6 August 2015. DOI: 10.1111/syen.12138.


Lord, N.P. and R.A.B. Leschen. Catalog and type designations of the New Zealand Zopheridae. Zootaxa, 3809(1): 1-127.

Lord, N.P., C.E. Carlton and R.A.B. Leschen. A new species of Leptochromus Motschulsky from Costa Rica (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) with notes on morphology and natural history. The Coleopterists Bulletin, 68(1): 119-125.

Alekseev, V.I. and N.P. Lord. A New Species of Xylolaemus (Coleoptera: Zopheridae: Colydiinae) from Baltic amber. The Baltic Journal of Coleopterology, 14(1): 97-102.


Lord, N.P. and J.V. McHugh. A taxonomic revision of the genus Deretaphrus Newman (Coleoptera: Bothrideridae). The Coleopterists Society Monograph Number 12, The Coleopterists Bulletin, 67(mo.4): 1-107.


Lord, N.P., C.S. Hartley, K.B. Miller, J.V. McHugh, M.F. Whiting. Phylogenetic analysis of the minute brown scavenger beetles (Coleoptera: Latridiidae), and recognition of a new beetle family, Akalyptoischiidae, fam. n. (Coleoptera: Cucujoidea). Systematic Entomology, 35: 753-763.

Bousquet, Y., P. Bouchard, and N.P. Lord. Case 3517. LATRIDIIDAE Erichson, 1842 (Insecta, Coleoptera): proposed precedence over Corticariidae Curtis, 1829; and Corticaria Marsham, 1802: proposed conservation of usage by designation of Corticaria ferruginea Marsham, 1802 as the type species. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 67(2). June, 2010.

Shockley, F.W., M.D. Ulyshen, and N.P. Lord. New state records and natural history notes for Micropsephodes lundgreni Leschen and Carlton (Coleoptera: Endomychidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin, 62(3): 350-352.


Our research is driven by three essential questions: Why are some taxonomic lineages so diverse, how can phylogeny inform us about innovations relating to diversity, and how do the organisms themselves discern between congeners or conspecifics? The taxon we currently focus on are the charismatic and economically important Jewel Beetles (Buprestidae). Buprestids exhibit an abundance of evolutionary innovations including infrared organs, chemical defenses, sexual signaling and dimorphisms, a variety of food breadth and natural history strategies, and a diversity of brilliant color schemes.

In particular, we have chosen to concentrate on one of the most ubiquitous, yet lesser-understood sensory systems within these flashy beetles — vision. By focusing on the evolution of visual systems via Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data, our recent research has revealed the presence of complexities not recovered to date among the Coleoptera (Lord et al. 2016). Investigations of the economically important emerald ash borer and other buprestids have yielded the presence of multiple expressed visual pigment protein (opsin) copies and differences in copy number between sexes. Through structural analyses of the amino acid variation comprising the opsin proteins, we have been able to identify putative sites critical to spectral tuning. These findings suggest the subfunctionalization of opsin gene duplications to achieve sensitivity to portions of the light spectrum not available to other beetles. As we begin to understand the molecular and physiological processes underlying vision, this research has potential to inform not only entomology and visual systems ecology, but may prove valuable in the economic control of pest species.

New research from our collaborative team focuses on the diversification of visual systems across the Coleoptera, and the interplay between odorant genes, vision genes, and correlations with natural history strategies.

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Insect Taxonomy - ENTM 4005

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